For the last week my life has been made a misery by a single mosquito. I have named it Moby Dick and made killing it my sole goal. Despite a mosquito killing spree in my room, it survived, and hides when there is any sign of light only to emerge as soon as I turn the light off, buzzing around my head and keeping me awake at all hours. It has also given me a bite a full two inches in diameter on my leg; I’m sure it must have sat there all night. They tell me that mosquitos only survive two days, but I’m convinced this one is a mutant with a longer lifespan.
So far my efforts to kill it have consisted of the traditional – hunting around the room with a flipflop in one hand and a bottle of Doom in the other – which failed; he’s a clever little bastard and hid. Then I tried leaving my leg out of the cover as a bait and poising ready to smash down the moment it landed – but it hid until I gave up and tried to sleep, then buzzed around my head, making sleep impossible. Then I tried hiding in the dark with a bottle of Doom in my hand, spraying wildly at the first time of a buzz. But it must be the Rasputin of mosquitoes because it seemed completely untroubled. Lastly, I chased a gekko into my room with a broom. Since there is one there already, I’m hoping they’ll be one male and one female and breed an army of little gekkos to keep my room mosquito-free. But this is something of a long-term solution.
I honestly believe that wiping mosquitoes from the face of the earth would make no difference whatsoever to the wider ecosystem. If anyone has any suggestions for a sleep-deprived mosquito-hater, please post below!
Posted By Laura Gordon
Posted Jun 29th, 2009