Misquito Hawks do not eat mosquitoes. We grew up calling them Daddy-long-legs, you may have grown up calling them something else. Whatever the case, I'm outing them for the silly creatures they really are. They are really called Crane Flies and they breed in mud, particularly in the Spring. They can't bite, they aren't dangerous, they don't do anything productive. They don't contain the most poisonous venom known to man (or any venom at all), and they pretty much exist only long enough to procreate and be killed.
They are the house fly's stupid and overgrown little brother.
I learned this all from an exterminator who attends our church. It rocked my world so much, I actually had to go research the thing for myself, and sure enough, he was dead right. I feel tricked. All those years as a little girl where I'd run shrieking from the bathroom being chased by what I thought was a lethal bug capable of killing misquitos. When I was older, we'd catch them and release them outside to go do their deadly assasin work. At some point in time, I was told they had venomous poison capable of killing humans, but that they just don't have large enough fang-things to puncture human skin. Lovely. Very reassuring when someone leaves the front door open too long on a Spring night and your kitchen is suddenly filled with tons of them.
So I've been had--grew up believing all of that hook, line and sinker. Now that I know the truth, it makes sense. Crane flies can't even fly properly. I'm sure you've noticed how easy they are to kill. They throw themselves at light bulbs, and then fly hapharzadly around in drunken circles until they hurl themselves at the same light bulb again... over and over until you put it out of its misery. How did I think something that slow and stupid could kill a misquito? Mosquitoes are one of the world's fastest and strongest insects and have been responsible for altaring human history since one of them killed the illustrious King Tut. Mosquitoes are the small Italian sports cars of the flying insect world, and crane flies are a beat up shag wagon.
It's really not the Crane fly's fault. It's wing structure, and body length make it really difficult for them to fly and steer properly.
All the more easier to dispose of them. Happy Spring.