HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — Bats could use a treat this Halloween.

As Halloween rolls around, wildlife experts are asking folks to take a new look at bats — asking the public to shed their spooky Hollywood image and remember that bats are vital to controlling the spread of so many species of night-flying insects, WCBS 880’s Fran Schneidau reported.

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“An individual bat eats nearly 9,000 insects every year, so it’s a lot of insect control,” Connecticut wildlife biologist Jenny Dixon said.

According to Dixon, the value of insect control from bats amounts to nearly $23 billion in the United States alone. Sadly, she says, white noise syndrome continues to take a terrible toll on the creatures — with millions of bats dying from the disease each year.

Connecticut is home to up to eight different species of bats, including the Little and Big Brown Bat, the Eastern Long-eared Bat, the Silver-haired bat, and the Hoary Bat. According to the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection website, Little Brown Bats can eat up to 1,200 mosquitoes in an hour.

Bats are typically not a threat to humans, the DEEP says.

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Dixon suggests placing bat boxes around properties to help protect these nighttime creatures.

 

 

 

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