How can I con­quer mos­qui­toes this year?

Men's Health (South Africa) - - THE EXCHANGE - Thomas, Amanz­im­toti

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.

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