Mosquitoes are our apex predator, the deadliest hunter of human beings on the planet. A swarming army of 100 trillion or more mosquitoes patrol nearly every inch of the globe, killing about 700,000 people annually. Researchers suggest that mosquitoes may have killed nearly half of the 108 billion humans who have ever lived across our 200,000-year or more existence.
The author of the piece is Timothy C. Winegard, author of the forthcoming book The Mosquito: A Human History of Our Deadliest Predator.
Each year, about 400,000 people die of malaria alone, with another 300,000 dying from other mosquito-borne diseases.