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Mosquitoes to live on their own Island

Imagine how huge a task it would be to separate male and female mosquitoes from one another? That’s what one laboratory in Tahiti has been working on to enable them to almost eradicate mosquitoes from a tiny nearby island. Here’s an article with more information as to why they are taking on such a challenge.

Bacteria could be key to freeing South Pacific of mosquitoes

The South Pacific islands have long drawn sailors and tourists seeking paradise on Earth, but biologists are now trying to make the region even more alluring. A biomedical lab in Tahiti has succeeded in nearly eradicating mosquitoes from a tiny nearby island, and researchers are gearing up to eliminate the pests from a larger island that is permanently inhabited by people.

Wouldn’t it be great if we could get rid of mosquitoes from places of human habitation? They can happily ‘buzz’ away on an island where they are free to enjoy their tiny lives and remain in their important role in the ecosystem.

However, we are a long way from becoming ‘mosquito free’ so of course, we need to keep up with our mosquito protection in our homes and when we venture outside.

There is also a further species of mosquito that has been discovered on the island of Guam which is native to Jamaica and South Florida.

Exotic mosquito species found on island not a threat to humans

An exotic species of mosquito was recently identified on Guam, but it’s not a threat to humans, according to the Department of Public Health and Social Services. The newly recorded species, identified as Wyeomyia mitchellii, is native to Jamaica and South Florida. It is not known to carry any diseases harmful to humans, according to the Mosquito Surveillance and Control Program, an arm of public health’s Division of Environmental Health.

To conclude, as much as we would like to get rid of these disease spreading pests in their entirety, they are an important part of the ecosystem. However, if they would be quite happy to live on their own and no longer bother us, we could perhaps get used to that!

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