The mosquito is the deadliest insect in the world. It may sound strange but it is true! As carriers of many deadly diseases, these insects tops the list of deadliest insects in the world.
Most of the diseases that are carried by mosquitoes are deadly. They are responsible for causing 1 million deaths every year. WHO estimated that in every 30 seconds a child dies due to malaria. Young kids under the age of five are in the most danger.
Mosquitoes carry malaria germs from one place to another and spread the germs into the victim’s blood by biting.
Infected Anopheles mosquitoes carry a parasite in the genus Plasmodium which is the cause of the deadly disease malaria. That is why this species is also known as the “malaria mosquito” though you might also hear them called the “marsh mosquito.”
The parasite reproduces within the mosquito’s body. When female mosquitoes bite humans to feed on their blood, the parasite is transferred to the human host.
500 million cases of malaria are reported every year throughout the world. Half the world’s population lives at risk of contracting malaria. 90 percent of the world’s malaria cases occur in Africa only.
In addition to malaria, the mosquitoes also transmit yellow fever, Chikungunya, West Nile virus, dengue fever, filariasis, Zika virus. All these are deadly infections and diseases, which are responsible for many deaths.
Mosquitoes have a special organ called the maxillary palp which detects CO2 released from our breath. This organ then guides them to us. Mosquitos consume three times their own weight in blood.
The mosquitoes are not merely pests that cause nasty red bumps on your skin. They have the potential cause a serious illness that can lead to death which makes them the deadliest insect in the world.