Tis the season for our winged friends to wreak their bloody habit again. I was awoken the other morning to the droning hum of the mosquito, searching for some unexposed flesh to feast on.
Mosquitoes are nasty fellows, and I think only the most fuzzy-hearted of animal lovers would try to catch one of them under a glass and set them free out the window rather than aiming a (usually mistimed) slap in their direction. There are plenty of mosquitoes in Malta at this time of year I’m afraid, so how best to deal with them?
I have heard various theories about the little vampires, such as the fact that bodies of still water, black clothing and leather are all attractants. So if you see Edward Scissorhands sunning himself poolside at your hotel, probably best to give him a wide berth. A friend of mine suggested that living in warmer climates “thickens your blood” and thus makes you somehow less appetizing, upon which idea I of course poured scorn. (Although he wasn’t mightily impressed by the black clothes and leather notion either).
As for avoiding getting devoured each night, I usually go for a combination of that lemon spray stuff along with a smoking coil stinking up the room. Not everyone likes waking up in a haze of sour smelling fog however. Nets are of course a good option, and I’ve seen one for sale on Amazon which forms a kind of tent over your bed, although at about €40 it may seem like an expensive option. DEET is the strong stuff, if you feel the lemon juice won’t act as a sufficient deterrent, although I gather it’s not terribly healthy stuff to be slapping on every day.
You can buy anti-mosquito plug-ins and bracelets to avoid this problem, only to be presented by the more glaring problem that they do not work. Some people download anti-mosquito apps onto their phones, which supposedly repel the beasts with high frequency, ultrasonic soundwaves. In truth, you may as well download a picture of a frog and wave it at the mosquitoes – it will have a similar effect.
So best advice: hang a net over your windows, set off a stinky mosquito coil near the door, and don’t fall asleep next to the pool.