The mosquito population in Estonia is down by at least 400 after the Baltic state hosted its first-ever mosquito-catching championship.
Thirty-seven participants recently gathered in a field in the city of Tartu to take part in the unusual competition, which brought a cross section of participants.
The field was divided into three-square-meter segments where participants, either
individuals or in teams of three, collected as many mosquitoes as possible in 10 minutes.
The competition rules did not state whether the collected mosquitoes had to be dead or alive.
Participants did not practice before the championship but many had a tactical plan in place to catch the annoying insect.
The winner in the individual participant category was Rauno Luksepp who caught 38 mosquitoes during the 10-minute duration, but he accumulated about as many mosquito bites in the process.
Meanwhile, in the team category, some participants caught up to 81 mosquitoes, but others could not catch more than one.
The idea of the championship came from Finland, where there have been mosquito-catching championships in the past.
The record registered in Finland is eight mosquitoes in two minutes, so participants in the Estonian championship wanted to break that record, which they did.
The first place winner received a yacht sailing trip on the biggest lake in Estonia, lake Peipus.