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What If We Killed All the Mosquitoes?

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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
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jha123salt (7 hours ago)
We should kill all Mosquitoes so we can do the future intelligent species a favor and give them the ability to bring us back from extinction like those Jurassic Park genetic engineers through DNA. We'd be much worse than any T-Rex seeing an of these dumbass comments.
ll Katrina ll (8 hours ago)
Get a flamethrower 🔥
A Communist Raptor (16 hours ago)
Then just make sure the wolbachia don't mutate, otherwise big boss will have to make diamonds out of mosquito ashes..
Ubbe Ragnarsson (22 hours ago)
I would gladly kill all mosquitoes if I could, and I would do it with a smile.
Emerald Chill (1 day ago)
How about kill every mosquito that bites or has deadly viruses
DashieeLemon (1 day ago)
Just kill the mosquitoes that suck blood
Cam we modify like...Everything about Slothes and koalas except the Koala appearance
Humans are really good at making things go extinct *Pat myself on the back* Proud of that
You got my vote...also kill all kinds of roaches
Sailor OnDaTea (1 day ago)
if i had a button that could eradicate all the mosquitoes on the earth but also melt all the ice at the same time, i would had pressed it instead of writing this.
NovaLegion (1 day ago)
They're the worlds population controller.
KILL THEM ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jonathan Becerra (2 days ago)
ONLY GOOD BUG IS A DEAD BUG!
Desmora Aromsed (2 days ago)
i watched this video today at worked i got attacked by hordes of mosquitos outside im still killing mosquitoes tomorrow
lburkee (2 days ago)
Would be nice to sit out doors without them eating us alive. Kill THEM ALL
Jacob Pugh (2 days ago)
They serve zero perpose and would never be missed by anyone
Jasmin Balic (2 days ago)
Wow humanity is on same side finally. No more war betwen humans now we fight mosquitos.
maybeDOS (2 days ago)
Man I'm pretty sure that these fish and birds can deal with different food they ain't even big enough fill em up I bet.
Awesome4Life (2 days ago)
BURN THEM DOWN
izac Segura (3 days ago)
Everything he said is honestly wrong i just studied what they (scientists) said would happened and still they are not sure what will happen to any species. Killing them all wouldnt change anything because other species doesnt solely rely on mosquitoes. In other reasons its so hard to figure out where it would lead to. Look it up on USA news if you dknt believe me.
- TRC- (3 days ago)
the world is 90% better
Lil Zed (3 days ago)
"some of you may die, put its a risk i'm willing to take" like if you know this phrase lmao
joey kill (3 days ago)
80's aegypti
David Berac (3 days ago)
Hear me,hear me. By the lawful command of King (Insert name here) I call upon rightful crusade to the infidel scum that are mosquito's. Signed Duke of (insert name here)
Jamie Means (3 days ago)
please do it kill them all i hate mosquitoes
Ybarra's Mind (3 days ago)
A better way to kill mosquitoes https://youtu.be/S4Suo1Vovmw
abc def (3 days ago)
We could make one HELL of a dent if everyone who an outside gas grill also bought a Mosquito Magnet. Those things rake them in my the millions.
Dark-Killerfight (4 days ago)
When I was 8 I went outside with a bug zapper and tried to kill as many mosquitoes as I could
Dark-Killerfight (4 days ago)
Yes
Kill ALL of them, not just the ones that cause diseases.
JXGaming (4 days ago)
SHORT ANSWER? YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS ! there is already a technology to kill them using lasers. please DONT use biology and make REZIDENT EVIL COME TRUE PLZZZZZ
Friendze (4 days ago)
2:47 - 3:01 isn't it like killing a mosquito? I mean if it's dead then it won't have any offspring. I see only one reason for doing this thing instead of killing it. Female lay eggs only once in her life so you kill every mosquito that was about to live. Because this female is going to lay eggs with any mosquito so I think it doesnt matter if you kill mosquito or not but if she lays her eggs only once in her life that it is pretty good. If not then it's waste of money, time and intellect of people who worked on that. Also I think killing mosquitoes wouldn't hurt ecosystem. I'm not an expert but I can't think about good damn thing mosquitoes do. Like what? They feed spiders? Mosquitoes are so useless that nature wouldn't even notice those nasty pests died. Everyone would be happy and wars would stop.
and myu (4 days ago)
I wanted this chanel when masquito disturb around me 😐
Laraib Haider (4 days ago)
I don't care KILL ALL THE BAD ONES THEN!! AAAAAAAAH!!
