Paint turbines to reduce insect attraction
Overall effectiveness category No evidence found (no assessment)
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
There is evidence that bats actively forage on insects around wind turbines (e.g. Foo et al 2017). Common turbine colours (white and grey) have been found to attract significantly more insects than other colours, such as purple (Long et al 2011). Painting turbines in colours that are less attractive to insects could reduce bat foraging activity and subsequent fatalities.
Foo C.F., Bennett V.J., Hale A.M., Korstian J.M., Schildt A.J. & Williams D.A. (2017) Increasing evidence that bats actively forage at wind turbines. PeerJ, 5, e3985.
Long C.V., Flint J.A. & Lepper P.A. (2011) Insect attraction to wind turbines: does colour play a role? European Journal of Wildlife Research, 57, 323–331.