What If We Killed All the Mosquitoes?

What If We Killed All the Mosquitoes?

With the Zika virus in the news, some people have wondered why we don’t just kill them ALL.

Support SciShow by becoming a patron on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/scishow

Dooblydoo thanks go to the following Patreon supporters — we couldn’t make SciShow without them! Shout out to Justin Ove, Fatima Iqbal, Linnea Boyev, Kathy & Tim Philip, Kevin Bealer, Justin Lentz, Chris Peters, and Philippe von Bergen.
———-
Like SciShow? Want to help support us, and also get things to put on your walls, cover your torso and hold your liquids? Check out our awesome products over at DFTBA Records: http://dftba.com/scishow
———-
Looking for SciShow elsewhere on the internet?
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/scishow
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/scishow
Tumblr: http://scishow.tumblr.com
Instagram: http://instagram.com/thescishow
———-
Sources:
History of War against Mosquitoes/DDT
http://www.nature.com/news/2010/100721/full/466432a/box/1.html
http://www.panna.org/resources/ddt-story
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/ddt-use-to-combat-malaria/

Ecological Impacts
http://www.nature.com/news/2010/100721/full/466432a.html
http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/282/1815/20151549
http://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/pollinators/pollinator-of-the-month/aedes_communis.shtml

Zika Mosquito
http://www.cdc.gov/zika/transmission/index.html
http://www.paho.org/hq/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=11605&Itemid=0&lang=en

RNA Molecular Pesticide (killing)
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18533434?dopt=Abstract&holding=npg

Transgenic Male Mosquitoes — self-limiting gene, kills offspring (killing)
http://journals.plos.org/plosntds/article?id=10.1371/journal.pntd.0003864
http://journals.plos.org/plosntds/article?id=10.1371/journal.pntd.0003999
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-science-insects-gmo-idUSKBN0U000820151217
http://www.oxitec.com/faqs/

Transgenic Mosquitoes — gene drive, Anopheles (resistance to parasite)
http://www.pnas.org/content/112/49/E6736
http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-genetically-engineered-mosquitoes-malaria-20151121-story.html
http://www.nature.com/news/gene-drive-mosquitoes-engineered-to-fight-malaria-1.18858#/b2
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2015/11/gene-drive-turns-insects-malaria-fighters

Wolbachia — bacteria infection, Aedes (resistance to virus)
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-a-tiny-bacterium-called-wolbachia-could-defeat-dengue/
http://www.eliminatedengue.com/our-research/wolbachia
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23133693

Wolbachia Parasite Superinfection — preventing potential viral resistance http://www.eurekalert.org/emb_releases/2016-02/p-wps021116.php
https://www.plos.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/ppat-12-2-Joubert.pdf

Images:
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Aedes_aegypti_CDC-Gathany.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Anopheles_stephensi.jpeg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wolbachia.png
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Skeetlrg.gif
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:DDT_Powder.jpg

You may also like...

19 Responses

  1. adnan almalki says:

    I’m killing them while watching.They won’t get away with these bites ! They
    suck suck suck suuuuuck

  2. Marie Sjin says:

    My chemistry teacher has us watch his videos . Found it interesting so now
    watch it on my own lol

  3. CupOf SleepyTimeTea says:

    There would be no more ski toes on the slopes next winter

  4. Josh Reyes says:

    Metal gear solid v

  5. Merlyn Schutterle says:

    God made these bugs to make us suffer. The reason he hates gays is because
    they won’t give him souls to torture and send to hell. I’m going to tell
    that to my kids.

  6. Godd Damn says:

    “survived lots of preditors” sounds like a challenge

  7. LBGamerGirl22 says:

    I would be mind blown if Mosquitoes were all dead! But sadly it will harm
    some parts and environments of the world 😖😢

  8. Diamond Craft Gaming says:

    idc what he says kill them all!!!

  9. Wayne Li says:

    Gr8, now do it for humans and stds.

  10. Pradyumn Gupta says:

    forget malaria, zika, dengue, and yellow fever for a minute. MAKE SOMETHING
    TO GET RID OF THE GOD DAMN BITES

  11. Lenz Luckz says:

    :)

  12. Brian Ramirez says:

    zika in my familys country were im leaving right we are having lota of kids
    that are gona have mental disease

  13. 失敗神風 says:

    some of you people need to understand killing an entire species is terrible
    for an ecosystem

  14. Smiley Guy says:

    anyone else think about tye mosquito pictures?

    HEY! A mosquito is sucking my blood and probably giving me a horrible
    disease!

    Lets take a picture

  15. ELWest1000 says:

    That’s pretty cool science. My auntie’s boo is from a tropical country, and
    on a visit home, he contracted chikungunya. He said it was awful–he was
    totally exhausted, felt like hell, and his entire body and every old injury
    he had ever had ached horribly. It would be nice if they couldn’t pass it
    along anymore.

  16. Jake Kaston says:

    LETS JUST KILL EVERYTHING

  17. treshman says:

    i like trash.

  18. Carson Troeh says:

    there’s massive swarms of mosquitoes in the arctic,
    we’re not safe anywhere.

  19. DanDan Games says:

    KILL THEM ALL