WWIII and Death to the Mosquito

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!!

Sources:

http://www.nature.com/news/2010/100721/full/466432a.html

http://insects.about.com/od/flies/a/10-facts-about-mosquitoes.htm

http://moneymorning.com/acq/zika/genetically-modified-mosquitoes-coming-to-a-town-near-you?iris=542409&ad=za2a-gmmytn-mosl&test_id=1470861480


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What Girls Said 6

  • 3mo

    They are needed thou.

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    • 3mo

      for what? aside from pollinating some flowers i've never heard of other reasons they are needed

    • 3mo

      Animals feed on them and since we already killing a lot I think we can be nice and keep mosquitoes around. There a reason for everything. Mosquitoes have a purpose.

    • 3mo

      some animals feed on them for sure. but as i mentioned some biologists think those species that feed on them could find alternative food sources like flies, gnats and other light flying insects.

      but i certainly respect and understand your point of view...

      i wasn't truly advocating the elimination of a species mostly just trying to provoke discussion

  • 3mo

    Sadly without their extinct a lot of aquatic animals would die due to lack of food source. :(

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    • 3mo

      aquatic animals? like what? could they potentially find a new food source like other insects

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    • 3mo

      I think they would have a harder time trying to find a new source

    • 3mo

      perhaps especially if they primarily eat insects since mosquitoes spend so much time around water...

  • 3mo

    bats would object

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  • 3mo

    I knew all of these lol
    When you live in the Caribbean, October is a month in which the mosquito repellents get sold out easily.

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  • 3mo

    when mankind starts meddling with the natural order of ecological system they only make more problems than solutions, they tried in Australia with the rabbit outbreaks there, poisoned the rabbits and killed almost all of them, but they adapted and are now a new generation of rabbit that are lethally toxic to all species of animal, so now not only can't people eat it but animals across the Australian outback are dying from hunting and eating rabbits, all because mother said f**k you to the human race.

    another example is the explosive population of poisonous bullfrogs in France, which they thought they could contain by introducing pythons into the system, the pythons did kill all the bullfrogs, but they also killed all kinds of other animals and even people, now the pythons in France can be comparable in size and sheer weight as the giant pythons found in Malaysia, Cambodia and the Philippines.

    so in short, killing the mosquito's with toxins or with forced introduction of predators will at best destroy the ecosystem and at worst kill a lot of people, mosquito's did not survive the all the way from the Mid-Triassic Era 246 Million Years Ago for nothing.

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    • 3mo

      "worst kill a lot of people"? how would that occur?

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    • 3mo

      i don't feel like you're bashing me. i tend to believe the same taht all animals serve a vital purpose. but was just bringing up the issue and what i'd looked up, most biologist seem to think that species would adapt to the loss of mosquitoes... not that they advocate eliminating a species

    • 3mo

      animals and plants adapt to their environments and the conditions at the time, but they cannot adapt very well to the loss of their primary source of food, its just like with bees, there are plenty of other species of insect in the world that help pollinate plants and keep them all alive, but if the bees all die out the world's flora will all die signaling the beginning of the end, just because other insects can replace the mosquito's role in the ecological cycle doesn't mean that they can replace mosquito's, humanity is way over their heads if they think animals have our kind of philosophy, most animals are not nomads and will die without their natural source of food

  • 3mo

    Man-made extinction of any native species is a bad idea they exist because they play an ecological role. Besides being pollinators lot of animals relies on them as a food sourceThose genetically modified mosquitos are only a temporary fix because the modified ones will not reproduce as often as the fitter mosquitos like how heavy pesticide use creates superbugs. The buggers are here to stay they one of the fittest organisms on the planet after all. We just gotta live with them it sucks but all well.

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    • 3mo

      they are a food source and a pollinator. but people smarter than me seem to think that those animals that eat them would find alternatives

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    • 3mo

      exactly... Death to mosquitoes... haha

What Guys Said 6

  • 23h

    "Drain the swamps"

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  • 3mo

    This is one of the few cases where i support genocide. We should only genocide the musqitos that bite humans though the others have done nothing wrong.

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  • 3mo

    If god asks me which creature should get extinct, I'll ask for mosquitoes.

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  • 3mo

    Get rid of them. Too many lives destroyed.

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  • 3mo

    --Janet McCallister at the CDC said “If there was a benefit to having them around, we would have found a way to exploit them--

    Argues that gnats/mosquitos don't have a purpose because WE can't exploit them in any way. ...*facepalm*

    Janet McCallister ought to learn to stfu.

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    • 3mo

      yes having an opinion is so vile.

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    • 3mo

      @FallOutBoy2001 was referring to her comment, not yours. What you are doing is invoke 'argument of authority'. That is not enough to convince me.

      Furthermore, having PhD in a given area doesn't make that person an authority on any field conceivable.

    • 3mo

      Argument of authority is a reasonable argument technique if the authorative figure is an authority is the area you're talking about. If I'm not mistaken, she is an authority in this field

  • 3mo

    Everything is connected. If not a food source, then think of it this way.

    Humans are the top dogs, there's no argument there. So, how can anything put us in check? Simple, disease, via nature. That's nature's way of actually making us stronger. But if we eliminate all diseases, then in a couple of years we'll be very fragile beings.

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    • 3mo

      good point. a form of population control

    • 3mo

      Good points , also we " self predate " as a species via murder / warfare , as Arnie's T 800 flatly stated in Terminator 2 " It is in your nature to destroy yourselves !! " No argument there !!

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