A professor has called for an end to the killing of mosquitoes, stating that they are friends and allies to humans and we could learn a lot from them. Adeolu Ande, a Professor of Entomology at the University of Ilorin, made this known on Monday in a paper he presented at a public seminar organized by the University of Ilorin.
He said that, rather than kill mosquitoes, a man should discover ways to manage them because they would exist whether we like them or not and will continue to source blood from humans. He called on zoologists to fulfill their role of being foster parents of animals in the Zoo because that’s what’s expected of them, adding that they should be familiar with the needs and health status of animals, insects included.
In his paper titled, ‘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 have a lot to learn from insects in order to be wise. He said that insects make positive influence such as; pollination of flowers, sustenance of the ecosystem, serve as a source of silk, act as biological control agents and food source, but lamented that these impacts made by the insects are underplayed and not appreciated, instead we focus on their negative influences which he said are minimal.
The professor called for improvement in Zoology curriculum to ensure better focus on organisms that feature prominently around man.