What Would Happen If We Killed All The Mosquitoes In The World?

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Mosquitoes are the most annoying creatures in the world. They can wake you up in the middle of the night or ruin your day by making you itch. Any precaution you take just doesn't seem to work. Besides being very annoying they can be very deadly as well. So deadly that they've killed more people than you can imagine. So if they're this annoying and dangerous, what would happen if we just killed all of them?

One thing is very clear, we don't like mosquitoes.

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Why? Despite the fact that they're the most annoying creatures on earth, according to Bill Gates, ''they are the deadliest animals in the world.''

According to the World Health Organization, half of the world's population is under the threat of mosquitoes.

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In 2015, 429,000 people lost their lives to malaria. According to where we live, mosquitoes go back and forth between itching and killing us.

As the name of the content suggests, would we lose anything if we killed all the mosquitoes?

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It's not possible to know the answer to this question. But the experiments carried out do give some ideas.

There are close to 3,500 known mosquito species. Yes, some species are deadly but some species have no use at all.

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So let's assume that only species carrying diseases are killed. Species such as Anopheles gambiae, Aedes aegypti are extremely dangerous because they carry malaria and the Zika virus.

There is no problem in the food chain!

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Mosquitoes make up some of the food sources of fish, birds, frogs, and bats. But that doesn't mean that these animals eat only mosquitoes. There aren't any species that builds on its feeding habits on mosquitoes.

The continuity of the species is also okay!

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Mosquitoes are known to pollinate some plants. But according to the entomologist, Janet McAllister, there is no evidence that any species' future is based on mosquitoes.

So, what can we do? Should we just wipe out all of them? It's not that simple.

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It's hideous!

According to another entomologist, Phil Lounibos, removing mosquitoes is not the solution. It is not likely that the creature that will take their place will be less harmful than them. David Quammen says that mosquitoes keep people away and serve as guardians of some tropical rain forests.

Of course, we also need to look at it from the good side. If the mosquitoes were wiped out...

Hundreds of thousands of people, mostly children under 5, wouldn't be victims of diseases such as malaria and yellow fever.

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For this reason, people are trying to figure out how harmful species can be removed.

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A genetic project that British researchers are working on involves a gene alteration that allows the Aedes aegypti strain to self-destruct. But this process is extremely difficult and there's no guarantee that it'll work.

It seems as though our everyday struggle with mosquitoes won't come to an end for a long time.

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