Camping is a great way to spend a weekend – the soothing sounds of nature cleanse and purify our bodies and minds from the stresses of city life, giving enthusiasts the opportunity to forget about jobs, bills, and responsibilities for a few days. One of the sounds less appreciated, though, is the characteristic buzzing as a mosquito zeros in for its brand of beverage, our hard earned blood.
Despite arguably being despised even by the most devout of Buddhists, mosquitoes have their place in the environment, a place that secures their utility not for humans, but for the many organisms that feed on their protein-rich bodies. Seeing as they inhabit the lowest rung of the food chain, anyone with a ninth grade biology class under their belts know that the removal of the common mosquito would be nothing short of devastating to all who depend on them for their survival.
If anything, it has been anticipated that the spread of mosquitoes would greatly increase in the last few years, as global temperatures continue to rise with the continued threat of global warming. The mosquito, which thrives in warm temperatures, would have an easier time breeding and raising its young as more and more areas of the world change into the tropics mosquitoes have come to know and love, despite ever-continuing efforts to slow its advance.
Thankfully for those who depend on it, the mosquito is in no risk of eradication. What is being slowly done away with, however, is malaria. A fatal disease, it is spread through contact with infected blood, something the mosquito excels at providing for even its most unwilling victims. Luckily for all those who depend on the mosquito as a source of food, it appears the rapid reduction in malaria rates is barely affecting the insect’s population, with simply a lower rate of mosquitoes identified as carriers of the crippling illness. Should this trend continue, it seems the world may soon be rid of a tropical disease that was once seen as the beginning of the end should one contract it.