Mosquitoes are the deadliest creature on earth. No, seriously. Mosquitoes kill more people than any other animal and have throughout all of human history. Malaria, dengue, yellow fever, the Zika virus, and more, they’ve all been transmitted by this tiny, irritating killer.
So it’s no wonder that the natural response to all of this senseless spreading of dangerous diseases would result in extreme response measures, such as the use of strong chemicals to fight back.
The only problem is, killing mosquitoes may also be killing human health. Here’s why (and what to do about it).
Bad for Mosquitoes = Bad for Bees = Bad for Humans
Avocados, pears, almonds, wine, and many other favorite foods (up to 84% of crops) rely on animal pollinators, like bees. But a global bee problem has been going on in recent years. In the US, since bees assist with billions of dollars worth of produce each year, the US Department of Agriculture helps track bee colony loss. Between April 2015 and March 2016, beekeepers in the US lost 44.1% of their colonies.
While the exact reasons for such colossal losses are not known, pesticides and insecticides are part of the problem. Many of the chemicals commonly used to kill mosquitoes also kill bees. What’s more, as mosquitoes and other pests adapt to insecticides, more powerful (and more dangerous) insecticides get used.
Bad for Water = Bad for Humans
As anyone who hates mosquitoes knows, mosquitoes love water. They live in ponds, swamps, bird baths, gutters, and more...because they only need a tiny bit of water to survive. That fact makes draining standing water important, but draining all standing water virtually impossible.
Spraying standing water, such as creeks and waterways, is another common method for killing mosquitoes, especially their larvae. Yet, all of the earth’s water recirculates: water that evaporates from such pools of water eventually falls somewhere else. Within its particles, it carries the chemicals that surround it.
Proponents of chemical sprays argue that very little of the chemical residual ends up in the water supply in such a way that it gets ingested or comes in contact with pets or humans. While that may certainly be true, the problem is that it takes very small amounts of some chemicals to interfere with the function of hormones or the human nervous system.
The chemicals used in mosquito control interfere with the nervous system of the insects they kill. In humans, no specific illnesses or conditions are known to be caused by mosquito spraying, but there is also very little research into this area.
One study did find that there may be a correlation between mosquito spraying and autism.
Polluting the water supply with such chemicals may have other unforeseen consequences for earth’s inhabitants.
Resistance = Stronger Chemicals = Even More Bad for Humans
Resistance to the pesticides used to kill mosquitoes, and resistance to insecticides in general, is already a global issue. So far, more than 100 countries have reported known insecticide resistance, which is affecting the fight against the spread of malaria.
The natural response is to use stronger chemicals, but such an approach has no bounds--stronger and stronger chemical usage could just lead to greater adaptation of insects. Meanwhile, the human nervous system and hormone system may not be adapting as quickly to keep up with the level of toxins being thrown their way.
Natural = Better for Bees and Humans
Fortunately, it is possible to kill mosquitoes without harming humans. It requires a more natural approach-- including prevention and natural repellents. Natural repellents are completely safe and totally effective. Let us tell you how it works.