Dragonflies – The Natural Pest Control Against Mosquitos
Did you know that you don’t have to use harsh and toxic chemicals to keep mosquitos at bay? All you need to do is make sure your yard is home to dragonflies, the biggest predators of mosquitos. These quite creatures eat hundreds of mosquitos a day, which makes them the safest natural pest control. If you manage to attract dragonflies to your yard, mosquitos will never be problem again. They will come especially handy during high mosquito season. The best thing about them is that the dragonflies eat mosquitos in both the larval phase and as adults.
How to Attract Dragonflies
Create a pond
Dragonflies spend the majority of their life under water, which is why creating a pond in your backyard is the best way to attract them. The pond should be about a feet or two deep and 10-15 feet in diameter. Scatter some rock around it so that the dragonflies will have where to rest and enjoy the summer sun. If digging out a pond is not doable in your yard you can always use a kids pool as a replacement.
Add Some Water Plants
When the pond part is complete, next you need to add some water plants to it. Water lilies for example. Dragonflies lay their eggs in these plants so they need water plants if you want to keep them around. Glyceria Maxima is a good plant for this purpose as it has the perfect leaves and stems for the dragonflies to climb onto.
Vitamin B1 is an excellent mosquito repellent
It’s been scientifically proven that vitamin B1 is an excellent mosquito repellent. It repels these pesky creatures because it masks our natural odors that attract the mosquitos in the first place. Spirulina is an excellent source of vitamin B1. Start taking 1 spoon a day and you’ll satisfy your recommended daily intake of B1.