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IN Weird ON 31 Aug, 2015
Mosquitoes aren't dangerous, they are vicious. They will hunt you and irritate you while making those annoying noises that are sick also the most annoying being rubbing their hands together as if conspiring something against you.
People always have tried millions of ways to get rid of mosquitoes, be it clapping their hands together or using mosquito repellents. History has seen some really crazy ideas used by people to get rid of mosquitoes. Here's a list of some of the ideas that literally top the list of the ideas. Desperate times, desperate methods.
Yes, it is fighting, fight against the mosquito and you have to win. So, Intellectual Ventures, a company built a working prototype of laser fence around their company. Here, the light would bounce between the two posts that would create a fence of light. If an insect would pass through the fence, the laser would fire.
This is a 'brilliant' technique where mosquitoes self-destruct themselves and die (obviously) before they even reach their sexual maturity.
Though the effect was disappointing, the method is to zap mosquitoes with radiation making them infertile. The problem majorly was mosquitoes were very delicate so the radiation led to injury than infertility. Poor luck.
Normally mosquitoes get you sick but in this trick you get them sick. Wolbachia, a bacteria is harmless to humans but prevents us from diseases. The only issue is injecting mosquitoes with Wolbachia and the only hope is releasing them into the forest and hoping they mate.
If a mosquito contracts malaria it will become contagious and can then pass on malaria only after a week. So people decided why not spray this fungus on walls and stranding water so that the mosquito contracts it and their life will be short. Way to go to get rid of mosquitoes.
You're forgetting that your enemy isn't the mosquito it's the disease it gives to the human body. Researches genetically engineered mosquitoes to have a strong immune system. It's so strong that it can't make the mosquitoes sick. But who cares about the mosquitoes? No one. It won't make you sick.
Mercury, as in not the planet. Clark and Lewis during their trek across the United States encountered many mosquitoes. Most people in the expedition got down with malaria. Lewis treated his malaria symptoms with Benjamin Rush's Bilious Pills which is a laxative medicine containing 50% mercury. Lewis died in 3 years.
Starting in the second half of the Second World War, DDT was sprayed liberally. Farmers also started using it on their crops after the war was over. The use of DDT was getting higher and higher and also caused bird deaths. It was banned in the United States. It's still used in many places as it is a very effective potion.
Alexandra Hiscox of Wageningen University and research center in Netherlands got funded by Gates Foundation for finding a new approach to fighting mosquitoes. Here mosquitoes can be 'pushed' from homes and 'pulled' in large traps outside where there are no humans.
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