How can I conquer mosquitoes this year?
Pre-emptive strikes. Your perimeter: 180 metres – most mozzies stay within that radius of their birthplace. They live only about a month, but one female can have 200 to 300 baby biters, so early efforts can thwart future generations. When it starts getting warmer (towards the end of winter), take action: after it rains, flip anything that holds water, says entomologist Elmer Gray. Encourage your neighbours to do the same. Keep gutters clear. If you must spray, use a natural product containing pyrethrin (made from chrysanthemums), such as Biogrow Pyrol (R139, faithful-to-nature. co.za). Skeeters are weak flyers, so a box fan can blow away patio stragglers. (Citronella candles only work in enclosed areas.) As for body armour, use a spray or lotion with DEET, picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus, and wear loose, light-coloured clothing to help hide your heat signature. And try Thermacell’s Radius (R1 795, wantitall.co.za), a device that releases the repellent metofluthrin to create a zone of protection.
WELL, THAT SUCKS Mosquitoes can hibernate over the winter. Be ready when she wakes up.