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Mosquitoes are a food source for MANY animals, it's basic food chain problem. If you eliminate/eradicate a vital link, in this case mosquitoes, you will be depriving animals that feed off them. They also pollinate plants flowers.

With that said though, mosquitoes only make up 1-2% of the food source animals (frogs, fish, etc that eat them). If we we're to wipe them off the face of the earth, animals who used to eat them probably wouldn't starve.
Source?
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Quinine is effective at treating malaria. The reason it's not widely used anymore is because drug companies make more money using "special treatments" that are still under patent vs something that's been treating malaria since the 1600's. Also, you'll find when the "new" methods don't work on a particular patient, they always treat them with Quinine .

Most tonic water doesn't have enough as it's only up to 2% Quinine because of the bark that's used but Quinine pills on the other hand are still as cheap as tonic water Some Tonic water brands do have a hell of a lot more in them and they are effective at treating malaria hence the origins of Gin and Tonic
The problem is if Quinine would have been used continuously since its discovery it would be useless right now. In fighting disease it's not always a good idea to constantly use a single method/drug.
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What, their solution is to make mosquitos extinct? Horrible idea.
Why not all they do it draw blood from a host and spread disease, I guess it could be bad if fish depend on them as a source of food and cause a chain reaction down the food chain and three years later were all dead, LOL
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Hey, have u guys seen the laser flashlight gun by kipkay? It pops balloons and burns stuff, and is made from a cheapy broken dvd burner!

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Mosquitoes are a food source for MANY animals, it's basic food chain problem. If you eliminate/eradicate a vital link, in this case mosquitoes, you will be depriving animals that feed off them. They also pollinate plants flowers.

With that said though, mosquitoes only make up 1-2% of the food source animals (frogs, fish, etc that eat them). If we we're to wipe them off the face of the earth, animals who used to eat them probably wouldn't starve.
AND THEY MIGHT ADAPT AND START EATING HUMANS OnO!!!!!
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Or you guys could just get a fan...
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Mosquitoes are a food source for MANY animals, it's basic food chain problem. If you eliminate/eradicate a vital link, in this case mosquitoes, you will be depriving animals that feed off them. They also pollinate plants flowers.

With that said though, mosquitoes only make up 1-2% of the food source animals (frogs, fish, etc that eat them). If we we're to wipe them off the face of the earth, animals who used to eat them probably wouldn't starve.
Regardless of them not starving, disrupting a food chain/food web has and will always have unforeseeable consequences. you tend to introduce competition if u eliminate a member from a food chain as they will find another food source that belongs to another animal and one will have to give up (the stronger will survive). Just like here in Jamaica where they introduced the mongoose to get rid of rats and snakes in the cane fields, after it depleted and even caused the extinction of one or two of the species of snakes it ran out of a food source and turned to live stock such as chicken and goats.


so we have to be careful what we do with the environment.


Kool technique of getting rid of them tho
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What if the mosquitos just evolve to be immune to lasers...lol then we will be in some serious trouble.
You can't be immune to something that can slice you in half, now can you?
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Or you guys could just get a fan...
You know that trick doesn't work as well as it used to. I tried it the other night and what i realize is that the mosquito(s) avoid the direction the wind is blowing by timing the spin of the fan, they would fly and when they realize the fan was coming towards them they would pitch on the wall or something and then fly behind the fan and pitch again till the fan went the opposite way
Edited by Jamar16 - 2/14/10 at 8:34pm
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Next we will have an Anti-Mosquitoes Sentry gun.
MOSQUITO SAPPAN MAH SENTRY!


I lol'd.
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