Neighbours in the South Slough Heritage District in south Richmond live in an area of working farms and sloughs – the Woodwards Sough, the Horseshoe Slough, and the Finn Slough, plus wide ditches on No. 3 Road, on Finn Road and on Gilbert Road.
These sloughs and ditches are mosquito breeding grounds and we urgently desperately need more bats, since one bat can eat hundreds of mosquitoes a night.
Encroaching development has brought lights on industrial building in the distance, which means bats haven’t been as populous. This includes the local little brown bat, an at-risk species.
We asked and are so grateful to have received a $500 grant to buy bat boxes to install throughout the neighbourhood to encourage bats. Now we’re waiting for the bats to come and roost.