Monday, August 2, 2010

Record Mosquito Catch in Taiwan

"Taiwanese woman catches 4 million mosquitoes"
Breitbart (August 2, 2010)

"A Taiwanese woman has taken a sizeable bite out of Taiwan's mosquito population, and won a 3,000 US dollar cash prize, by catching around 4 million of the bloodsuckers in just one month.

"Huang Yu-yen, from southern Taiwan's Yunlin county, beat 72 rivals with a catch weighing in at more than 1.5 kilogrammes (3lbs 5oz), competition organisers Imbictus International, a company that makes insect traps, said...."

Over three and a quarter pounds? That's a lot of mosquitoes! Nice to know that Minnesota isn't the only place - blessed? - with such pests.

The article points out, on a more serious note, that mosquitoes have been a serious health problem in Taiwan, until a mid-sixties eradication program. And that they still carry dengue fever: definitely not by popular demand.

4 comments:

Maurice Mitchell said...

How in the world do you catch all those mosquitos? What would you use as bait? Rosie O'Donnell?

Brian, aka Aluwir, aka Norski said...

Maurice Mitchell,

Very good question - which didn't get answered in the news, as far as I saw.

Brigid said...

I know what I'd use as bait. *dangles little sister over a fly trap*

Brian, aka Aluwir, aka Norski said...

Brigid,

I'm not sure exactly what she'd think of that. ;)

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