originally posted by: buster2010
originally posted by: GetHyped
a reply to: buster2010
Easy to say when it's not your herd being thinned.
That's nature not everything is happiness and sunshine.
About 3.4 billion people – half of the world's population – are at risk of malaria. In 2012, there were about 207 million malaria cases (with an uncertainty range of 135 million to 287 million) and an estimated 627 000 malaria deaths (with an uncertainty range of 473 000 to 789 000). Increased prevention and control measures have led to a reduction in malaria mortality rates by 42% globally since 2000 and by 49% in the WHO African Region.
People living in the poorest countries are the most vulnerable to malaria. In 2012, 90% of all malaria deaths occurred in the WHO African Region, mostly among children under 5 years of age www.who.int...
Global burden of dengue fever
The incidence of dengue has grown dramatically around the world in recent decades. Over 2.5 billion people – over 40% of the world's population – are now at risk from dengue. WHO currently estimates there may be 50–100 million dengue infections worldwide every year.
An estimated 500 000 people with severe dengue require hospitalization each year, a large proportion of whom are children. About 2.5% of those affected die. www.who.int...
Flies of all types make up the majority of the Barn Swallow’s diet, along with beetles, bees, wasps, ants, butterflies, moths, and other flying insects. Barn Swallows usually take relatively large, single insects rather than feeding on swarms of smaller prey. They will also pick up grit and small pebbles, or eggshells and oyster shells set out by humans, which may help the birds digest insects or add needed calcium to the diet.www.allaboutbirds.org...
the barn swallow consumes fewer aphids than the house or sand martins. On the wintering grounds, Hymenoptera, especially flying ants, are important food items. en.wikipedia.org...
originally posted by: Aldakoopa
I've never understood why mosquitoes and biting flies have to make you itch when you bite. I wouldn't care if it didn't itch, they might just be an annoyance when they land on your face or swarm around your eyes and ears.
Until then, I'm all for any way to destroy the bastards. Especially yellow flies and mosquitoes.