HOW TO LIVE WITH GUADELOUPE MOSQUITOES


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Whatever journalists short on shock value  subjects may write, deseases like dengue or chicungunia kill proportionally far less in the French Antilles than the flu does in Europe or North America. There is no indication that it might be different with Zika

 

Our mosquitoes:

Our mosquito in Guadeloupe, the Aedes-aegypti needs your blood to reproduce.That is why only the female bites.

It is mostly diurnal and active at dusk and dawn.

It localizes its victims by the CO2 they expel, body odors and infra red radiations.

If it bites you it will inject a blood thinner to make its task easier

The itching is nothing but your body allergic reaction against the l'anticoagulant's DNA.

The Aedes-aegypty only reproduces in stagnant water and it takes 6 days for the larvae to become a mosquito. If you empty your flower vases every 5 days you will contribute to the fight against mosquitoes. It does not move more than 100 meters from its birth place by its own means.

In Guadeloupe we say that we have the mosquitoes that we raise.

reconceived ideas

  • Mosquitoes don't like air conditioning. In reality The arctic is the place on earth where there are the most mosquitoes. In Guadeloupe air conditioning will only bother them in the sense that you will be less likely to perspire.
  • Turn off the light...You are attracting mosquitoes!! Wrong!! You may attract a lot of other insects but not our mosquitoes. Adeaes-aegypty likes the dark areas.  It is during dinner that your ankles  will get bitten under the table.

Protect yourself by hiding:

Hide your scent:

  • This is what most anti-mosquito products try to do. Only those containing DEET are really efficient. But their action will not last all night.
  • When you take your shower before going to bed, finish it cool. Hot water will make you sweat
  • Do not keep the clothes you wore during the day near your bed. Impregnated with your sweat they will attract mosquitoes.
  • Keep a fan blowing on you all night. It will dissipate your odours and your CO2 emanations.
  • Use a perfume or a mosquito repulsing spray containing DEET.
  • Leave your dark clothing at home; Mosquitoes love dark colours.  

Attack!!

  • If you must use a spray insecticide target the dark areas like the closet or under the bed.
  • Plug-in insecticide difusers are moderately efficient
  • Keep a mosquito racket at hand to electrocute the radicals 
  • Never burn a mosquito coil inside
  • Good night