you are not my friend and you are not welcome here!

Mosquitos – Yes, we have mosquitos, Lots n Lots of mosquitos. But they are NOT our friends!

We can’t figure it out, at least not completely.  I mean I understand them being outside, we have lots of greenspace, that requires watering, and of course mosquitos love to breed in the damp dirt.  But in the house – why do we have so many in the house?  We have no plants inside, we have all the rarely used drains covered, the animals water bowl is changed frequently, we have mosquito screening on every opening to the outside….

So why do we have so many in the house – We had rain about a week and a half ago, and that explains the outside bloom, or boom of mosquitos.  The little eggies have just been lying there in the dirt waiting for some moisture to spring them in to action; did you know some mosquitos go from egg to adult in 5 days, while others can take up to 40?

Tom and I have both had dengue – we DO NOT want it again.  although I suspect we’ve each had a very mild dengue experience since then but refused to call it that.

We want a mosquito free zone .  We want the little buggers gone!

and oh what we will do, are doing, to try toget rid of them –

we burn coils

we have toxic spays that we spay around and under furniture and in the dark recess where mosquitos like to hide

we have herbal non toxic sprays that we use on ourselves 

we use flyswatters

we smack, and we smack and they still come back

we have plugins with little chem soaked pads that repel the mosquitos

I’ve planted neem trees, lemongrass, rosemary,  and oregano.  I take extra B vitamin supplements and lace our food with nutritional yeast

we have a bug zappers for outside – which I do not like to use because the geckos get zapped, and they really smell bad when they get electrified.

we have a no-squito that we run every night all night in the bedroom

And then there are Tom’s personal favorite – the Mata Mosca!

These little electrified rackets that zap the mosquitos, electrify and frying them.  Tom LOVES the sound of dzit, dzit, dzit, the more repitions and the faster they come togetget the better he likes it.  He has a night time routine now, he has the zapper in one hand, the flashlight in the other – he goes aound all the windows and where the mosquitos are against the screens he jst lets them have it, he goes into the corners, dzit, dzit, dzit.

He has had 3.  Two of them are dying, they will no longer hold a charge.  These little babies are rechargeable.

Anyway, so yesterday as I was walking about in Downtown I saw mata mosca rackets. Normally we buy these in the Chinese restaurants, or on street corners.  So in I go – Yang & Yang Importaciones, calle 65 x 54 #466B, Centro, Merida – I got 2 new raquetes de mata mosca, one with the racket part having blue light illumination (blue lights apparently attract mosquitos, much like the phrase ‘Blue Light Special’ will draw bargain hunters!), and the other with a flashlight in the handle.

Tom is now well armed to defend the castle!
Mosquitos, you are not my friends and you are not welcome here!


About Debi in Merida

I moved from Colorado Springs, Colorado USA to Merida, Yucatan, MX in January 2006. I love to read, garden, travel, and hang out with friends.
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10 Responses to you are not my friend and you are not welcome here!

  1. I don't know of anyone using one of these units, don't even know if they are available here!

  2. hmmmmmmm, Rum, That's a mosquito repellent I think Tom will try! Thanks for the tip!

  3. Has anyone tried one of those propane run mosquito units? I here they are expensive up front, but run for about a month on a single tank. They draw the mosquitos in by emitting some enzyme that is in the breath of humans, which supposedly attracts them. They cover huge areas like an entire yard. I've only heard about this, so don't know if they are even available in Mexico. I will try to find out more. I'm of the mind that if it would prevent even one case of dengue, it would be worth the cost.

  4. Sara and Ty says:

    Sara buys that Raid spray 6 cans at a time. Mosquitos love her but they don't bother me at all, must be the rum I consume. At least, thats what I tell her!

  5. oh, that will be nice – no mosquitos, no toxic spray….
    have a great trip!

  6. the mata mosca won't help if you are asleep – go to home depot get a nosquito till you can get that screen repaired!

  7. Notes! This is WAR, we spray, squish, electrocute, and try to make their lives miserable!

  8. Steve Cotton says:

    I am looking forward to days at sea just to get away from the blasted mosquitoes.

  9. Nancy says:

    It has been like that here at our casa as well and to top it off we lost our screen over the courtyard during the bad storm! That was our nighttime defense as none of the doors from the house into the courtyard have screens!! I'm sleeping with the mata mosca racket which just thrills B!

  10. I'm sure your note to them will do the trick.
    Now they know you prefer that they don't live at your house. I hope they resd English

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