Mosquitoes are a disease causing menace! Yet why can’t we wipe them out?
We have malaria, chikungunya, dengue and now a deadly new virus called ZIKA spreading in both Central as well as South America. Mosquitoes are the bane of mankind, the little nondescript whining buzzing creatures are irritating beyond belief and some can really sting you if not kill you. So why don’t we eradicate the pesky disease carriers from the face of the earth? Well! THIS IS WHY.
1 Mosquitoes Are Responsible For the Most Fatalistic Of Disease
For a species of just 3500, mosquitoes certainly have a disastrous impact on human life. The deadly malaria virus carried by the female Anopheles mosquito can kill in the malignant form of plasmodium falciparum or Brain Malaria. The Asian tiger mosquito Aedes Albopictus, spreads havoc in countries like India causing dengue and chikungunya.
As vectors of killer disease, they have been responsible for the West Nile Virus and most recently, the viral spread of Zika. Caused by the species, Aedis Aegypti, Zika is causing major concern in South America. Its alarming spread has forced WHO to declare a public emergency health alert in the area.
Despite of such major proofs of the fatal abilities of mosquitoes, they are still here to stay. Believe it or not, mosquitoes actually contribute to the ecological balance of the earth. So, what good do they really do??
2 Can Mosquitoes impact the ecosystem?
There is a mixed consensus among ecologists in the ecological role played by the menacing mosquito. According to noted ecologist, Sarah Fang, The absence of a mosquito’s impact on ecology would not matter in terms of balance. However on the other hand, ecologist Charles Fulton is of the opposite view that much like all beings, mosquitoes too have their role on a biological stage where every creature has his part to play …remember your
Shakespeare???!!! ‘All the world’s a stage…’???
Does this mean we have to tolerate this larvae infesting organism and its perennial disruptive and disease causing habits??? Yes we will have to!!
3 Mosquitoes Play a Major Role in Food Webs from the Arctic to the Amazon
Mosquitoes by virtue of their numbers are the links in food webs in Arctic tundra regions. During summer their mass reproduction provides a bountiful source of food for migratory birds.
By attacking in large numbers, mosquitoes could well divert migration patterns of caribou known to alter landscapes caused by migration and grazing. In eastern Australia, adult mosquitoes Aedes Vigilax are a known food source for forest bats Vespadelus Vulturnus, who researchers have observed that they rely heavily on mosquitoes for prey.
Juvenile mosquitoes are a vital food source for fresh water species such as the mosquito fish and poison dart frogs of the Amazonian rain forests.
4 Mosquitoes Play a Secondary Role in Pollination
Besides being a source of food in the food webs of smaller species, mosquitoes play a generalized role in pollination. But, although mosquitoes can impact the pollination of plant species such as the Orchid; they do not feature as major pollinators in the ecosystem. For that we have the major players such as the honey bee and various insects.
Incidentally, studies have proved a decline in the existence of the honey bee which is a not a major concern for the threat faced to our ecosystem.
5 And that’s Why We Can’t Get Rid of the Pesky Little Mosquito!
So there it is!! We just have to live with the pesky little mosquito and its thirst for fresh warm human blood. This doesn’t mean you can’t do your bit to rid your home of the mosquito menace because in all assurance, the absence of a mosquito in your home is definitely not going to cause a dent in the ecosystem.
To prevent disease and the spread of viruses, you do need to take counter measures to keep mosquitoes at bay. But on a lighter note, maybe we shouldn’t wish the eradication of the mosquito. Who knows what might take its place!