Should humans extinct all Mosquitoes?
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The reason why humans should not extinct mosquitoes (on purpose) ) is for numerous reasons.
First of all, mosquitoes are a very good prey. Many different species that are not harmful to human kill and eat mosquitoes. If we do kill off mosquitoes, there is chance that we will harm other species, and threaten the entire food chain itself. Some of "Mosquito killing species" are: Gambusia Affinis (or the Mosquitofish), Dragon fly, Purple Martin, bats, Damselflies, frogs, toads, and other young tadpoles. (Source: http://www.wbrcouncil.org...)
Another reason why humans do not need to, and should not extinct mosquitoes, is because Insect repellents naturally discourage insects to land on that surface. With proper amount, and being prepared, the chances of you getting bitten become even more slim. Why kill off a species, when you have the material to decrease its threat?
Furthermore, pesticides are used for mosquito control. (http://npic.orst.edu...) and the pesticide application alone is around $25.00.(for about 1 acre of land) (Source: http://www.ctahr.hawaii.edu...) . The bulk cost can range from $14-$538. (Depending on how many acres you want to apply). That cost is generally for 1 acre- 5 acre land.
Now, mosquitoes are in various places. Applying pesticide to that many places can result in human health damage too. Such as cancer, headaches, skin, and eye irritation, etc" (Source: http://www.toxicsaction.org...)
I would also like to point out, is that applying pesticide in that many places, is not very cost efficient. (Based on the cost of pesticide, that I mentioned earlier)
Thanks you for accepting this debate and good luck!
Now with that out of the way with how we could eliminate the mosquito problem, you bring up "First of all, mosquitoes are a very good prey. Many different species that are not harmful to human kill and eat mosquitoes. If we do kill off mosquitoes, there is chance that we will harm other species, and threaten the entire food chain itself. Some of "Mosquito killing species" are: Gambia Affinis (or the Mosquitofish), Dragon fly, Purple Martin, bats, Damselflies, frogs, toads, and other young tadpoles." While that all may be true I"m not dismissing what you said as false but all those animals eat other insects and organisms there diet isn"t specifically directed toward mosquitos. While yes I understand you eliminate a species and it can threaten species farther up the food chain, i.e.: you wipe out the grasslands in Africa water buffalo, gazelle, elephants, giraffes well all die out and well cause alligators and lions and other top predatory animals to die off. I understand all this but the animals that feed upon the mosquito also feed upon other species as well and would just take away one food source.
With that all said I well get to the main reason for wanting to wipe out the mosquito populace, disease. Diseases like Malaria, Chikungunya, Dog heartworm, Dengue, Yellow Fever, West Nile Virus and many more all of these are life threating diseases one of which is contracted by dogs. These diseases are a menace to the human race and force us to dedicate massive amount of resources to eliminate them and all the while kill people while we are trying to find/distribute a cure mostly to the third world countries that are threatened mostly by them. Malaria is estimated to infect 500million people ever year and kill an average of 2.7 million people ever year. Yellow fever which infects 120millon people every year. Dengue infects 20 million people every year. Diseases info: http://www.who.int...
Mosquito diseases website: http://www.mosquito.org...
With all that said I conclude my argument for this round and wish my opponent the best for next round.
Many species such as salamander or or spiders consider mosquitoes to be their primary food source. Killing mosquitoes could potentially threaten other species as well. Furthermore, carnivore plants such as pitcher plants also consume mosquitoes. Destroying mosquitoes could lead to affecting plant growth.
Without mosquitoes, many plants would lose a group of pollinators. Some adult mosquitoes rely on the plant nectar.
I would also like to point out, that even though mosquitoes do transmit deadly diseases, our medicine is getting better. Different forms of malaria can be cured with some types of drugs.
Hawkeye117 forfeited this round.
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