What Eats Mosquitoes?

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Common Mosquito Predators

Mosquitoes usually live close to lakes, ponds, marshes, and other water sources that serve as breeding sites. However, the insects can also deposit their eggs in empty pools, birdbaths, and containers. Thankfully, there are a few mosquito predators that help to keep the pests in check.

What Eats Mosquitoes in Yards?

Bats

Bats are a natural form of insect control. A single bat can eat about 1,000 mosquitoes in an hour. Large bat colonies in rural and urban areas will reduce mosquito numbers. Unfortunately, the animals create their own issues when they roost in homes.

Mosquito-Eating Fish

Residents may stock ponds with fish like minnows, koi carp, bluegills, and the mosquitofish to reduce pests on their property. Fish can eat hundreds of larvae in a day. However, many of these mosquito predators can’t survive in cold climates, and ponds need restocking each spring.

Birds

From ducks and geese to swallows, swifts, and purple martins, many birds eat mosquito larvae and adult pests. Still, like most mosquito predators, birds will choose larger prey when they can. It takes less energy for them to feed on insects that offer more nutrition.

Getting Rid of Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes can be tough to manage, especially for homes and businesses near water. While animals that eat mosquitoes can limit the insects’ numbers, a serious problem may require intervention. Turn to Waltham Pest Services for responsible and effective mosquito control.

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