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  • Writer's pictureRobert Bate

Dragonflies and Damselflies - The Natural Pest Control for Mosquitos

Updated: Jan 29


Damselflies - mosquito control


Dragonflies and damselflies are fascinating creatures with a unique life cycle. Unlike most insects, dragonflies and damselflies spend the majority of their lives as nymphs living underwater. Nymphs are voracious predators, feeding on mosquito larvae and other small aquatic organisms. After shedding their final skin, they moult into adults, emerging from the water and unfurling their wings. Adult dragonflies and damselflies are known for their impressive aerial acrobatics, darting and diving around your garden in search of prey. An individual dragonfly can eat hundreds of mosquitoes each day, making them natural mosquito hunters.


If you want to attract dragonflies and damselflies to your property to help keep mosquito numbers down, there are additional steps you can take beyond planting native vegetation and providing standing water. Creating a habitat that mimics their natural environment is key, including grasses and other aquatic vegetation. You can also add large rocks for perching and basking in the sun. By creating an ideal environment for these beneficial insects, you'll be rewarded with fewer mosquitoes and a fascinating group of neighbours to watch and enjoy.


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