Following the rain that pounded the Las Vegas valley the past few weeks, plenty of folks are noticing more bugs in and around their homes.
The bugs, in turn, are attracting bats in some neighborhoods around the edges of town.
When bugs buzz around street lamps, for instance, the bats swoop in for a meal.
"(I was walking) down the street with a friend of mine. All of a sudden the bats are flying around. I'm not saying anything. Then, all of a sudden, one knocks me in my head," said homeowner and FOX5 employee Nicci Pucci.
Western Exterminators' Grady Jones said the increase in bugs and bats is no coincidence.
"(With) the rain… especially the mosquitoes are common food for bats. They're breeding now, (in) ponds of water, pools of water. (We have a) subtropical environment right now. We still have warmth, but a lot of rain so lots of bugs," Jones said.
Jones said Nevada is home to 23 species of bats, or about half the species in the United States. They're nocturnal animals that like to hide in dark spots during the daytime, sometimes in attics.
Despite their small size, bats eat about 600 bugs an hour. That's about half their weight in one night.
"A single colony can eat 250 tons of bugs in one night," Jones said.
Jones warned you can expect the bats to hang around until the weather starts to change.
"If we're really done with the moisture, then you're gonna see the bug population rise for a minute. All these bugs - water runs out and they freak out and come in homes. So you'll see more bugs, then it will start to decline," Jones said.
Jones said that only about half a percent of bats carry rabies and that they tend to stay away from people.
If you see a bat lying on the ground, you should step away from it and call an exterminator or animal control. There is a chance it could have rabies and attack you.
Jones said about half the bats in the world are endangered. They serve a purpose in our ecosystem, pollinating and controlling insect populations.
Another tidbit: Many people think bats are blind but in fact they see quite well.
Copyright 2012 KVVU (KVVU Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.
You can download the new FOX5 Vegas mobile app, which now features an Interactive Radar and the MyReport photo submission tool. iPhone DownloadiPad DownloadAndroid DownloadAmazon Fire DownloadFor the bestMore>>
Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
31 people are in trouble with the law after a three day prostitution sting in Richmond. Police told NBC12 they targeted specific areas where residents and business owners complained about the illegal activity.More >
Friday, February 28 2014 3:27 AM EST2014-02-28 08:27:54 GMT
On a rainy Monday afternoon, the buzz of air-powered tools rattled through the garage at CSC Lifts, Liners, and Accessories. The experienced hands of Darrell Carmena applied just the right pressure toMore >
A truck, the man of men, holds so many memories for a family. This fitting tribute is a chance to live on through the work, the sweat and the mud.More >
Wednesday, April 16 2014 12:40 AM EDT2014-04-16 04:40:17 GMT
Police have evacuated the area around the Boston Marathon finish line to investigate two unattended backpacks. Police spokesman Dave Estrada says the backpacks were discovered Tuesday evening, a yearMore >
Police say a man taken into custody near the Boston Marathon finish line had a rice cooker in his backpack and is being charged with possession of a hoax device.More >
Tuesday, April 15 2014 11:44 PM EDT2014-04-16 03:44:05 GMT
A man is behind bars at Clark County Detention Center in connection with the slaying of a woman in 2012. According to his arrest report, Robert Brown, 44, broke into the apartment of his girlfriend, NicholeMore >
A man is behind bars at Clark County Detention Center in connection with the slaying of a woman in 2012. More >
Friday, April 11 2014 6:08 PM EDT2014-04-11 22:08:56 GMT
A year-long, multi-agency investigation resulted in the arrest of 28 people for charges ranging from murder to racketeering. Law enforcement officers from the Baton Rouge Police Department, East BatonMore >
A year-long, multi-agency investigation resulted in the indictment of 28 people for charges ranging from murder to racketeering.More >