Taiwanese woman catches 4 million mosquitoes

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Aug 03 2010 06:47 AM | Updated as of Aug 03 2010 02:47 PM

TAIPEI – A Taiwanese woman has taken a sizeable bite out of Taiwan's mosquito population, and won a $3,000 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 kilograms (3lbs 5oz), competition organizers Imbictus International, a company that makes insect traps, said.

The haul was more than double that of her nearest rival.

The company has sent an application to Guinness World Records asking that Huang be recognized as the world's leading killer of the pest.

Mosquitoes have been a major public health hazard in Taiwan, especially as carriers of malaria until its official eradication on the island in 1965. They are still responsible for the spread of dengue fever.