DailyDirt: Kill All The Mosquitoes

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Mosquitoes are a serious pest. They spread terrible diseases like malaria and dengue fever, and they're just generally annoying to people. So it's no surprise that quite a few methods have been developed to kill them off in significant numbers, if not entirely. There are actually thousands of different kinds of mosquitoes, and some of them are completely harmless to humans. But if we could target just the ones that spread diseases, we could prevent an enormous amount of death and suffering. Is it really safe to drive mosquitoes to extinction? Here are just a few ways we're trying to do it (regardless of whether we should). If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.

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    Groaker, 2 Apr 2014 @ 11:11am

    Re: Don't care...

    Parasites play a significant ecologic niche. Parasites populations bloom when prey populations become too large. This helps to balance out ecologic blooms. And many, if not most, parasites have their own parasites.

    Yellow jackets are not parasitic, but they do keep down the populations of other insects. Do note that there are about 150,000 species of parasitic wasps that control other arachnids.

    "So nat'ralists observe, a flea
    Hath smaller fleas that on him prey;
    And these have smaller fleas to bite 'em.
    And so proceeds Ad infinitum."


    Johnathan Swift

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