Crazymouse60 (4 days ago)
KILL THEM ALL AND MAKE THEIR DEATHS SLOW AND PAINFUL
Gavin Berry (4 days ago)
Can we just burn them all already?
Johnny Guenther (4 days ago)
Hey buddy the word of God says mosquitos have been around only about 6000 years. Good video though
Jose Diola (5 days ago)
we already tried.. we just can't beat them..
Don't waste your time... Kill all the fleas!
VibeVendor (5 days ago)
Spare my legs. Kill
khurin'in rin (5 days ago)
Good job
lolman 20077 (6 days ago)
Kill em all
Trvrr Zbsky (6 days ago)
I say we should kill them only in our areas near houses. Anything that eats them eats also other leess annoying bugs
Xxmemequeenxx Xx (6 days ago)
WE GOTTA KILL EM ALL
PurpleDood 344 (7 days ago)
LETS KILL THEM ALL!!!! THEY WOULD’NT LET ME LAST LONGER IN MY COUSIN’S MOSQUITO FILLED HOUSE!!!!
dexter111344 (7 days ago)
Murder all mosquitoes. Okay, at least eliminate the Aedes mosquito.
Hell Tantrumbull (7 days ago)
Flies and mosquitoes must go, stupid things do nothing but cause problems all the time.
James Barker (7 days ago)
Ignoring whether we should eliminate the disease vector for a moment--those species of mosquitoes that transmit viruses and pathogens, is there any downside to driving those viruses and pathogens themselves to extinction? Do they have any known or plausible benefit to humankind despite the harm they cause? What would be possible drawbacks of cutting away that particular part of the web of life.
Professor Roundbottom (7 days ago)
DDT isn't so bad. The guy who created it ate a teaspoon of it every day just to prove that it was safe. He was over 80 when he died.
1212 12 (7 days ago)
*Since anopheles only exist in africa,asia and south america. Does that mean the cant handle other countries climate like Finland with their colder weather?*
June Jannson Gomez (7 days ago)
Simple, just annihilate the bad ones
moon knight dragon (7 days ago)
I don't care I kill them
OOTurok (7 days ago)
Some bugs are impossible to make extinct. If there was a nuclear war... all that would survive would be roaches & mosquitos.
Tyson The Rand (8 days ago)
Read in the paper today that ghey introduced sterile mosquotoes into a certain population an reduced there population by 90%
Blitzkrieg (8 days ago)
Kill them all anyway. And build more small electric chairs for roaches
the big Fart (8 days ago)
Y not kill the biting species or make them unable to bite
Derek Trunkey (8 days ago)
Can you do the same video for poison oak/ivy and ticks? Thanks.
joe nodden (8 days ago)
I don't care if a third of the world's food supply goes away, I don't care if thousands of people die, *I just want them dead*
J (8 days ago)
*OUT WITH THE BIG ONES!!! RAISE YOUR GUNS, MEN. WE'RE GOING MOSQUITO HUNT'N TODAY!*
Trickstar 91 (8 days ago)
anyone who says getting rid of them would be bad is a moron....if all mosquitos would vanish right now literally nothing would be affected except the quality of our lives for the better...mosquitos are nothing but useless pests
Cace Briggs (8 days ago)
Ah pls do not succ HA fool I do not succ I SOOOOOOOOOOOOOK
Nitin Noel (9 days ago)
They took errr jawbs
Don (9 days ago)
Obviously haven’t seen the original War of the Worlds.
gamer girl (9 days ago)
Kill them allllll bcs males make that annoying sound but females bite and make that fricking sound
Kill them all. I’m tired of going out into the woods for a hike, and coming back home with red bumpy polka dots on my body.
Eric Hopper (9 days ago)
CRISPR makes this a distinct possibility.
Marcel Huchwajda (9 days ago)
_Do it_ *DOOM MUSIC PLAYS*
TAIxGOPNIK GAMING (9 days ago)
i dont care, even if 1000 speices will go exstint if we kill all of mosquitos, it would be worth it, we should really be caring about of OURS OWN SPEICES than other, dont be stupid, life of a innocent children worth more than a thousands animals and those mosquitoes killed MILIONS of children every year
伍Joe (10 days ago)
DEEAATHH TOOO ALLLLL MOSQUITOOOSS
Rizzit (10 days ago)
I'd burn entire forests to wipe them out
Peter Stainforth (10 days ago)
We would be killing the last specific significant threat to the human species.
