Helicopters to bomb Swedish mosquitoes

The mounting mosquito problems in the Dalälven region, in central Sweden, have resulted in a governmental plan to use helicopters to bomb the blood-thirsty insects to death before the summer season commences.

Helicopters to bomb Swedish mosquitoes

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.

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

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Denmark suspects two Swedes over explosion at tax authority

Two Swedish citizens are suspected in connection with last week’s explosion at the Danish Tax Agency. One of the two is in police custody.

Denmark suspects two Swedes over explosion at tax authority
Copenhagen Police superintendent Jørgen Bergen Skov addresses the press. Photo: Philip Davali / Ritzau Scanpix

Copenhagen Police superintendent Jørgen Bergen Skov confirmed the arrests to press on Wednesday morning.

“Both individuals are suspected of carrying out the detonation at the Tax Agency,” Skov said.

One man, aged 22, was arrested in Swedish city Malmö on Tuesday and will be extradited to Denmark. Once he reaches Copenhagen he will appear for preliminary court proceedings, which the prosecution will request take place behind closed doors.

Swedish newspaper Kvällsposten reports the 22-year-old has no previous criminal convictions in the country.

The second man, a 23-year-old, is yet to be detained but an international arrest warrant for him has been issued, Skov said.

“During the night, we also searched several addresses in Sweden. We hereby confiscated what we believe to be a car used by the suspects,” he said.

“We have one suspect on the loose, which means we must be careful about what we say, out of consideration for the investigation,” he added.

The superintendent did not add any detail about how police were able to connect the two individuals to the August 6th explosion.

Skov also stressed that police do not believe the tax authority blast to be connected to a similar incident at a police station in Copenhagen’s Nørrebro neighbourhood in the early hours of Saturday.

“There is nothing to suggest (a connection),” he said.