Sverdrup-Thygeson urges us to "talk about bugs better" – but if there is one pest that deserves our insults, it's mosquitoes.
Unlike other insects, mosquitoes do not poison the plants and destroy waste. Contrary to popular belief (even Sverdrup-Thygeson falls into this trap), they are not an important source, a source that cannot be eaten by other animals, either. In fact, as Timothy Winegard describes in his book & # 39; & # 39; Mosquitoes, & # 39; s the only good thing they do is disaster.
Mosquitoes are the deadliest animals on earth, and the competition is not even close. Since 2000, they have killed an average of two million people a year, significantly more than snakes (50,000), dogs (25,000), crocodiles (1,000), lions (100) and sharks (10) in total. . In fact, mosquito-borne diseases, particularly mosquitoes, have killed nearly half of the 108 billion humans that have ever lived.
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Winegard is a historian, not a scientist (teaches at Colorado Mesa University), while the book & # 39; Sverdrup-Thygeson & # 39; he covers from subject to subject like a bee in a Grapevine, “Mosquito” is systematic. Winegard goes on from ancient to modern times, showing how the mosquito reproduces it several times in history. "More than kaqeybgalayaasha others outside," he wrote, "mosquitoes, as noogaa deadliest, they kaxeeysay events in human history to create a new reality."
Topics taken include Alexander the Great's campaign, the promotion of Christianity, the African slave trade, the Panama Canal, racism, and Haitian and American Revolutions. In fact, as long as Mozambique is honoring its flagship AK-47, according to Winegard, the United States and Haiti should probably honor the mosquitoes. Bed bugs were an important determinant of freedom, and were destroyed by the invading European army (unlike the opposition) without much resistance. Not the guns, the germs and the irons here – they are germs.
And we are still dealing with the emergence of mosquitoes today. In Italy, China and the United States, the northern part of each country has been economically stable while the southern part has fallen. Why? Winegard argues that tropical lands in the southern hemisphere have historically been vulnerable to malaria, which has killed many and strengthened the survival of survivors. Even in places where we today don't & # 39; t have malaria, da & # 39; s formulas remain.
As these examples show, Winegard is not afraid of meaningful explanation, but his enthusiasm is sometimes better than his. One chapter discusses the American Civil War, noting that the disease was responsible for nearly two-thirds of union deaths and three-thirds of secret deaths. But polio, pneumonia and polio have actually killed far more people than mosquito-borne diseases during the conflict. Not every last event in the history of bed bugs returns.