CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Have you noticed an increase in dragonflies across the area? We have, too. The recent rains are probably to blame.
With rain comes mosquitoes. And as their natural predators, dragonflies love mosquitoes.
Environmental organization SCARCE said one dragonfly can eat up to 100 mosquitoes a day, and they eat them at all stages of life. With recent heavy rainfall, residents may be noticing an increase in mosquitoes around town. It's a perfect time for dragonflies to feast.
The organization even suggests making a "dragonfly garden" in your yard if you are having problems with pesky mosquitoes. Adding a water feature or plants that attract dragonflies can help control the mosquito population around your home.
Corpus Christi Vector Control also reminds residents to take proper care of themselves and their property during times when mosquitoes are active. According to a release from the City, when dealing with mosquitoes it is important to remember the Five D's of Defense.
- DEET – Use insect repellent containing DEET.
- DRESS – Dress in long sleeves and pants when you’re outside.
- DAWN, DAYTIME and DUSK – Dawn, Daytime and Dusk are the times of day when mosquitoes are most active. Avoid being outside during these times of day to prevent bites.
- DRAIN – Regularly drain standing water, including water that collects in empty cans, tires, buckets, clogged rain gutters, and saucers under potted plants. Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water.
- DOCTOR – Consult your physician if you feel sick after being bitten.