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Mosquito Predators

There are a number of insects and small animals that are natural predators of the mosquito. To fully appreciate these animals it is best to know how they can help to reduce the number of mosquitos. That way, instead of treating them like another annoyance, we can encourage them, to a certain degree, in order to control the pesky mosquitoes. Here is a list of the mosquito’s natural enemies, together with some interesting facts:

• Mosquitofish: eats both plant and animal life

  • According to some studies, a single mosquito fish can eat up to 50 mosquito larvae in half an hour and a maximum of 168 in an eight hour period.
  • They are the best choice right now because they can tolerate various temperature changes in the water, poor environments, and organic waters.

• Guppy:

  • Like the mosquito fish, guppies have the ability to endure significant levels of chemical and organic pollutants in the water that would cause other fish to die.
  • The guppy can tolerate some changes in water temperature, but not as drastic as the mosquitofish.

• Dragonfly:

  • Normally, the dragonfly’s prey is caught in the air and eaten in flight.
  • It consumes large numbers of mosquitoes.

• Birds:

  • Several specific species of birds eat mosquitoes.
  • Birds adapt their diet when there is a higher concentration of mosquitoes.
  • Water fowl consume mosquito larvae in their normal diets.

• Bats:

  • Most bat species feed after dark or at dusk.
  • Some experts estimated that one bat can eat between 600 to 1000 insects, mosquitoes included, within a period of one hour.

There are a number of things you can do to reduce the number of mosquitoes in your environment. Here are a few suggestions to encourage the previous mentioned predators and other natural mosquito predators:

  • Put bird houses on your lawn or in your backyard.
  • If you have a pond near your country house, you can grow plants such as cattails and bulrushes which attract dragonflies and other mosquito-eating insects.
  • Dense shrubs and brush often provide a habitat for birds and mosquito-eating insects.

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