My Mosquito Net: Preventing Malaria, Zika, and West Nile Virus
Warmer Weather Increases Mosquito Population
As a result of hotter weather, deforestation, and the increasing ease with which people can travel all over the world, mosquitos are breeding more and spreading further. Diseases carried by mozzies are not to be fooled with. We all need protection.
A while ago, my sister gifted me with a mosquito net. I have to tell you that I will never sleep without a mosquito net again. In the land of the mozzies, there is no better solution than an inexpensive, pretty, and highly functional piece of soft tulle that prevents insect life from biting you and leaving you either with horrible, red itchy bumps, or some dreaded disease like Malaria, Zika, or West Nile Virus.
Other Solutions to Mosquito Bites
Yes, of course, you can burn a citronella candle. I did that. I also bought citronella essential essence, and my room reeked of it. Sorry, the mozzies still bit the living daylights out of me.
Yes, I did try cedar wood. I dampened it to make sure that its pungent fragrance would reach all corners of my room. Certainly, it smelled divine. But did the mosquitos disappear? Not even close. I still woke up in the morning in a bumpy and lumpy red.
Whether it was drinking apple cider vinegar, eating garlic before I went to bed, covering everything with lavender oil, or rubbing neem oil into my skin, I still got bitten.
Mosquitoes kill more people than any other animal/insect
Commercial Mosquito Sprays and Electronic Dispersers
I’ll confess that I didn’t use these. That’s because I don’t’ want to breathe in chemicals. In fact, both the citronella and the neem oil did something unpleasant to my nostrils.
Increasing Number of Mosquitos
Mozzies carry quite a large number of diseases, and one in ten people get infected every year. As a result of the increasingly hot weather, mosquitos are increasing in number and spreading to places where they didn’t live before.
About one million people die of a mosquito borne disease each year. If they don’t die, they may live the rest of their lives with some detrimental side effect like extreme fatigue from malaria or a deformed baby from Zika virus.
While some of these diseases are well known like malaria and others have being in the news quite frequently lately – like West Nile fever and Zika fever- there are many more. These include dengue fever, chikungunya, yellow fever, filariasis, Japanese encephalitis, Saint Louis encephalitis, Western equine encephalitis, Eastern equine encephalitis, Venezuelan equine encephalitis, and La Crosse encephalitis.
To be slightly off topic, if you eat papaya, eat a few of the pips (about a teaspoon) if you ever get Dengue Fever. It works.
While a one in ten chance (annually) of getting a mosquito borne disease means that the greater odds are that you won’t get one, it does mean that over a ten year period, you will probably be infected by a mosquito – especially if you are living in a reasonably hot area.
Why Mosquito Nets are the Best Solution
Okay, I have to admit I’m totally converted. I have only had one incident –with a pesky Christmas beetle that kept climbing up the net! I no longer wake up with mosquito bites. In fact, life has been so serene that I thought perhaps there weren’t any of these insects about so I didn’t sleep with the net one night, and I promptly woke up the following morning like a red polka dotted blob.
The fragrance secreted by various supposedly protective either eventually dies during the night or it’s just as bad for you to breathe that potion in as it is for the mosquito.
A mosquito net simply prevents the mosquito from reaching you even if it is in your room. It’s that simple.
About Mosquito Nets
Mine is very simple. It is attached to the roof above my bed and hangs down over my bed. It has one opening through which I climb into bed every night, and can be closed by the simple expedient of tying two ribbons together. It doesn’t block being able to see one’s surroundings, as it is extremely thin.
In the end, it really doesn’t matter what type you buy, as they all work the same way. My sister’s net is prettier than my own in that it has lace near the circle at the top, whereas mine is plain. The main thing, however, is keeping mozzies away from you and ensuring that you don’t get bitten and possibly get a disease.
Do you live in an area where there are mosquitoes?
As you can see from my photos, this is the net I have around my bed. It works like a dream. It is very light, easy to attach to the roof (just hang it from a hook), and it looks so pretty around my bed. I have not been bitten once since I've put up this net and I will never sleep without a mosquito net again!
Gifting a Mosquito Net is an Act of Love
I know that favourite gifts are electronic, but until one loses one’s health, one is never really aware of how vital it is to a happy life. If you’re going to gift someone for the holidays, mosquito nets are incredibly inexpensive, and you’re not only protecting them, but you’re contributing to keeping down massive health costs for future treatment. I sincerely believe that it's time that mosquito nets become a mandatory health requirement.