mosquito control

Why Don't We Just Kill All the Mosquitos?

Entomologists have some bad news for you.

From Slate

Would there be any consequences to the environment if we killed off every one of the 3,000 species of mosquitoes?  Mosquitoes are the deadliest animal in the world, responsible for more deaths than any other species.  So why don't humans just eradicate them from the planet?  This video from Slate delves into this not so obvious answer and presents the case that this would probably be a futile and potentially dangerous undertaking.

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THE MOSQUITO MANIFESTO

From Mosquitoes Must Die

Artist Dennis Ashbaugh became personally familiar with mosquitoes in the late 1980's while painting in Maine.  29 wounds later, and the artist turned into a researcher, activist and crusader against the deadliest animal in the world.  This post is his Manifesto, a well-written treatise about what needs to be done, and what is being done to erradicate this scourge from the planet.  His artwork has incorporated this crusade into making artistic mosquito trap devices that are grossly exaggerated items made from reclaimed materials,  which are a marvel to see and are meant to draw attention to the cause.

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Human beings do one thing very, very well. We kill stuff. We are very good at killing other humans. Pretty damn good at killing other species, killing our own supportive, life-sustaining planet. So what's up with our blind spot about our humiliating failure to kill mosquitoes. To fix this disaster has to be the ultimate, maybe even the terminal task of art today.

Mosquitoes kill more people annually than people do (including wars). Google comes up with an extraordinary of what these deadly insects can infect us with: malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever, hemorraeghic dengue fever, West Nile fever, encephalitis and open-wound staph. Dogs, when bitten, can succumb to canine heartworms. 2000 people die each day from malaria in Africa alone. That's one death every thirty seconds, that adds up to 1,000,000 (one million) dead people – all preventable deaths each year on a single continent.

Each mosquito "bite" is a very personal event and a true risk with potentially deadly effect. So why do we call them "skeeters", "pests", "annoyances" when they can be killers. By using euphemisms we attempt to marginalize their lethal powers. And, for the record, they do not bite, they inject, they penetrate, they enter the bloodstream like a bullet from a rifle shot and just as deadly.

The Gates Foundation, with Buffett, Bono and Clinton have made and are making great and admirable progress in the fight against mosquitoes. My role as an artist is simply to advocate focused creative attention to all mosquito eradication. Can an artist do anything less? What good are we when mosquitoes rule?

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Why Researchers Can't Control Mosquitoes

From ABC News

According to this post from ABC News, there are around 3,000 different mosquito species around the world, and around 50-60 species that transmit serious diseases to humans.  This as much as anything else explains why erradicating them can seem like an uphill battle.  Mosquitoes are adaptable, and grow resistant to human methods for erasing them.  The post goes on to posit some potential methods for success, but recognizes that this is a battle that will require vigilance.

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How To Kill Mosquitoes

From Fightbugs.com

When it comes to killing mosquitoes, it seems that one has myriad options from which to choose.  The real question becomes:  Which method is the most effective in killing mosquitoes and preventing their associated diseases from infecting us and our families?  This post from Fightbugs addresses the best ways to end the mosquito nuisance once and for all.

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Bart Knols: 3 new ways to kill mosquitoes

From TED

Why do some mosquitoes bite some people, and not others?  Could the smell of humans be the key to attracting mosquitoes into their own demise?  In this video, Bart Knols, a doctor committed to killing mosquitoes and ending malaria, explores some new ways to use a mosquito's killer instincts against them, and consequently may be the key to containing the spread of deadly malaria and other mosquito borne diseases.  Could a certain brand of cheese be the key to stopping the spread of malaria?

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Electrostatic net kills resistant mosquitoes

From Chemistry World

Mosquito borne diseases are a huge issue worldwide, as mosquitoes account for more human deaths than any other animal.  Unfortunately, the methods used to combat this scourge are starting to falter.  According to this post from Chemistry World, mosquitoes have become more and more resistant to insecticides.  The post goes on to introduce a new technology that involved an electrostatic charge added to a mosquito net to bind insecticides that is ten times more effective at killing insecticide-resistant mosquitoes.

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Why Don't We Just Kill All the Mosquitoes?

From The Atlantic

Mosquitoes may not seem like a big problem to some, but the fact is that they cause more deaths worldwide than any other animal in existence.  One might ask some simple questions when posed with a fact such as this, like: "Why don't we just kill all of the mosquitoes then?".  This and other interesting and frequenly asked questions are somewhat humorously addressed in this post from The Atlantic.  There is actually some factual information that may be useful here amidst the humor.

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Homemade Liquid Solution to Kill Mosquitoes

From SF Gate

Homeowners are constantly looking for ways to keep the burgeoning mosqutio populations at bay.  Whether seeking store-bought repellents, hiring spray companies, or figuring out a way to control their acreage on their own, many homeowners feel like they are swimming upstream when trying to kill and control mosquitoes.  This post from the SF Gate provides a homemade remedy to kill mosquitoes in their larval stage, which can be used in rain barrels, small container water gardens, and smaller ponds.

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