Ask The Entomologist: Pollinators – Myths vs Facts

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Mosquito Authority respects the pollinators and beneficial insects which make up our ecosystem. Our Mosquito Control Specialists are trained to avoid treating any areas where pollinators hang out in your yard. We will target non-blooming foliage with our treatment, as that is where adult mosquitoes tend to reside.

Here’s a few fun facts you may not know about pollinators: 

  • The Honey Bee is not native to the United States, but was introduced from Europe by early European settlers.
  • There are more than 4,000 species of bees in the United States many of which are important in pollination.  
  • Flowers of Yucca plants are not pollinated by bees but by “Yucca Moths”. 
  • Nectar found in flowers is an important plant-generated incentive to get bees, moths, and birds to serve as pollinators.
  • Often the proboscis or “tongue” of a moth or butterfly matches the length of a flower.  The proboscis has to be long enough to reach the nectar found in the flower and in doing so, the insect picks up the pollen to be transferred to another flower.

Dr. Craig Stoops LCDR MSC USN (ret.) is a retired U.S. Navy Medical Entomologist who has conducted mosquito control and research in the United States and around the world. Craig wields a B.S. in Biology from Shippensburg University, and both an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Entomology from Clemson University. He is Board Certified by the Entomological Society of America in Medical and Veterinary Entomology.