Mosquitoes are pesky insects that can’t wait to land on your exposed skin. We use repellents to keep them away from our home, but these products are packed with toxins and harsh chemicals.
Why don’t you hire a pro? By “hiring a pro” we mean bringing those dragonflies in your yard.
Do you know that dragonflies feed on mosquitoes?
This is of great help when it comes to controlling mosquitoes. How to attract dragonflies in your home? Here’s how:
10 plants that attract dragonflies
Dragonflies like to rest on specific trees, shrubs and other plants. They hide in these plants and prey on pollinators. You will need to plant blooming plants to attract butterflies, beetles, wasps, moths and other insects. Dragonflies like water, so you will also need water plants. A pond, too.
Dragonflies mate and lay eggs underwater, and that’s exactly why you need to build a pond.
- Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckiahitra)
Butterflies and pollinators like it a lt. Wildflowers grow for two years in warm areas, and die off in cold winter days. This plant grows well in every type of soil, and you have to give it full sunlight and enough water.
- Swamp milkweed (Asclepiasincarnata)
It’s the cousin of common milkweed. You will notice that its white and pink flowers of the perennial plant grow back every year. It thrives well in moist and sunny spots, and pollinators like it a lot.
- Joe-Pye Weed (Eupatorium purpureum)
It has pale pinkish flowers that grow in mid-summer and fall. Joe-Pye Weed attracts dragonfly pollinators and grows 3-12 feet high. It has mild vanilla scent, and you can crush the flowers for a more intense scent.
Plant it in full/partial sunlight, and provide enough water. Use the plant’s dried roots and flowers to make diuretic tea.
- Meadow sage (Salvia marcus)
Meadow sage has beautiful purple flowers. It grows well in sunny areas, and also thrives in partial shade. How to pick the right spot? Look for places that get enough morning sun and afternoon shade.
Fully grown meadow sage doesn’t need a lot of water, and survives drought. But, be careful, insufficient watering may destroy your plant.
- White yarrow (Achilleamillefolium)
White yarrow has big clusters with 20-25 flowers each. It’s a tough plant that resists diseases, and butterflies enjoy circling it. The same applies to parasitic wasps.
Plant your white yarrow in areas that get full sun. You need well-drained soil and dry to medium moisture.
Ponds look really cool, and dragonflies enjoy spending time in their favorite corner.
Place a few rocks around the pond and poke a few sticks to give dragonflies a place to rest.
- Arrowhead (Sagittarialatifolia)
This perennial plant grows above water level. Adult dragonflies land on it and lay their eggs. Push the tuber of the plant into the underwater ground in spring. Press it down, and watch it grow like crazy.
- Wild celery (Vallisneriaamericana)
It grows up to the water surfaces, and dragonflies use it to lay their eggs. Wild celery needs at least 18 inches of water. Wrap the tubes in a cheesecloth full of mud and rocks.
Place it at the base of the pond. Be careful, you don’t want to break the sprouts, because they won’t be re-grown.
- Water horsetail (Equisetum fluviatile)
Grow your water horsetail from nursery plants. Plant them two inches below the soil, preferably at the edge of the pond. It grows well in partial shade and full sun.
- Cattail (Typhalatifolia)
You can find it under the name “bull rushes.” Cattail likes moist soil, and hates shade. Grow the plant from rhizomes, and feel free to translocate it if necessary.
- Water lily
Dragonflies lay eggs on water lilies. Grow your water lilies from tubers, and plant them in pots placed under the water surface. Submerge the plant with rocks, and let the leaves and blossoms float on the water surface.