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Brain-scrambling bugs could tackle mosquito plagues

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By Rachel Nowak (Image: Eye Of Science / SPL) (Image: Scott O'Neill) (Image: CDC-Collins /Phanie / Rex Features) (Image: Scott O'Neill) I am standing underneath a house. Like many traditional raised houses here in Queensland, Australia, the space under this one is an extension of the living area, with old furniture, laundry airing in the corner, stubby holders on the coffee table – and mosquitoes. Hundreds of them. I swat at my bare ankles and arms. At this house, though, guests are not usually allowed to kill mozzies. Quite the opposite, in fact. Here, most visitors come to feed the mosquitoes – fresh blood, 10 minutes a day, every day (see image). For these are no ordinary mosquitoes, and this is no ordinary house. Instead, it’s a mock-up of the underbelly of an old “Queenslander”, complete with its own backyard mimicking typical conditions under the shade of a mango tree, all enclosed by a mosquito-proof,