With so many mosquitoes in the Atlanta area attacking whenever you walk outside, it’s easy to wonder in disgust if there is anything that considers mosquitoes a delicious dinner. The answer to that question is yes, and some of those predators may surprise you. Read on to find out which animals and insects you can thank for taking out some of these nasty pests. We’ll explore if predators alone are enough for mosquito control in Atlanta.
Bats and birds start out this mosquito conquering lineup. Bats, in particular, are touted as eating a lot of mosquitoes, but their radar makes larger bugs easier targets. Bats and birds both only eat mosquitoes as 1 percent of their diet. Not quite the mosquito demolition squad and more of a sometimes consumer.
Next up, we have dragonflies. These have even earned the title of “mosquito hawk.”
Although they do eat some mosquitoes, the point where they most aggressively eat is in their aquatic larval stage, where they eat mosquito larva.
Speaking of mosquito larva control, let’s take to the water and fish around for some mosquito killers. Goldfish, guppies, bass, bluegill, and catfish join the roster of mosquito larva predators.
Large tadpoles do sometimes eat mosquitoes, but the reality is that they are mostly herbivores. Turtles also eat mosquito larvae. The red-eared slider eats the most of any turtle.
Land Based Predators
Spiders catch mosquitoes as well. You guessed it – mosquitoes get caught in their webs as mosquitoes fly around. Maybe you should let the spider webs on your porch stick around for a bit and let them thin out some of the mosquito population. Frogs also include mosquitoes in their diets.
Yet Mosquitoes Survive to Bite You
Even though all the animals and insects listed above do eat mosquitoes, there is a big problem. Most all of them only eat mosquitoes as a small portion of their diet. With a part-time mosquito feeding schedule, none of these species consistently makes a dent in the mosquito population. Frustrating, yes, but you do have two other options: you can either spray yourself with lots of repellants or you can hire a pest control company to annihilate the mosquitoes from your yard. Given the questionable health risks of spraying yourself with repellant, let’s go for the second option of pest control.
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