How to control dragonflies

by admin - June 21st, 2013.
Filed under: Study of Dragonflies.

Dragonflies are beautiful insects that belong to the order Odonata, along with damselflies. Dragonflies are predators that normally eat insects. They normally inhabit places near water – ponds, rivers, streams, and lakes – because their larvae, known as “nymphs,” are aquatic. Though adult dragonflies neither bite nor sting people, nymphs can sting at times. Though these stings are harmless, they can be relatively painful.

If for some reason, you would like to get rid of dragonflies in your home and yard, make sure that you have no water features around your home. Dragonfly nymphs, being aquatic in nature, need to have water in order to survive. So it you have a pond in your yard, you may want to consider getting rid of it altogether. If this is not an option, you can place fish in it, which will eat the dragonfly nymphs and eggs before they have the chance to reach adulthood. Frogs and toad eggs can also introduce diseases that will prevent dragonfly larvae from thriving properly.

You could also spray herbicide or pesticide in the area surrounding the pond, because polluted water will not be enticing to dragonflies. This will get rid of the nymphs, and potentially drive away the dragonflies because they will have no place for laying eggs. Pesticides will also get rid of the insects that dragonflies prey on, eliminating their food source.

Alternatively, you could allow floating plants to cover most of your pond. Because dragonflies are cold blooded insects, they need enough sunlight to survive. By allowing floating plants to grow and prevent sunlight from making its way into the pond, you will prevent dragonflies from breeding, eating, or escaping from predators.

If you want to get rid of the adult dragonflies, you will have to catch them with a net. You can then cut them in half and drop them into the pond in order to feed the other insects or small fish that reside there. You may have to repeat this process several times, and be ready – some dragonfly species are extremely quick and can soar to great heights.

Eliminating the dragonflies’ food source is the best way to get rid of them without having to catch them individually. Dragonflies normally prey on mosquitoes, gnats, and other small insects – if you are experiencing an overpopulation of dragonflies, it’s more than likely that your property has all of these other insects as well. If you get rid of these insects, the dragonflies will seek sustenance elsewhere. If you don’t get rid of the insects that serve as sustenance for the dragonflies, the population of mosquitoes and other insects will increase, and a new batch of dragonflies may come along after you get rid of the first one.

Of course, I’m a bit lazy, so I just contracted a pest control guy from this site to do the work for me.

Though it may seem like dragonflies can swarm, they normally don’t do this for over a week. Unless you live near a stream or ideal habitat for them, they will most likely move along before you know it.

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