Aesthetic Point* (10 days ago)
Just Kill All Female Mosquitoes *"So smart"*
Michael Ramprashad (10 days ago)
Also things used to kill mosquitoes will go out of business
Michael Ramprashad (10 days ago)
Also a majority of the bug spray industry would go out of business
Michael Ramprashad (10 days ago)
All the people of the world would not be scared to sit down not moving in there backyard or anywhere else
Azaryah R. (10 days ago)
Lol millions of years never existed. If it did, where’s your proof ?
Gregory Givens (10 days ago)
Why didn't you answer the question? The best you said was some scientists think there may be potentially harmful ripples in the ecosystem. What would happen if mosquitoes that bite humans were extinct?
Tom Kuton (10 days ago)
Mosquitoes are important, to decreasing overpopulation. Overpopulation caused the crops and food to ran out, for starvation or cannibal.
codeman7055 (11 days ago)
Idk why people keep asking if we should kill off a species, 1 it sounds messed up, 2 the answer is always no because it usually messes with the ecosystem or something.
Patrick dos Santos (11 days ago)
KILL THEM ALL WITH FIRE!!!!!!
Shephλrd (11 days ago)
The drums of war thunder once again
Ian Fortuna (11 days ago)
Take no prisoners kill them all this video is fake there's no benefit to keep them
ItsGabbGabb (11 days ago)
As someone who mosquitos prefer to bite from I say I want them extinct as well as the fleas! I literally have over 30 mosquito bites :/
Elise Fontaine (12 days ago)
KILL THEM ALLLLLLLLLL!!!!! I have like 10 bites on one leg and like 3 on the other.
Elise Fontaine (12 days ago)
WO KILL THEM ALLLLLLLLLL FOR BITING US AND MAKING US SUFFER!!!!!!!!!!!!
Orthodox Fox (12 days ago)
Kill most of them using the most brutal methods. They deserve the worst methods. They stole my blood. 7 different bites in one day. Support their predators, anything to cause them the most trauma
SCP -049-j (12 days ago)
I came Here because My Cousin Died of Dengue Now I Need Revenge So I answer yes Kill Them All :-)
Cole Bum (13 days ago)
Honestly, I wish there was just one mosquito left in the world but, I WANT ALL OF THE OTHER MOSQUITOES TO DIE AND ROT IN HELL
Cole Bum (13 days ago)
I HATE MOSQUITOES SO MUCH I WISH ALL OF THEM WOULD DIE ALREADY 😡
Jacob Pownall (13 days ago)
Kill em all
ESTRELLA SANTIAGO (13 days ago)
KILL THEM ALLL AT ALL RISKS
Jeroen Coninx (14 days ago)
I dont want them to just die, I want them to suffer
10k subs with no video (14 days ago)
Kill the 300 species.
MasterXG (14 days ago)
The amount of people who haven't watched the video before commenting "kill them all" is way damn high!
Calvin Ye (14 days ago)
genetically modifying mosquitoes could be a possible source of zombie apocalypse.
Count DaMoney (14 days ago)
Great example of smart people overthinking things... YES, we should kill ALL mosquitoes. Enough said, YES, kill them. End of discussion.
BigMobe (15 days ago)
I would love it if there was a way to make my blood poisonous to them and anything else that bites humans.
ImadCOOKIE (15 days ago)
why just take away. kill all the species who bitez
Mekagoen Mimadri (15 days ago)
We do not kill all the mosquitoes. We may surely, however, kill all the mosques. Both things are lethal. Both mosquitoes and mosques, are clear and present dangers. They are equally repulsive entities, that cause abject grief, and very pesky annoyance, decease, illness, sores, herpes, and putrid decay. They both gotta go away.. Per Saecula Saeculorum.
Joseph Bautista (15 days ago)
GUYS GET YOUR BUG SPRAYS AND YOUR FLIP FLOPS WE ARE GOING INTO WAR WITH MOSQUITOS
CoolMan Caravan (15 days ago)
We have to

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