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Should We Eliminate Mosquitoes?

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I’m fairly confident that everyone can agree that mosquitoes are the worst past of the summer season. Dare I say, maybe even the worst part of life? Mosquitoes are the world’s deadliest animal quickly spreading diseases like malaria, Zika virus, and yellow fever. Should we just get rid of them, drive mosquitoes into extinction and take no survivors? Well, could we even do this?

Obviously, I don’t know all the logistics. But, if possible, I do bet Jeff Bezos could absolutely fund this endeavor with change to spare. That man is stacked.  

Regardless, there is one major question we would need to answer first: 

 

Is it moral to push an entire species into extinction? 

It’s never been considered moral before. Despite the harm mosquitoes cause to humans yearly, what about the harm humans cause to the planet daily? To kill off an entire species for human benefit seems a little hypocritical, don’t you think?  

One plus of mosquitoes is that they keep humans out of tropical rainforests. Without mosquitoes to fend off humans, what more damage could we do to these ecosystems? 

That being said, humankind should not need blood sucking, disease carrying insects to prevent us from capitalizing on natural resources. We should just be able to preserve the environment for the health of our planet. Crazy concept, I know! 

So aside from keeping us out of rainforests, what other beneficial purposes do mosquitoes serve? Other animals eat them. They do serve as a food supply to fish, frogs, and birds. But, no mosquito predator survives off mosquitoes alone. It’s fair to say substitutions would be found in these smaller animals’ diets. Therefore it likely shouldn’t have too much of a negative impact there. 

Personally, I believe the benefits of a world without mosquitoes outweigh the benefits of the world with them buzzing in our air. As we find a normal with coronavirus, maybe it’s actually the perfect time to find a new normal without mosquitoes.

Do you think we should eliminate mosquitoes? 

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Written by Nina Slowinski

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