I’ve read that a little brown bat eats as many as 1000 mosquitoes in an hour and a dragonfly eats hundreds per day. Some bird-house manufacturers have claimed that Purple Martins eat thousands per day, but that turns out to be a not-so-subtle deception intended to hoodwink desperate consumers into buying and installing three-story Purple Martin mansions on fifteen-foot-high poles. Still, the idea that wild animals might lessen the onslaught of buzzing blood bandits on my evening tromps got me thinking. Trout eat flying insects. Mosquitos are flying insects. Why not train my local trout to eat mosquitos?
It’s a simple plan: I catch several trout; I force the trout to acquire a taste for mosquitos; I release the trout.
Let the mosquito massacre begin.
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