Mosquitoes are a disease causing menace! Yet why can’t we wipe them out?
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!