Mosquitos are great pollinators. Many assume that mosquitoes only feed on blood. Female mosquitos bite to obtain much needed proteins for egg laying. The male mosquito doesn’t bite at all. This means that mosquitos need another food source…nectar. They buzz around from flower to flower when not buzzing around us, picking up pollen as they go. When they land on another flower to feed, they transfer the pollen as well. It was found that mosquitos are contributors to the pollination of many varieties of orchids found in North America. It is believed that mosquitoes are the key pollinators of rare Artic Orchids, where other insects are scarce.
Mosquitos also provide a significant food source for other organisms. Bats, for example, may eat over 6000 mosquitoes a night! And they aren’t the only ones feeding on them. Mosquitos provide an ample meal to birds, fish, amphibians, dragonflies and damselflies, and even other mosquitos. Many aquatic animals and insects also feed on mosquito larvae that develop in a water source.
One easy way you can keep mosquitos around but off of you is by planting natural remedies like lavender, lemongrass, and mint. Be sure to grow them in planters as they tend to spread. Once established in planters, spread them throughout your outdoor sitting areas. And while you’re at it, why not build a bat box to provide a home for a natural mosquito hunter!
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