Mosquitoes are annoying, and dragonflies can help you get rid of them. No chemicals, no sprays, and no scented 'things.'
Spring and summer months are the perfect time to enjoy your backyard and other outside spaces. But it's also the time when mosquitoes will be waiting in large numbers to torment you and your family when you attempt to enjoy sunbathing around your pool.
The good news is that you can now get rid of these nuisance insects without the need for chemicals. And one natural way to keep mosquitoes from your life is becoming 'allies with dragonflies.'
Dragonflies feed on mosquitos, and they can eat an average of 100 insects daily. Keep them in your backyard, and you'll never have to deal with mosquitoes anymore.
Dragonflies may seem scary, but they're only harmful to mosquitoes. Dragonfly larvae "nymphs," feed on mosquito larvae, while adult dragonflies feed on adult mosquitoes.
They like comfortable and safe environments, making ponds and backyards perfect habitats for them. The nymphs will eat mosquito larvae in the water, while the adult dragonflies will relax on rocks, waiting for the adult mosquitoes to leave the pond.
With this knowledge at hand, all you need to do is figure out how to ensure there are dragonflies in your yards or gardens.
1. Install A Pond
Installing a small pond or fountain will attract dragonflies as they're known to spend as much as 95 percent of their lives close to water. You can add some rocks in your pond or fountain to provide the dragonflies with a place to relax and hang out.
2. Use Water Plants
What you plant in and around your pond is critical to a dragonfly's survival. 'Water lilies are a favorite birthing place for some species of dragonflies.'
Dragonflies also love a grass called Glyceria Maxima, also known as Great Manna Grass or Reed Manna Grass.
LiliesWaterGardens website states:
"Dragonflies spend most of the lives as nymphs under the water, so when the time comes for them to take to the skies, they emerge out of the water by climbing the stems of their favored pond plants. Glyceria Maxima is one such plant as it has perfect stems and leaves for the newly emerged dragonflies to cling to while they dry off and expand their wings."
Other plants that attract adult dragonflies include Swamp Milkweed, Joe-Pye weed, and Black-Eyed Susan.
These plants added to your fountain and pond will attract dragonflies and assure that you can enjoy your backyard as often as possible without nuisance from pesky mosquitoes.