Attract Dragonflies For Mosquito Control

Did you know!? Dragonflies consume an abundance of pesky, annoying mosquitoes.

See how you can attract dragonflies to your yard for the ultimate pest control.

Don’t let your outdoor activities in your dream backyard oasis get ruined by mosquitos! We all know bats are great at providing natural mosquito control, but there’s another unlikely garden friend who can help as well: dragonflies! 

Not only are they beautiful and fun to watch, but they consume an abundance of pesky, annoying mosquitoes. Consider this: one dragonfly can consume hundreds of mosquitoes in a day. So how can you attract dragonflies to your yard for the ultimate pest control?

How to Attract Dragonflies to Your Yard

This beneficial insect is worth inviting to your yard. Here are a few tips to ensure they are welcome so they can start doing their job at controlling mosquitoes.

  • Remove the bug zapper if you have one and let the dragonflies do the zapping on the insects in your yard.
  • Install a pond or water feature in your yard. Dragonflies lay eggs in still, rather than moving, water throughout their life cycle.
  • If you have a pond with fish in it, place aquatic plants in pots and submerge them in the water. This will protect the dragonfly eggs from being eaten by fish.

These are land/yard plants to consider including to attract dragonflies:

  • Hardy or Tropical Water lily (Nymphaea)
  • Cattail (Typha latifolia)
  • Arrowhead (Sagittaria latifolia)
  • Water Horsetail (Equisetum fluviatile)
  • Pickerelweed (Pontederia cordata)
  • Wild Celery (Vallisneria americana)
  • White bulrush (Scirpus albescens)
  • Umbrella palm (Cyperus alternifolius)
  • Swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnate)
  • Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium fistulosum)

These are land/yard plants to consider including to attract dragonflies

  • Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)
  • White Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
  • Meadow Sage (Salvia marcus)

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