Polskie LNG declared war on bloodthirsty mosquitoes
The weapon used is purely ecological these are bats which will be brought to Świnoujście in bigger numbers.
Polskie LNG has bought several dozen bat houses for those helpful mammals.
In consultation with leading chiropterologists (i.e. scientists studying bats) the bat houses were hung along the routes in the surrounding areas in the right-bank part of the city identified as conducive to the reproduction of insects.
This is the first stage of the "ComBATing mosquitoes" campaign launched by Polskie LNG this year. According to research conducted by the Polskie LNG company, 6 of 26 species of bats living in Poland have been found hibernating in Świnoujście.
These are: greater mouse-eared bat (Myotis myoti), Daubenton's bat (Myotis daubentonii), Natterer's bat (Natterer Myotis nattereri), pond bat (Myotis dasycneme), common pipistrelle (Pipistrellus pipistrellus), and brown long-eared bat (Plecotus auritus).
These flying mammals are a natural enemy of insect pests.
"Cooperation" with bats will significantly contribute to the reduction of toxic chemical insecticides used so far and which were found to be harmful to bees and butterflies.
It is worth noting that one bat can consume 10,000 insects at one night, and half of its diet may consist of mosquitoes.
Polskie LNG environmental specialists would like to encourage the residents to buy similar bat houses.
The battle on mosquitoes will be more effective with more "bird huts" for swallows and swifts.
The next phase of "ComBATing mosquitoes" project will be implemented in a few weeks' time.
The company plans to organize interactive classes for children and teenagers with the participation of scientists and bat lovers. ■