The idea occurred to me after reading an article about how scientists were combating the spread of Zika virus AND after going outside to grill steak last night and being bitten 8x's in 5 minutes by those pesky winged monsters
Scientists have begun the combat of Zika Virus by releasing genetically modified mosquitoes with a fatal gene injected in the male so when they mate with females the females will die. They've started doing this in a few cities where Zika virus is particularly rampant.
I thought after reading this why don't we just get rid of mosquitoes all together
a few quick facts:
1. Only female mosquitoes bite humans (isn't that just like a chick.....kidding of course)
2. Of the 2500 mosquito species only about 100 bite humans
3. Mosquitoes are the most deadly animal on the planet killing more than 1,000,000 people annually (spreading diseases like malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever, and encephalitis)
4. Mosquitoes are just as deadly to non-human animals as well. (from the diseases they spread to cases like in the Arctic where yearly 100s of cases show animals suffocating from fatal swarms of mosquitoes)
With most animals on the planet there is a benefit to their existence; however this doesn't seem to be the case as Janet McCallister at the CDC said “If there was a benefit to having them around, we would have found a way to exploit them. We haven't wanted anything from mosquitoes except for them to go away.”
Now male mosquitoes do pollinate flowers; however no science shows that without mosquitoes any flower species would suffer as other pollinators would abound (bees, hummingbirds, etc)
While some animals, like lizards use mosquitoes as a food source, most scientists and biologists with the nature conservancy believe that those animals may suffer short term but would find alternative food sources like flies, gnats, etc.
Even in the most pesky of animals is an inherent benefit to the world (bees, spiders, snakes, mice, etc) however this is not the case with with mosquitoes..... So would you object if we just got rid of them??
DEATH TO MOSQUITOES!!