I am a 71 kg piece of mosquito bait.
The mosquitos in Thailand are OFF THE HOOK down
here in Surat Thani. I’m not sure how they’re getting
in the house, except that by now they must be
breeding under the couch and in that dark room that
we never have the light on.
Living in the northeast (Isaan) we experienced some level of mosquitos that I thought was HIGH.
I lived in Florida for a number of years and we have mosquitos, but they are BIG. We can see them. We can control them for the most part because they are so big and easily seen.
Here in Thailand we have the citronella coils that we light – but they don’t work here. In Florida they work pretty well. We have torches in Florida
too – that work well.
We have mosquito lotion that we rub in and the mosquitos don’t bite us… here they bite me THROUGH my shirt if there is lotion on my arm.
Are their suck-tubes that long that they can go through my shirt AND pierce my skin through the 3rd layer to reach blood?
That’s amazing, because they are so small!
In Florida you FEEL the mosquito as it’s biting sometimes. Here – never. In Thailand I only feel the after-effect, the insane itchiness that doesn’t last all that long but that drives me farking insane for a few minutes especially
when they get me on the tops of the feet or between the toes.
There are some mother-mutant mosquitos around the house here too. I’ve caught a couple on video.
These are like UFO mother-ships that spit out hordes of babies every few hours.
I kill those immediately sparing no effort.
The greatest tool we have in Thailand for controlling the population of mosquitos indoors are these mosquito racquets. These have an electrified wire grid that is great fun to use – and I never tire of the rush of hearing (and smelling) a mosquito sizzling on it.
The mother-mutants are not easily killed with these racquets though. Two days ago I zapped one in the outside restroom. I got it about 3 times leaving it for dead.
My girlfriend told me that night that she found it laying on the floor in the restroom still alive and she tried to nurse it back to health!
WHAT IS SHE THINKING?
*E#*)#()$*%! I said…
“But Buddhism says we shouldn’t kill something.”
Mai pen rai, krup I mumbled…
With large bugs she has a problem with killing them, or me killing them even… but with small mosquitos,Â no problem!
Here’s a video of her using the racquet!
The notecard above shows the times of day that you’re likely to get bitten by a mosquito in Thailand.
If you are walking in the woods outside though, you will get bitten anytime of day or night. They love the cool shade, and this is where I was bitten yesterday as I walked around Suan Mokkh Temple in Chaiya.
I had a couple bites on my head where I didn’t apply the lotion so thick, and the rest on my back where they bit through my shirt!
:( Cover up and lather up with the repellant. I’ve had one friend get Dengue fever here and seen another kid or two at school get it. (They’re never really sure if it’s dengue for some reason).
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