Most people LOVE when spring approaches.
Me – not so much. I am that guy who wears shorts when it is snowing out. Give me a windless 40-degree day with a strong winter sun and I am a happy camper.
The main reason I do not look forward to warm weather are the bugs… especially mosquitoes.
And that got me thinking, “What good are mosquitoes anyway?”
After all, they are (allegedly) carriers of deadly diseases. “Experts” even say mosquitoes are the deadliest insect on Earth. Each year, mosquitoes are responsible for more than 100,000 deaths due to malaria, dengue fever, and yellow fever.
So why keep mosquitoes around? Why not use science to wipe them off the face of the earth?
Actually, there are 2 good reasons for them to exist:
Reason #1: mosquitoes serve as food for many species. They help filter detritus (i.e. dead particulate organic material) for plant life to thrive.
Reason #2: pollination. Most male and female adult mosquitoes need nectar as an energy source. In exchange, mosquitoes pollinate plants. These plants provide cover and shelter for other animals and organisms.
Reason #3: “prevention of heart disease.” Yep, I am not kidding… because according to this article:
Although the mosquito has been a known vector for spreading disease all over the world, there is some hope that mosquito saliva may have some potential use for the treatment of the No. 1 worldwide killer of humans: cardiovascular disease. One promising application is the development of anticlotting drugs, such as clotting inhibitors and capillary dilators.
The composition of mosquito saliva is relatively simple, as it usually contains fewer than 20 dominant proteins. Despite the great strides in knowledge of these molecules and their role in blood feeding, scientists still know only about half of the molecules found in the insect’s saliva.
Oh please, give me a break. How many times do I have to scream from the rooftops that cardiovascular disease is caused by our chlorinated drinking supply. We can slash heart disease overnight – but that would wipe out Big Pharma (and their ineffective statin drug pipeline)… ain’t goin’ to happen in my lifetime.