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A WORLD WITHOUT MOSQUITOES? IF WE COULD MAKE IT HAPPEN, WOULD THAT BE GOOD FOR THE PLANET?

(image credit: Sketchy Science)

(image credit: Sketchy Science)

Okay, so we – so you – think that the answer is obvious.  Yes, definitely, the world would be better off without mosquitoes.  If humans could make it happen, we should.  Right?

Then, again, fooling with my Mother Nature frequently ends up being a fool’s task for humans.

An example of man not doing a good job in interfering with nature is described in a letter to the editor of theNew Jersey Herald, written by Fred Space of Essex, NJ, and dated July 21, 2016.

As Mr. Space explains in the letter – which the New Jersey Herald appropriately titled, “Don’t fool with Mother Nature, and which can be accessed by clicking here – the quasi-natural remedy to a natural problem can be a problem.

Now, for sure, ohDEER – the leader in all-natural deer, mosquito, and tick control – will keep mosquitoes away from you and your property, with some of the all-natural solutions we employ snuffing out the mosquitoes.

But should all mosquitoes be snuffed out – everywhere?  Everywhere on the planet?

In answering this question, consider that mosquitoes actually serve a purpose other than to annoy us, physically and emotionally irritate humanity, and spread disease and make people sick.

Mosquitoes pollinate flowers.  Mosquito larvae chow on organic matter in wetlands, which helps recycle nutrients in these areas.

Mosquitoes (including mosquito larvae) are a relied on food source for many animals.  One of the animals that enjoy munching on mosquitoes – indeed, they do a great job in the task of mosquito control – are bats, as we discuss here in this space in an August 31, 2015 post, “BATS – ONE OF MOTHER NATURE’S FORMS OF MOSQUITO CONTROL.”

Yet wiping out mosquitoes, as science writer Janet Fang argues in her story, “A WORLD WITHOUT MOSQUITOES,”, in the July 2010 issue of the scientific journal, Nature, would all and all be a benefit to the world, without significant negative impact.

For example, in her story, relating to mosquitoes presently being a food source for certain animals, Ms. Fang says that for some of these animals, mosquitoes do not comprise a significant percentage of their diets – and for other animals that do eat considerable quantities of mosquitoes, is they were not available to eat, they would be replaced quickly with another food.

All of interest – the research and thinking about a mosquito-free world.

We will continue in this space to share this research and thinking with you.