Some areas of Sweden are hit by swarms of the blood-suckers each year. File photo: Göran Widerberg/Vestmanlands Läns Tidning/TT

No state cash for mosquito control?

Local authorities in areas of Sweden often hit by clouds of mosquitos cannot expect state funding to fight the tiny blood suckers, news agency TT reports.

Instead, the new government wants local authorities to fund the eradication schemes themselves, with no money set aside in the Autumn budget for the task. It also wants them to find other ways to fight the plagues, without using the biological insecticide BTI.

Peter Kärnström, who is the local Social Democrat mayor in the town of Sandviken, which includes areas regularly hit by clouds of the bugs, told local newspaper Arbetarbladet: "It is going to be hell in Gysinge without mosquito control."

However, Helena Hellström Gefwert, press spokeswoman for the Environment Minister, says the new current is treating the issue in the same way as the previous centre-right government, and has not yet ruled out giving one-off funds each year, just like in 2013 and 2014. A decision will be made by the end of the year, she told TT.

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