Our Deadliest Predator...The Mosquito

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  1. 12ozP

    12ozP Member

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    https://www.npr.org/2019/08/04/748002281/a-history-of-the-mosquito-our-deadliest-predator

    "The Mosquito" tells the story of what Winegard calls our deadliest predator. There are roughly 110 trillion of them, and they carry more than 15 lethal diseases. Winegard writes that mosquitoes have killed half of all the humans that ever lived and may have also played a role in the destruction of the dinosaurs."

    I hate mosquitoes so much....grrrrr.
     
  2. HRM

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    Interesting.
     
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  3. massacre

    massacre Silver Supporting Member

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    The only reason for mosquitos is that they are food.
    So weird.
    My hatred for mosquitos knows no bounds. They bite me a lot and in the worst places.

    When we were kids I remember there was a truck that would drive down the street and all the parents would call the kids inside. Then the truck would drive by, a flatbed with some giant sprayer apparatus, and I can still remember the smell.
    We would have to stay inside for a while, then were allowed to go outside again.
    Mosquito truck lol
     
  4. Kyle B

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    Ummmm....that was DDT!!!!!
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  5. massacre

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    Not sure what it was but I would be able to recognize it instantly from the smell.
    Whatever it was it worked great!
     
  6. Eric Rowland

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    They led to the greatest invention of the British Empire. The Gin and Tonic, it kept you cool in India, and the quinine in the tonic helped prevent malaria!
     
  8. guitargeek6298

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    There's been EEE found in mosquitos the next town over from me. Now everyone is freaked out and some people don't want to go outside.

    I hate mosquitos.
     
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    Yep,, I don't use Gin, but I do drink Tonic water when I 'am thirsty, or need to be hydrated.
    When I was overseas in the Army, we took Quinine pills every day.
     
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    I grew up in north Florida.

    You can probably guess how I feel about mosquitos.
     
  11. Deadicated

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    I try not to hate anything but I do hate mosquitoes
     
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    I'm amazed i don't have a skeeter problem here at home. Farm fields on both sides of the house have standing water most of the year, perfect breeding ground, but no mosquitoes. I wonder if insecticides on crops take care of them?
     
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    It's cold outside.
    The one benefit of having 4+ months of sub freezing temps, it kills lots of bugs and other harmful stuff.
     
  14. Uncle Vinnie

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    The mosquitoes here in northern Michigan this year have been huge, unrelenting and ravenous! Don't recall seeing the likes of this in my 61 years.

    However, there is a mosquito that I would absolutely love to have,
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  15. Emigre

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    Well to see it from the other side. Who’s the biggest killer of mosquitoes?

    I hate the things but sometimes I try to imagine what it must be like if your food source is a massive animal that will likely kill you, and I give the little b****rds a break.
     
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    Are all the mosquitos up there that big?

    :eek:
     
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    We would follow it on our bicycles
     
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    Just riffing a thought on that...

    It's like if we had to get dinner by walking up to a T-Rex armed only with a straw... :p

    "Dad, I'm hungry"
    "Well son, you've grown up now, time to get your own food. See that huge towering animal over there? You need to fly carefully up to it, stick it with a straw and drink. Careful though if it sees you, hears you, or feels you, you we'll be scraping you off the wall"
    "F&CKING SERIOUSLY DAD???"
     
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    My ex and I took a bike ride down to the river and...oh, by the way, mosquitoes aren't very fast. If you're running at an easy pace, or riding a bike, you don't necessarily know they're there. So anyway, I'm riding ahead of her and I go to jump off my bike at the bank of the Chatanika, and the second, I really mean, the exact second my momentum slowed to a range at which they could target me, it was like getting hit by a virtual downpour of them! I had almost stopped to look at the river and I still remember running in a half arc to get pointed back the other way and jumping back on my bike. "Go! Go!" I yelled to her, which threw her at first since she had no idea of whether it was a bear or moose...then realized it was something worse. Much worse. :eek:
     
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  20. 12ozP

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    The only time I went to the Florida Keys, we were spending the night on a small boat on the 4th of July. We were all set to watch the big fireworks display. Well we didn't know, but the islands had decided to spray to drive away the mosquitoes for the event. One minute everything was great. The next we were in a cloud of the little buggers. We watched the fireworks huddled below deck through a portal on a swinging anchor line.

    I just can't believe that they have killed 52 billion people.
     

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