Why humanity can't get rid of mosquitoes
Categories: Animals | Ecology | NatureBy Pictolic https://pictolic.com/en/article/why-humanity-cant-get-rid-of-mosquitoes
A mosquito is not just an annoying blood-sucking insect, but the most dangerous creature on the planet. Two million people die every year in the world because of them, and this is only official information. Why can't the problem of flying killers be solved once and for all by simply destroying them? Even if such a task was on the shoulder of humanity, it would still never have happened.
There are three thousand species of mosquitoes living on our planet, belonging to 38 genera. Of these, females only 6% of species feed on human blood. All the others are strict vegans and prefer floral nectar. Among the blood-sucking species, only species capable of carrying parasites and infections can be considered dangerous. There are about half of them.
In many countries of the world, it is impossible to do without such protection from mosquitoes and mosquitoes
Every year 700 million people are infected by mosquitoes, mainly in warm regions of the planet. Africa, South and Central America, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Australia and even southern Russia are at risk. Two million deaths are recorded every year, but scientists believe that this picture cannot be called complete.
Let's be honest — at the moment we do not have technologies capable of destroying all mosquitoes on the planet. But even if they were, humanity will never take this step, since the consequences of the disappearance of mosquitoes will be truly catastrophic.
Mosquitoes that feed on nectar play an important role in pollination of plants and, in turn, represent an important link in the food chain. Mosquitoes feed on many species of birds and bats, and their larvae are an indispensable food for fish, amphibians and reptiles.There is another important point — mosquitoes stand guard over tropical forests, protecting them from humans. Myriads of flying bloodsuckers make many places on the planet unsuitable for human life and activity, thereby saving them from destruction.
Locally, we still have to fight with flying bloodsuckers
Biologists are also sure that nature will not tolerate emptiness and the niche vacated by mosquitoes will be filled with other insects. It is quite possible that they will be carriers of even more dangerous infections. Therefore, scientists around the world are searching for effective ways to prevent and treat infections transmitted by mosquitoes, rather than developing ways to exterminate them.
A good example of what the destruction of just one species of living organisms can lead to is China, which once exterminated almost all sparrows and paid for it with millions of lives.
Keywords: Infection | Mosquitoes | Larvae | Malaria | Insects | Death | Destruction
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