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Is There Anything Good About A Mosquito? The Few Pros And Many Cons Of The Tiny Pest

Every spring and summer backyard barbecue has its share of pests, including mosquitoes. A simple swat and they're dead. But by the time you've swatted them, they've often already had a little taste of your blood, and maybe left you with more than an itchy bump to scratch! The mosquito is a tiny killer. It kills more people worldwide than any other creature on the planet. But, is there anything good about the mosquito?

What Is Good About a Mosquito?

There are over 2500 different species of mosquitoes. Like other insects, the mosquito does not thrive in regions that fall below 50 °F. However, mosquitoes are one of the few insects that actually pollinate the plants and fruits in the northern climates. The male mosquito lives entirely on nectar and only the female feeds on human blood. In this drive for food, the male mosquito pollinates berries such as blueberries and cranberries. The next time you eat jam or cranberry sauce, thank the lowly mosquito for the delicious treat.

Mosquitoes are also a food source for other animals such as birds and bats. So, the mosquito has a place in the food chain.

What is Bad About a Mosquito?

Saying what is good about a mosquito doesn't take much time. However, the list of the bad qualities that mosquitoes possess is long. In addition to being an annoying, buzzing bloodsucker, the worst thing about mosquitoes is the diseases they spread to animals and humans.

Some of the diseases that mosquitoes can transmit to humans include:

  • Malaria
  • Yellow Fever
  • Dengue Fever
  • Viral Encephalitis
  • West Nile Virus
  • Chikungunya
  • Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus

All of these diseases are serious and possibly deadly. Some are only present in certain areas of the world, but with global travel increasing, the diseases are beginning to spread.

Animals are also at risk of acquiring certain diseases from mosquitoes. Diseases such as Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus, West Nile Virus, and heart worm disease can be deadly for animals too.

Mosquito Control

Controlling the growth and spread of mosquitoes is important to the health of humans and animals. Clearly the negative facts outweigh the positive ones for the mosquito. In order to reduce the spread of this nasty pest, property owners should trim vegetation, empty containers holding water, and use pesticides wisely. A pest control service company can recommend the best and most safe products to use for your home.