The weather is warming up, guys, and you know what that means. Mosquito season is here.
You could be sitting there reading or watching TV for hours with no problems, but as soon as you go to your room, get into bed and try to fall asleep, you hear it. The high-pitched buzzing starts out faint but gradually gets closer until it’s right in your ear. You swat it away and turn on your lamp, but it’s too late. You’ve been bitten by a smooth mosquito. Here’s how you find the bastard.
The flashlight hunting method
- Grab a flashlight and turn off all the lights if they’re not already off.
- Turn on a single, small light source — a lamp, phone, tablet. Keep your flashlight off for now.
- Roam the room slowly and listen for the buzzing. After a few minutes, the mosquito will likely make its way toward the light source and land on the wall nearby.
- Turn on your flashlight and hold it flat against the wall, then move the beam along the wall.
- Eventually, the light will hit the mosquito and create a large shadow so you can find it and smash it.
The technology mosquito trap
The other method I came across, which we’ll call the “technology trap method,” involves a tablet or phone. You don’t even have to get out of bed to do it. Here’s how it works:
- You lay in bed on your back and place your tablet or phone on your chest with the screen on and set to be very bright (tablets work best here).
- If you have light-coloured or white sheets, bend your knees and poke them up, so the sheet is visible when looking straight ahead. This will make the mosquito more visible. Think of your tablet as the stage and your propped-up sheets as the backdrop.
- Now take big deep breaths and exhale in the direction of the tablet on your chest. The carbon dioxide from your breath, in addition to the light, will draw the mosquito in.
- Play the waiting game. The mosquito will make its way to you, and might even land right on the tablet. Smash away. (Don’t smash the tablet.)
If the worst should happen and you end up with a bite from one of these suckers, don’t panic! There are ways you can treat that unbearable itch so many of us know so well.
In my very serious internet search on this topic, there are a few remedies that have popped up a number of times.
First up? Hitting that bad boy with some ice. As you can probably deduce, an ice pack or bag of frozen peas will numb the bite. This will cause the itching to, well… chill out. Prevention Mag spoke with Jonathan Day, Ph.D., a mosquito researcher who also pointed to alcohol wipes, aloe vera gel and baking soda in addition to your standard calamine lotion, antihistamines or hydrocortisone cream.
Here’s hoping these stealthy mosquito vanquishing tips do the trick, however, and you never need those treatments again!
This story has been updated since its original publication.
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