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Helicopters to bomb Swedish mosquitoes

The Local · 27 Apr 2012, 09:18

Published: 27 Apr 2012 09:18 GMT+02:00

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There has been a general angry buzz in the Dalälven area among local residents, who have complained that the summers are intolerable when shared with so many hungry mosquitoes.

The government decided to act on the problem, and announced on Wednesday that they would eradicate the mosqitoes by bombing the whole municipality with pesticide.

“People fare very badly when there are so many mosquitoes,” said the environmental minister Lena Ek to the Aftonbladet newspaper.

Helicopters will be used to deploy pesticide bombs to eradicate the unsuspecting mosquito population.

The target of the 9,000 hectare area will be the insects’ larvae, and the eradication of this is hoped to prevent further itchy situations.

In Sweden, a mosquito population is considered to be dire when over 5,000 are caught in one night trap, as was the case in the Dalälven region.

Meanwhile, there are concerns that the insects may build up a resistance to the pesticides and come back in even stronger numbers.

“But one must be careful and keep checking that we don’t start seeing a resistance to the pesticides. There are governmental decisions in place that we will be testing against this,” Ek told the paper.

Ek was keen to point out that that she didn’t want residents to feel the sting any longer, noting that previous summers were saved by similar procedures.

“It’s clear that the people who live there are worried and we’re trying to do this as well as we possibly can for them,” she told the paper.

The pesticide used will be Vectobac G, which is biodegradable, and will be used in the municipalities of Heby, Tierps, Älvkarleby, Sala, Avesta, Gävle and Sandviken.

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The municipalities can choose at their own discretion when to begin the bombing.

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10:01 April 27, 2012 by JulieLou40
I wish they'd come to Norrland too....it's a nightmare, especially when we visit the in-laws in Åkroken (near Arvidsjaur). I have a rare blood group, and for some reason, the mozzies absolutely LOVE me-maybe it's a different taste or something. Yuk!!
10:06 April 27, 2012 by Puffin
Dalarna/Gävleborg has more mozzies than Norrland - it held the world record in Gysinge a couple of years ago

In these communities it get so bad that people are unable to go outside at all in the summer - school and villages have to hold midsoomar indoors
10:20 April 27, 2012 by Twiceshy
Bombing the whole municipality with pesticide? What could possibly go wrong?
10:49 April 27, 2012 by JulieLou40
Interesting what you say, Puffin. In that case it looks like I have even worse luck than I thought, because every time I go to the in-laws, days later I erupt in hideous itchy pink bumps....urgh...
10:50 April 27, 2012 by sarcastrix
Agent Orange all over again?
11:48 April 27, 2012 by OUIJA
It is far much better to bomb Swedish mosquitoes, than to help NATO to bomb Lybian civilians.
16:21 April 27, 2012 by unt9
Where is this area Dalälven?
17:22 April 27, 2012 by planet.sweden
The most effective way to wipe out mosquitoes is to release billions of radioactively sterilized males into the environment which then 'mate' with the females and the crop of mosquitoes the following year is close to zilch.

Human males sterilize themselves by shoving a mobile phone down their front pocket, but with mosquitoes its achieved en masse by releasing the insects into chambers and then dosing them with gamma radiation.


It certainly beats bombing a municipality with pesticides.
17:51 April 27, 2012 by Steggles
Will probably do more harm than good!
18:13 April 27, 2012 by Migga
#8 What impact does that method have on the birdlife and surrounding enviorment?
01:48 April 30, 2012 by shiraz
May all places (but particularly Scandinavia) be free of insects and pests and harmful, painful (parasitical or murderous) life forms now and forever.
22:48 May 1, 2012 by planet.sweden
18:13 April 27, 2012 by Migga

#8 What impact does that method have on the birdlife and surrounding enviorment?

None at all, the mosquitoes are sterilized by radiation but that doesn't make them as a whole radioactive any more than an X-ray or indeed chemotherapy makes a human radioactive. It simply terminates their ability to reproduce.

The reproductive organs of most species are very susceptible to damage by radiation which is why guys shouldn't walk around with mobile phones shoved down their front pockets, and young girls shouldn't listen to music on their iPhones while it rests in their lap.
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