Professor Adeolu Ande, a Professor of Entomology at the University of Ilorin, Adeolu has decried on the killing of mosquitoes, saying the insects are friends to humans that deserved to be properly managed.
Prof. Ande made the statement on Monday in Ilorin in a paper he presented at a public seminar organised by the university. In his paper with the title “Consider the ways of Ants and be Wise,”
the entomologist described insects as the “most successful and
influential group’’ of organisms in the biosphere.
He said that humans had a lot to learn from insects in order to be wise.
“Human life is beset with inevitable associations with insects that
have over the years influenced human destiny positively and negatively. Negative influences, such as disease transmission, crop losses, food
spoilage, economic losses and nuisance value caused by less than 5 per
cent of insect species have been exaggerated by man. The female mosquito could be described as an example of a true
mother who is forced to undertake suicide mission in its bid to provide
for its unborn children. The adult female mosquitoes have exceptional value for child raising
hence the level of commitment and risk they take on the mission that
entails decision between life and death. The after-effect of this commitment is a well thought out plan that
forestalls most of the factors that may stand in the way of raising good
I am sure most human females will not take comparable decision in the face of similar attendant risks.
It is however certain that children born after well thought out and
risky conditions are better posited for quality living than those