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Look Out for these Problematic Invasive Species
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Malaria Mosquito

  • Native To: Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Invading: All of Africa

The Malaria Mosquito obviously gets its name from what it tends to spread, the Malaria virus. While mosquitos are now common to see all over the world, this specific species of mosquito mostly can be found in Sub-Saharan Africa. Naturally, it became a notable invasive species simply due to what it carries. Mosquitos naturally bite into the skin of animals and humans alike, and that is something you’re going to see with them all.

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The difference here is that the species has the Malaria pathogen. The moment it bites into a human or animal, it then transfers that very pathogen. Of course, some people do not get sick from this. This is especially true for those who spot the mosquito before it has time to really do anything. However, the rest may contract the virus and get very sick. There are vaccines to cut the symptoms down and nets to keep them away as much as possible. However, it is still not enough.

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  • Native To: North America, Europe, Asia
  • Invading: Their Native Land

To be fair, deer are found worldwide. There are some in the species that have been introduced elsewhere, however. This includes the Red Deer, which was introduced to Argentina, Australia, and New Zealand. Yet the most interesting thing about deer is that they are actually invasive to the place they are native. While it is true that some have been introduced, a place like the United States of America has been seeing deer for several centuries. It’s native to this land. The Whitetail Deer, for example, is widespread.

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Yet the population has gotten out of control, especially during the time of year when hunting deer is not allowed outside private land. In fact, hunters are only allowed a specific amount per hunting season too. This is to help keep the population from being reduced too heavily obviously. Yet deer reproduce heavily, causing millions to pop up every year. They have interrupted agricultural territories, and they are even known for causing more car accidents than any other species in America COMBINED. This makes them responsible for over 200 human deaths per year.

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Killer Bees

  • Native To: Nowhere
  • Invading: North & South America

This is actually the only animal on the list that is not actually native to any region. Known as the Africanized Honeybee, they have been referred to as “Killer Bees” by most people for a long time. This is primarily due to the fact that they have actually been responsible for many human deaths. How is it that this species is not native to any area? Killer bees are actually a hybrid bee species. They are a cross between a Western Honey Bee and East African Lowland Honey Bee.

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The species was bred to see if there might be an increase in honey production with two species that do this well…just in different ways. The species was introduced to Brazil in 1956, confined in a quarantined area. This changed when in 1957, 26 swarms of the bee managed to escape. They began to breed heavily, making their way through South & Central America. By the 1990s, they managed to make it into North America. Killer bees have been a notable invasive species there ever since.


Where Do We Find this Stuff? Here are Our Sources:

National Institutes of Health

U.S. National Invasive Species Information Center

U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

U.S. Department of the Interior

Australian Department of Agriculture, Water, & The Environment

Columbia University

University of California, Riverside: Center for Invasive Species Research

National Geographic

World Wildlife Fund

National Wildlife Federation

Smithsonian Magazine

Live Science