# One of those riddles

I may not be very tall

But I can bring a downfall

I am not one but many

We are man's enemy

We treasure man's waste

And we steal it in a haste

At points, we have killed many

But we aren't as capable anymore

There is a spark that kills

We are the distributors

I think I've told you enough of myself

So, who are we?


Are you rats?

I may not be very tall
But I can bring a downfall

I am not one but many
We are man's enemy

Rats gather in packs of thousands, and pretty much everyone hates rats. They are abominations.

We treasure man's waste
And we steal it in a haste

Rats eat our trash and steal our food from us.

At points, we have killed many

Black Plague

But we aren't as capable anymore

Thanks to sanitation measures in the last century

There is a spark that kills
We are the distributors

They distributed the black death everywhere.

I'll post a slightly different answer than Simon's, are you

Bacteria?

I may not be very tall
But I can bring a downfall

The black plague

I am not one but many

Bacteria form in millions

We are man's enemy

Again, the black plague

We treasure man's waste
And we steal it in a haste

For example, bacteria eat waste in our intestines.

At points, we have killed many
But we aren't as capable anymore

Thanks to antibiotics!

• Same thing, close but not quite – Duck Aug 10 '18 at 20:21
• There is a clue I could give you but that would give it away – Duck Aug 10 '18 at 20:25
• The clue is in the poem – Duck Aug 10 '18 at 20:27
• Yes, 15 minute rule though – Duck Aug 10 '18 at 20:30
• @Duck Any hints on where the clue hidden in the poem is at? – Joe-You-Know Aug 10 '18 at 20:34

Sounds like a

Virus

I may not be very tall

But I can bring a downfall

I am not one but many

We are man's enemy

Viruses are microscopic, and can kill many. Viruses also tend to come in droves, plaguing a population

We treasure man's waste

And we steal it in a haste

Viruses flourish in waste and bacteria

At points, we have killed many

But we aren't as capable anymore

Before medicine, viruses wiped out populations.

• Very close, but not quite – Duck Aug 10 '18 at 20:21
• The keyword: distributors – Duck Aug 10 '18 at 20:34

It is

Insects

I may not be very tall

No matter the size, insects are not tall

But I can bring a downfall

Insects can ruin civilizations (Locusts)

I am not one but many

Insects are seldom alone

We are man's enemy

Insects are natural enemies of humans

We treasure man's waste

Flies swarm around trashcans and feces

And we steal it in a haste

It doesn't take very long for you to find insects around waste

At points, we have killed many

Mosquitos in particular by giving malaria

But we aren't as capable anymore

Modern insect repellents and tools keep them in check (at least more than before)

There is a spark that kills

Literally a bug zapper

We are the distributors

Insects are primary carriers of disease

I think I've told you enough of myself

So, who are we?

INSECTS

• Sorry, but it is rats, it fits great though – Duck Aug 10 '18 at 20:32
• What about the line we are not as capable as was before – Duck Aug 10 '18 at 20:36
• I put an explanation to that one. There is a ton of research into curing and treating the diseases carried, and to eliminate the carriers as well with great success. What was the meaning behind the "Spark" line? – wolfram42 Aug 10 '18 at 20:39
• The bacteria is the spark the rats are the carriers – Duck Aug 10 '18 at 20:40