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Cows deployed in mosquito plague fight

Gävleborg County Council in northern Sweden has announced that it has recruited 200 cows to graze land where mosquitoes lay their eggs in a bid to deal with the problem which afflicts residents of the Dalälv region every summer.

Cows deployed in mosquito plague fight

“We have studied how mosquito larvae are affected by mowing and grazing and found that there were fewer mosquito larvae there,” said Ingemar Lindquist at the county council to the local Gefle Dagbladet daily.

Long-suffering residents will have to wait until next year for the latest elixir, which according to one researcher will chew away some 70 percent of the mosquito larvae.

Efforts are taken every year to stem the development of mosquitoes in the lush Dalälven region. Last year the government authorized the bombing of the whole area with pesticide by helicopter.

The use of pesticide has serious environmental consequences however and the bovine solution is the latest in attempts to find more creative approaches to the blood-sucking insect plague.

There is furthermore the risk that if pesticides are deployed too often then the insects will develop a resistance and residents will forever be at their mercy.

To illustrate the problem, when mosquito traps are set in the peak summer period as many as 5,000 insects can be caught in one night alone.

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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.

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