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From the Ted Talk by Cameron Webb: How to design mosquitoes out of cities

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So how do you create a wetland that's not home to mosquitoes? One of the really interesting pieces of ________ we've found in recent years is that ___________ mosquito populations often seem to be associated with wetlands of poor health: wetlands that have more stagnant water, wetlands that don't have enough predators to eat the mosquitoes. So it’s a tantalizing idea that if you can create a _______ that's _________, it has more water flow, it has a greater level of biodiversity, you can actually keep mosquito populations down. If you provide habitats for the _______ that eat mosquitoes -- the birds, the bats, the fish, the frogs, the spiders, any number of aquatic insects that love munching on mosquitoes -- rather than being a _______, mosquitoes are not going to _________, we're not going to get rid of mosquitoes completely, but if they're at a more balanced place in the ecosystem, maybe we'll have fewer pest impacts, and more ___________, maybe we will see less mosquito-borne _______.

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Original Text

So how do you create a wetland that's not home to mosquitoes? One of the really interesting pieces of research we've found in recent years is that problematic mosquito populations often seem to be associated with wetlands of poor health: wetlands that have more stagnant water, wetlands that don't have enough predators to eat the mosquitoes. So it’s a tantalizing idea that if you can create a wetland that's healthier, it has more water flow, it has a greater level of biodiversity, you can actually keep mosquito populations down. If you provide habitats for the animals that eat mosquitoes -- the birds, the bats, the fish, the frogs, the spiders, any number of aquatic insects that love munching on mosquitoes -- rather than being a problem, mosquitoes are not going to disappear, we're not going to get rid of mosquitoes completely, but if they're at a more balanced place in the ecosystem, maybe we'll have fewer pest impacts, and more importantly, maybe we will see less mosquito-borne disease.

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