In the mood to blame wetlands for the blood-sucking, possible disease-spreading skeeters in your yard? It’s an urban legend that wetlands are a primary source of the mosquitoes that spread diseases like West Nile Virus.
In fact, a healthy, functioning wetland can actually help reduce mosquito populations. A vibrant wetland ecosystem is home to fish, insects, amphibians, birds, and bats that devour the tiny pests.
And when it comes to combating the spread of West Nile Virus, it’s interesting to learn that this disease is transmitted primarily by a mosquito variety called the “house mosquito.” This species does not prefer to breed in wetlands; instead, it breeds rapidly in stagnant water often found around the home—places like discarded tires, untended bird baths, and clogged roof gutters.
So, healthy wetlands provide wildlife habitat, naturally cleanse our water—and even help control those annoying mosquitoes.