Those "other things" are steel girders, reinforced concrete, and masonry. Unlike wood, these don't float. Or burn. If you can make a bridge of her, burn her somewhere discreet. If it catches, you've got her. Otherwise, aloe and a bandage.
In all seriousness, why are clinical trials so expensive? Volunteers, a doctor with a sack of pills, a lab technician and a statistician are all you need, no?
We've murdered millions, tortured innocents, trained terrorists, organized rape squads, etc., all in the name of checkers, yet we continue to play chess domestically.
This would matter if the goal was to eradicate the mosquitoes. However, according to tfa, the goal is only to knock mosquito populations down in malaria-prone areas long enough to eliminate malaria. The wee beasties that cause malaria must alternate between a human host and a female mosquito as part of their life cycle. It would be cheaper and easier to just exile malaria-infected people to Siberia or some other mosquito-free place.
Nothing makes a person more productive than the last minute.