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Posted Wed Jul 22 2009: from Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette:
Mosquitoes 1, Bats 0
Already on the list of endangered species, the Indiana bat is one of the six species of bats threatened by the deadly syndrome that has killed hundreds of thousands of bats in the Northeastern states. And while some may find it difficult to muster sympathy over the demise of "sky rats," they should be concerned. Bats serve the beneficial purpose of acting as nature's insecticide. If the bats die off, insect populations will skyrocket and decimate food crops. Farmers will be forced to increase the use of pesticides leading to an increase in agricultural pollution. The demise of bats means less money in farmers' pockets, less food and more environmental pollution.... According to Parham, one bat can eat between 600 and 1,000 mosquitoes and other insect pests in just one hour.
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If only they were sky rats, they'd be able to reproduce faster than one pup per year.

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