Oh yes… a question on many people’s lips… what about those blimmin mosquitos in Fuerteventura? Yes, we could chat on about mozzies… and how fascinating a species they are… and how they effect the eco-system… and how many types there are… (yes, we’re bored already too). But what YOU really want to know is… 1. How to kill the blighters. 2. How to keep their gnashers off you, and 3. How to get rid of that terrible itch!
1. How to kill them.
There are many ways of killing mosquitoess, including squishing them against walls (Don’t! It makes a hell of a mess. Crush them against something that sponges off easily.)
There are also many sprays and plug ins available on the market, that when aimed at these little bloodsuckers, will work quickly and effectively. Your local supermarkets will stock a variety of these for you.
If you fancy a bit more fun and action in your mosquito killing – then why not buy one of those electric fly zappers, and tone up those flabby bits at the same time? Maybe offer to go and do the neighbor’s mozzies as part of your new fitness regime too! But do let us know ahead of time, so that we can film it ready for pop on here for everyone else’s amusement :o.)
2. How to keep them away
Okay – now it gets a little bit more “hit and miss”. There are so many different words of advice for this… so we’ll just tell you what has worked for us.
Garlic – don’t knock this aromatic little bulb. Mozzies hate garlic – and they also hate yeast. So make sure plenty of both is in your diet. That doesn’t mean 12 pints of beer, and a kebab every night! We use garlic in 95% of our dishes. Everything from the usual spag bol, to garlic bread, to salad dressings, and marinades. We even crush up half a clove into the dog’s food… to stop him getting bitten too. It seems to work fine for him!
We have also noticed however, that the longer we have lived here – the less we seem to get bitten. It certainly never seems to bother our Spanish friends. When we ask them, they just shrug and say they don’t notice them.
Avon Skin So Soft is used by so many people (yes, even men too!) as a mosquito repellant – and with marked results. Because it’s not too perfumed, you can slap it all over without a problem. It’s ok fellas… if anyone says anything about it to you – just tell them why. We won’t think any the less of you for it.
Plug-ins – Ok… many people swear by these. Personally, we’ve found them no good at all. But do make your own mind up with them.
Citronella candles – we haven’t tried this ourselves yet, but other have said it does seem to deter them. We’d love to hear from anyone who has used them successfully.
Mosquito screens. If you can… do invest in some mosquito screens for your windows. It means you can still have a Fuerteventura breeze through your windows at night, but without Mr Mozz and his many family members nipping in for a good chomp. However, if your door is wide open, they’ll just come in that way instead. Also screen any vents you may have too.
3. How to take that awful itch away
Right – the first thing to remember is… Don’t scratch! By scratching your skin you are doing two things. Firstly you are stimulating the nerve endings.. so it will itch and irritate more. Give it a sharp slap instead. this deadens the nerve endings instead. Secondly, you can scar from this – not easy on the eye.
Try spray on deodorant. I read this in a forum a few months back, and was not convinced. However, i thought I’d give it a go. And yes, it worked! Use a spray on deodorant and aim it at the bite. The cooling numbs the area, taking that itch away for you. Don’t prolong the spray for too long though, or too closely, or you may risk freeze burn.
Other things to ensure
Make sure there is no standing water inside or outside your home. That’s where the mosquitoes will lay their many eggs. So empty out containers and plant pots in the garden after the rain, and clear any guttering. Don’t worry about the pool though, as usually you will have chemicals in there that keep these little monsters at bay.
Picture courtesy of National Geographic
Here’s hoping you have a bite free year!