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Germany faces insect infestation

The Local · 2 Aug 2011, 11:58

Published: 02 Aug 2011 11:58 GMT+02:00

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Mosquito larvae has been thriving in copious amounts of standing water, according to experts, who says they’ll start swarming as soon as the sun comes out for an extended period.

Furthermore, wasps will be more aggressive because of the wet period, during which they had difficulty finding other insects to eat.

“They now have a lot to make up,” said Burkhard Schricker, an insect expert at the Free University of Berlin.

There are also more wasps than normal this year because there are an unusually low number of hornets – wasps’ mortal enemies.

Municipal authorities throughout Germany say they are working on plans to fight back this year against insect swarms, though this may prove a struggle.

KABS, an association of German cities and states dedicated to fighting insect infestations, says it has already deployed all of its resources, including a helicopter, to monitor the situation.

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Workers are also headed to breeding sites on foot to figure out how to fight against breeding insects. They could try to exterminate excessive numbers of mosquitoes using a biological agent that is harmless to other plants and animals.

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Your comments about this article

15:38 August 2, 2011 by freechoice
nothing beats a 4 Euro Insect Racket! Come and get some you /"/!"!"b$!" itch!
16:34 August 2, 2011 by harcourt
If it's not one thing it's another. Poor old Germany !!
18:43 August 2, 2011 by marimay
They had some kind of crazy mutant mosquito with stripes here three summers ago... I haven't seen them since.
19:46 August 2, 2011 by Gretl
Glad I am moving back to Germany in September after the frost should kill them all.
20:17 August 2, 2011 by ECSNatale
They dispatched a helicopter to combat the situation? What? Is Sarah Palin going to shoot mosquitoes from the air for attention now?
20:37 August 2, 2011 by Zlik
AR'nt they fruitful when it, (insect cage/s), need roumers?
22:07 August 2, 2011 by AbhilashD
Helicopters? What the hell!

Btw, when hornets came into my friend's place when I stayed with him in Munich, we burnt them by shooting deodorant into a lit lighter to create a huge tongue of flame. Pretty sadistic and inhuman I know, but spectacular. And those hornets are nasty buggers.
23:08 August 2, 2011 by whpmgr
So, the German Government gets your wallet, and the insects get your blood, sounds to me like someone is really cleaning up...
13:56 August 3, 2011 by harcourt
That's not a very well manicured finger that these lovely little creatures are shown on !!
05:41 August 5, 2011 by heyheyhey
hey harcourt. I think you need medication for your fowl moods. Chronic negativity is a sign that you may be mentally unhealthy.
15:09 August 5, 2011 by anderapadoker
Hey insects are only controlled by some biological methods as for make it sure to be the humans safe.

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