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The loathsome, lethal mosquito – Rose Eveleth

What’s the worst bug on the planet? You might vote for the horsefly
or perhaps the wasp, but for many people, the worst offender is by far the mosquito. The buzzing, the biting, the itching, the mosquito is one of the most commonly
detested pests in the world. In Alaska, swarms
of mosquitos can get so thick that they actually asphyxiate caribou. And mosquito-borne diseases
kill millions of people every year. The scourge
that is the mosquito isn’t new. Mosquitoes have been around
for over a hundred million years and over that time have coevolved
with all sorts of species, including our own. There are actually thousands
of species of mosquitos in the world, but they all share one insidious quality: they suck blood, and they’re really, really
good at sucking blood. Here’s how they do it. After landing, a mosquito will slather some saliva onto the victim’s skin,
which works like an antiseptic, numbing the spot so we don’t
notice their attack. This is what causes the itchy,
red bumps, by the way. Then the bug will use
its serrated mandibles to carve a little hole in your skin, allowing it to probe around
with its proboscis, searching for a blood vessel. When it hits one,
the lucky parasite can suck two to three times its weight in blood. Turns out we don’t really
like that too much. In fact, humans hate mosquitos so much that we spend billions
of dollars worldwide to keep them away from us — from citronella candles to bug sprays to heavy-duty
agricultural pesticides. But it’s not just
that mosquitos are annoying, they’re also deadly. Mosquitos can transmit everything
from malaria to yellow fever to West Nile virus to dengue. Over a million people worldwide die every year
from mosquito-borne diseases, and that’s just people. Horses, dogs, cats, they can all get diseases
from mosquitoes too. So, if these bugs are so dastardly,
why don’t we just get rid of them? We are humans after all, and we’re pretty good
at getting rid of species. Well, it’s not quite so simple. Getting rid of the mosquito
removes a food source for lots of organisms,
like frogs and fish and birds. Without them,
plants would lose a pollinator. But some scientists say that mosquitos aren’t
actually all that important. If we got rid of them, they argue, another species would simply
take their place and we’d probably have far
fewer deaths from malaria. The problem is that nobody
knows what would happen if we killed off all the mosquitos. Something better might take their spot or perhaps something even worse. The question is,
are we willing to take that risk? (Buzzing)

Reader Comments

  1. No because if we do we would overpopulate like a rabbit i think mosquitos act as our population control i myself hate mosquitos too but think out about it.

    No hate please
    This is just my opinion

  2. if all mosquitos are eradicated, vampires will take over their place.

    i will volunteer to be the first of its kind.

  3. The thing with human nature is, that if mosquitos could be valuable in some way they would become endangered species very quick resulting in a total extinction.

  4. I think you are willing to take that risk I hate mosquitoes and I'm allergic to them and I have even the BBS baby is mosquito bite grows half the size of my dam I ball I hate them this is why I made this chat for them go away go away go away go away go away go away mosquitoes go away go away we hate you Mr doze come in if you see this

  5. Just so you know only female mosquitos bite not male mosquitos and to get rid of moquitos just dont let the go near blood or water

  6. What if we keep a small portion of mosquitoes in a secure location out of reach of outside source then wipe all the remaining ones to see the result.

  7. Lol and in some parts of New Delhi that are quite polluted mosquitoes are extinct due to pollution,this is unbelievable but true XD

  8. なるほどね

  9. Mosquito buzzing causes me suffering from insnomia and sleeping problems, i will throw rock at every light and they will not bite you I SWEAR ON GOD I WILL DO IT

  10. "What can possibly be worse than mosquitoes"
    (20 years later…………………………2 Headed Mosquitoes)

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