If mosquitoes bite us, what bites back?
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If mosquitoes bite us, what bites back?

While DynaTrap kills mosquitoes with technology, who are the natural predators that help us out?

Bats

Mosquitoes are the real Dracula in this situation. Bats are actually very friendly creatures. Do you know what makes them even friendlier? They can eat 600+ mosquitoes in an hour. That’s what I’m talking about! With that being said, mosquitoes aren’t a huge part of a bats diet. In fact, bats consume beetles, wasps, and moths-which the DynaTrap also catches. Wasps sting, beetles weaken roots of plants, and moth larvae eat away at your garden’s. Bats have the same mindset as a DynaTrap, get rid of non-beneficial insects. So don’t let bat myths scare you.  They’re really here to help.

 

Birds

Specifically, purple martins, swallows, warblers and other songbirds consume many flying insects. These flying insects include mosquitoes. Many insect-eating birds will eat their body weight in insects on a daily basis. Think about that…that’s a lot of insects. A lot of birds simply fly with their mouths open eating anything in their path. These birds will consume gnats, flies, or any other flying insects. Birds aren’t particular to just eating adult mosquitoes. They sometimes will also eat mosquitoes in their aquatic stages.

 

Fish

Fish differ from bats and birds because they aren’t predators to adult mosquitoes, but only mosquitoes that are in their aquatic stages. Mosquitoes lay their eggs on the top of the water’s surface. Giving fish easy access to a mosquito larvae meal. There is actually one fish, in particular, the Gambusia Affinis, better known as the mosquito fish, that is the real mosquito predator in the waters. This is because a large portion of their diet is mosquitoes. An adult female can consume hundreds of mosquitoes a day. This fish is great for mosquito control, but in other regards, it has become a huge nuisance in some communities. Read more here.

 

Frogs & Tadpoles

Although mosquitoes aren’t a huge portion of a frogs diet, frogs will still enjoy an afternoon mosquito snack. Frogs are a natural insect and pest control provider to our ecosystem. While tadpoles are like fish. They feed on the mosquito larvae that lies on the surface of the water. Most of the time, tadpoles are herbivores. There are a few species who will feed on small invertebrates including other tadpoles. There have been some studies where mosquito larvae and tadpoles have had to compete for food. It’s possible that this competitive spirit is what brings tadpoles to eat mosquitoes. Regardless, if tadpoles are around, there will most likely be fewer mosquitoes.

Turtles

Specifically the red-eared slider turtle, Trachemys Scipta. Lucky for the U.S., these are the most common types of turtles within their region. Many are even kept as pets. This turtle has been used for mosquito control, even with the Culex larvae. The Culex Pipien mosquito is a species that carries a number of diseases. These diseases include St. Louis Encephalitis, West Nile Virus, Western Equine Encephalitis, Heartworm in dogs, and bird malaria. Turtles are being used to stop these mosquitoes right at the start.

 

Other Insects

There are also many insects that consume mosquitoes. These include dragonflies, damselflies, ants, spiders, aquatic beetles, and even other mosquitoes. These mosquitoes are called Toxorhynchites. Also nicknamed elephant mosquitoes or mosquito eaters. They received this name because they not only prey on their own species, but the genus they possess makes them bigger than other mosquitoes.

To learn how the DynaTrap catches mosquitoes and other harmful insects, click this link.