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(Miami Herald)   It took sixteen hours, but 26,000 mosquitoes were trapped and subsequently killed for science or something   ( miamiherald.com) divider line
    More: Florida, Mosquito, single mosquito trap, Malaria, Mosquito control, Tampa, Florida, Hernando County Mosquito, Hernando County, Florida, Hurricane Irma  
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2017-10-02 01:30:48 AM  
I think I've seen or been bitten by mosquitoes a total of a dozen times this summer. Almost none near our house. Went apple picking last weekend and there were none. There were two in my van the other day which is what made me think of it.
 
2017-10-02 01:54:09 AM  
So what have we learned today? Don't go near Florida in the summer?
 
2017-10-02 06:00:46 AM  
killed for counting them, it seems like.
 
2017-10-02 06:39:22 AM  
So... a street value of $2.25 million?   Cop/scientist math.
 
2017-10-02 07:15:07 AM  
The final solution?
 
2017-10-02 10:18:11 AM  
26000?  Thats about the number I get in my back yard every day....
 
2017-10-02 11:21:41 AM  
Count von Count is going to have a busy day, it seems.

/Ah ah ah twenty six thousand mosquito corpses ah ah ah
 
2017-10-02 11:50:35 AM  
My job this summer was the count mosquitos trapped in my state. Luckily our biggest trap was only about 8 thousand.
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2017-10-02 02:52:48 PM  
DNRTFA, but I'm always in favor of killing mosquitoes.
 
2017-10-02 03:10:36 PM  

Nogale: DNRTFA, but I'm always in favor of killing mosquitoes.


This.
I'm generally a live and let live person, but mosquitoes should be killed whenever possible.
 
2017-10-02 03:36:19 PM  

NotARocketScientist: Nogale: DNRTFA, but I'm always in favor of killing mosquitoes.

This.
I'm generally a live and let live person, but mosquitoes should be killed whenever possible.


Question is, if this large a number is killed on a constant basis, what happens to everything that feeds on them? Wouldn't that likely have a further ecological impact of making their food supply smaller? I'd think the impact down the food chain would be pretty huge.
 
2017-10-02 04:43:57 PM  

Intelligent_Donkey: My job this summer was the count mosquitos trapped in my state. Luckily our biggest trap was only about 8 thousand.[img.fark.net image 422x750]


How do you make these traps? My yard needs one. The bats aren't enough.
 
2017-10-02 05:55:26 PM  
So where was PeTA?  Hypocrites.
 
2017-10-02 06:27:58 PM  

buzzcut73: Intelligent_Donkey: My job this summer was the count mosquitos trapped in my state. Luckily our biggest trap was only about 8 thousand.[img.fark.net image 422x750]

How do you make these traps? My yard needs one. The bats aren't enough.


There's a few internet how-tos out there on making one with a 1L bottle, sugar water and yeast.  The fermentation mimics animal CO2 output so they flock to it.

Bats unfortunately prefer to go after the bugs that eat mosquitos since they're bigger...
 
2017-10-02 09:53:09 PM  

ChadinRL: NotARocketScientist: Nogale: DNRTFA, but I'm always in favor of killing mosquitoes.

This.
I'm generally a live and let live person, but mosquitoes should be killed whenever possible.

Question is, if this large a number is killed on a constant basis, what happens to everything that feeds on them? Wouldn't that likely have a further ecological impact of making their food supply smaller? I'd think the impact down the food chain would be pretty huge.


No idea if it is valid, but I remember reading a few years ago that some scientists couldn't figure out what beneficial role mosquitos had in the ecosystem. Essentially they were just human disease vectors.
 
2017-10-03 12:05:54 AM  

Cyclonic Cooking Action: Essentially they were just human disease vectors


Give heartworms to dogs.
 
2017-10-03 12:54:55 AM  
Mosquitoes pollinate blueberries, so they've got that going for them.
 
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