Evil bloodsuckers must die

Except they don’t. Female bees die after stinging, but female mosquitoes don’t kick after biting. They actually need blood to spawn. What’s wrong with this scenario?

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Here comes that sound

I love summer, but I HATE mosquitoes. And guess what – I’m one of the ones they love. I walk around most summer days looking mumps-like. I take all the precautions and they bite anyway: Through clothes, slathered with DEET (and how much of that do you want to use), you name it.

Why why, why am I so delicious? A hiking guide once told me that I breathe too much. OK. I’ll work on breathing less, I replied. But as it turns out, her explanation wasn’t far off.

It’s the CO2 stupid

The Wall Street Journal explains why some of us are a happy meal for the bloodsuckers. It’s the aroma of the bacteria and carbon dioxide (CO2) we emit. And just to confirm – garlic or vitamin B supplements – don’t suppress or alter our chemistry.

What purpose do these bloodthirsty villains serve?

As annoyances. As carriers of deadly diseases (yellow and dengue fevers to name a few).

As it turns out, mosquito larvae are aquatic insects, and play an important role in that food chain. The larvae are snacks for fish and other aquatic animals. As adults, mosquitoes are nutritious meals for birds, bats, and spiders. Uggh, I guess they have to eat too.

In the end, mosquitoes are an important link in the food chain, even though it’s at the bottom. As a considerable food source for wildlife, their extinction – if it were even possible – would knock the entire ecosystem out of whack.

Alright, so I’m not going to be the one to tip the system, but there’s no love lost between me and them.

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