Project Green: Local middle schooler hoping to end mosquito problem

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Posted on July 6, 2009 at 6:00 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 15 at 1:31 PM

(WHAS11) - Matthew Moermond is a kind of Project Green all-star. Back in February, he and his classmates from Meyzeek Middle School made a Claymation film about turning trash into treasure. Now starring in his second project green, Matthew is trying to eradicate mosquitoes.

"I was just thinking about how much I hate mosquitoes, I hate mosquitoes, I hate all the bites all over my legs and arms and I thought what could reduce mosquitoes besides pesticides and stuff, and I thought bats," says Matthew.

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Matthew is enlisting the help of some camp kids at Louisville's Nature Center to help build bat houses. They're taking the bat abodes home to attract the flying mammals.

"Mosquitoes can carry very harmful diseases that can make people really sick and cause people to die from really harmful diseases and they can hurt family pets too by biting them, and no one like those red bites. People try to control them on their own by spraying all kinds of pesticides into the air and with those harmful aerosols in the air, it's really bad for the environment. Bats can also eat up to 600 mosquitoes an hour while they're feeding," says Matthew.

All of the wood for the bat houses is actually scrap wood, donated by a local remodeler. Matthew's mom, Jan, says you might be surprised what he wants to be when he grows up.

"Well, he keeps telling me he's going to be a NASCAR driver, so he'd have to be outside for that. Maybe a NASCAR powered by a battery. That's what he keeps saying!"

For now it's matt and the bats and fewer and fewer of those menacing mosquitoes.

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