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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