The last of 40 new bat houses around the city of Largo are up in Northeast Park.
LARGO – If Largo residents notice they’ve gone through this summer with fewer mosquito bites than normal, they can thank local Boy Scouts.
The city’s Parks Division, Lowe’s Home Improvement and local Boy Scouts teamed up this year to construct and install 40 bat houses within Largo as part of achieving their Eagle Scout rank. The last ones went up in Northeast Park this past week.
Greg Brown, parks superintendent, said the bats eat 1,000-plus mosquitoes each night. He said the city has installed about 10 houses over the years with other Scouts, but any time they move or fix the houses, they are full of the pests, which can also carry the Zika virus.
Lowe’s in Largo donated enough materials to construct the houses.