Mosquito Muncher

Mosquito Muncher

With the increasing threat of more people being infected with potentially fatal diseases transmitted by mosquitos, it’s worth taking a look at some of the natural predators of mosquitos. While they don’t present a complete way of controlling the mosquito population, they could prove somewhat useful in the fight.

The mosquitofish is used by some parts of the country as a pretty effective means of controlling mosquitos. These voracious tiny predators have been known to eat 42 to 167 percent of their bodyweight every day. One of their main sources of food is mosquito larvae.

The purple martin is another mosquito predator that has been widely discussed. However, their ability to control mosquitos has been rather exaggerated. Mosquitos actually only comprise between 0 and 3 percent of their diet, so these guys are certainly no absolute control method.

Dragonflies, also referred to as “mosquito hawks,” consume a good amount of mosquitos. But, they do not eat the touted thousands of mosquitos, and so don’t provide a complete method of control. However, during their larval stage they can be a pretty big threat to mosquitos. These bold predators can do some pretty hefty damage to the mosquito population in their aquatic larval stage.

Adult frogs and toads are other animals that eat their fair share of mosquitos. While alone they don’t make a huge dent in the mosquito population, in conjunction with other predators, they will do a significant amount of work.

What do you think of using some of these natural predators as a means to control mosquitos?

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