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Mozzie madness

Dear Geeky, The backyard mozzies have been taking great pleasure sinking their bity bits into my house guests. By the time my guests slap their skin, the mozzies have done their business, fat with blood.

Now my guests are up in arms, great big welty arms that itch to buggery. They say I should have warned them about my killer mozzies, or at least offered mozzie spray.

I think they’re being soft. I get bitten all the time in the garden yet I don’t make a song and dance about it.

What was the right thing to do?

Geeky says: There are only so many things you can warn house guests about – the leaking tap in the shower, the stiff lock on the side gate, the corner shop closes at 7pm on Mondays.

Do you really have to tell them that in summer, after it rains, mozzies come a-biting? No, they’re adults and have to take some responsibility to live in the world, mozzies and all.

No, rest assured that your duty stops at board and lodging. Everything else is mollycoddling. Unless, that is, you live in a malaria zone, or a dengue fever zone, or an anything-at-all-deadly zone. You don’t do you? Please tell me you don’t.

Image: Culex quinquefasciatus (Wikimedia Commons, CDC/Jim Gathany)

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  1. Mossies can cause irritation, infection and disease (Ross River & Denge for example). I protect my guests, colleagues and myself. If one is anywhere on the Eastern seaboard of Australia, then mossie bites affect you and if the mossies like you, they attack one because they can and do!

    As our climate slowly and imperceptibly perhaps, changes, we get used to our climate be it tropical, sub tropical, temperate, cool or dry. Over 30 years my temperate and eastern seaboard climate location has changed, bringing many more near Wetland mosquitoes (and hungry frog-life), across our suburb.

    … Bron

    March 8, 2014
  2. Posted on behalf of Bron Ramey Flowers: Maybe you and your friends were in Victoria when you hosted a get together, with friends and there were mosquitoes around. I think you were rather negligent at the time.

    In my workplace NSW mid coast and temperate, I get to protect my colleagues and when I go home, my Family and Friends.

    You are quite dopey about the rest of outside Australia urban. And I guess that’s 2014 cool… But … What’s up with you Girl! Mosquitoes bring lots of immune and related endocrine problems. How’d you like your friend going on a really cool holiday to the north coast of NSW and coming back with flu type symptoms.

    Mosquito populations are on the move …. 30 plus varieties of the species and each specific to their own environment. Sorry to burst your ettiquette bubble. Mossies can carry disease and are headed for your state about 2015. So work with basic eradication principles.

    My own horticultural opinion is that most so called natural remedies only work for an outstandingly short period of time being 2 hours.

    Herbs and Plants-, if one crushes, mangles the herb and applies it right across exposed skin. How many plants does one need to buy to consistently do this day after day.

    And also- Putting a lavender, penntyroyal, citronella or native substitute at ones front door is akin to the supersition of shoving a money plant in the opposite corner. Bah Humbug.

    Bron

    March 10, 2014

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