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What Insects Eat Mosquitoes?

What Insects Eat Mosquitoes?

June 03, 2020

that there are insects in the world that have mosquitoes on their menu. The world finds a way to keep things balanced, and that means that pretty much every insect in this world can be prey to another animal.

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When it comes to reducing the number of mosquitoes you have around your home, it could be beneficial to do what you can to attract these predators to your property. If you’re curious to know what insects eat mosquitoes, they are listed below.

Vampire Spiders

It shouldn’t come as any surprise that there is a spider that eats mosquitoes. While not an insect exactly, many people consider this a creepy-crawly, so they’d put it in the same category as other insects.

This spider has developed a taste for eating female mosquitoes because it enjoys the taste of human blood, hence the name “vampire spider.” This may not exactly make you feel like want to have this spider in your yard, but take comfort in knowing that this spider’s mouthparts are too small to actually bite humans. That’s why it eats female mosquitoes to get its blood fix.

This spider is mainly found in Malaysia and east Africa, but some researchers are planning to introduce this spider to areas that are dominated by mosquitoes to see if it can help with pest control. While this spider does enjoy eating mosquitoes, it may be tough to convince people that having a spider on their property is beneficial.

Dragonflies

Dragonflies are beneficial mosquito eaters because they go after both the larvae and adults. They are natural mosquito hunters and killers, and they’ve even been given the nickname “Mosquito Hawks.” They may not be able to wipe out an entire mosquito population, but they can lower their numbers.

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Damselflies

These insects are similar to dragonflies, and they come from the same order, but they have some distinct features. Generally, there are smaller and thinner. They have longer, wispier abdomens, and when they perch, they fold their wings — unlike dragonflies that keep them open. A damselflies eyes are also separated, whereas dragonflies are connected.

Like dragonflies, damselflies hunt mosquitoes for survival. They live in many of the same watery areas, and even if they can’t totally annihilate the mosquito population, they can make a big impact on reducing their numbers.

Predacious Mosquitoes

Believe it or not, but there are mosquitoes in this world that don’t go after humans or other animals. They go after other mosquitoes. These insects are found in Australia, and they are larger than the average mosquito. They mainly eat honeydew, fruit, nectar and sap, but they’ll also target disease-carrying mosquitoes.

It has been suggested that predacious mosquitoes should be introduced into areas where mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue fever and malaria are prevalent to reduce the number of dangerous mosquitoes. While this hasn’t happened yet, it’s hard to say what the future might hold.

Getting Rid of Mosquitoes

When it comes to natural methods to get rid of mosquitoes around your property, you always have the option of bringing in these insects (and one spider!) that eat mosquitoes. The only downside to this method is that the environment has to be just right for these creatures to thrive.

If you’re looking for another option, you can always call MosquitoNix®. They have a green mosquito control available that is eco-friendly and non-toxic. This might be a better option to take care of your mosquito issues. Give them a call to see if this is the best option to keep your family protected.



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