1. What is the danger of mosquitoes?
These insects kill millions
of people worldwide each year by the spread of disease and parasites.
They include malaria, dengue, yellow fever, encephalitis,
and West Nile Virus. There are ongoing efforts to control these diseases by eliminating mosquito breeding areas.
2. Why did God make mosquitoes?
The basic question of
why evil and suffering exist in this world was pondered long ago by the Old Testament patriarch Job, and our understanding
today remains far from complete. We can, however, rejoice in the gospel remedy for the sin which enslaves us all. One can
speculate that in the original, perfect Creation, mosquitoes were not a problem. The Fall of mankind, also called the Curse,
described in Genesis 3, may have reprogrammed many plants and animals to a less friendly state. Today, mosquitoes are an important
food source for birds, bats, frogs, and fish.
3. Do only female mosquitoes bite us?
Both male and female
mosquitoes are nectar feeders. It is only the females of some species which require protein and iron for their eggs, available
in a blood meal.