Not a very nice subject but it has to be covered because you are very likely to bump into them on the Island of Zakynthos.
The SAS of the insect world, at Night the mosquito sneaks up on its pray and before you know it you've been attacked
while you sleep and in the morning they are nowhere to be found.
I would like to get rid of a few myth's first.
1. Myth: Both male and female mosquitoes bite.
Fact:- Only the female mosquito bites. She uses the protein from the blood she takes to develop her eggs,
So every bite has the potential to launch upto 400 more mosquitoes into the environment two weeks later!
The male mosquito feeds on nectar from flowers.
2. Myth: The mosquito dies after she takes a blood meal.
Fact:- Mosquito's are capable of biting more than once. After the female mosquito takes a blood meal she completes the development of her eggs and may deposit
up to 400 eggs. She may then seek another blood meal.
3. Myth: Bats are very effective at controlling mosquito populations.
Fact:- Bats are indiscriminate feeders and will eat any sort of insect that flies by. They don't concentrate on mosquitoes and very rarely have any substantial effect on the
The mosquito is a common flying insect that is found around the world. There are about 2,800 different species of mosquitoes. Mosquitoes can fly about 1 to 1.5 miles per hour (1,6-2,4 km/hour).
Like all insects, the mosquito has a body divided into three parts (head, thorax, and abdomen), a hard exoskeleton, and six long, jointed legs. Mosquitoes also have a pair of veined wings. They have a straw-like proboscis and can only eat liquids.
Mosquito's go through four distinct stages of development during a lifetime, they undergo a complete metamorphosis; The four stages are egg, pupa, larva, and adult. The full life-cycle of a mosquito takes about a month. After drinking blood, adult females lay a raft of 50 to 400 tiny white eggs in standing water or very slow-moving water.
Within a week, the eggs hatch into larvae (sometimes called "wrigglers") that breathe air through tubes which they poke above the surface of the water. Larvae eat bits of floating organic matter and each other. Larvae molt four times as they grow; after the fourth molt, they are called "pupae".
Pupae (also called "tumblers") also live near the surface of the water, breathing through two horn-like tubes (called siphons) on their back. Pupae don't eat.
An adult mosquito emerges from a pupa when the skin splits after a couple of days. The adult lives for a few weeks.
* Only the female bites to obtain a blood meal and that the male feeds on plant juices. (That reminds me of Human Life)
* Mosquitoes can fly about 1 to 1.5 miles per hour (1,6-2,4 km/hour) ( If your bed can move around your apartment at 2.0 mph you should be safe albeit a bit Dizzy )
* Most mosquitoes remain within 1 mile of their breeding site. A few species may range up to 20 miles. ( Find where they live and stay 21 miles away )
* Mosquito is Spanish for "little fly". (Why did they not stay in Spain ?)
* To Humans, mosquitoes are a nuisance and a health hazard. ( How many times have you bashed your shin trying to swat them ?)
Mozzie's at work !!!!
Which Mosquito Repellents Work Best ?
There are a wide variety of insect repellent products are available both here in the UK and abroad, Products containing these active ingredients typically provide
longer-lasting protection than others:
• DEET (N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide)
• Picaridin (KBR 3023)
Also Oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-menthane 3,8-diol (PMD)], a plant based repellent works very well.
Citronella candles, mosquito coils, campfires and incense will only work effectively in the range of their smoke reach.
Therefore they can rid an area of mosquitoes to a certain degree, but they won't prevent bites from the most stubborn of blood-suckers who will still find there way to you around the smoke.
Citronella candles and mosquito coils are also ineffective mosquito deterrents in strong winds.
Natural oils such as lemongrass, citronella and eucalyptus oil can also be worn to ward off mosquitoes.
Plug in deterrent. mosquito coil. Liquid Plug-in.
(Mosquito coil NOT for indoor use)
All the supermarkets and mini-markets in all locations of Corfu stock a wide range of mosquito repellents ranging from pump sprays to aerosols, Roll on and mosquito coils which you light one end and let it burn slowly around the coil, electrical units which use tablets (impregnated card) inserted onto a hot pad or the type which come with a liquid jar, you could also try wrist bands or even marmite yes i said marmite not to rub on your body but to eat in the mornings, There’s anecdotal evidence that eating vitamin B-rich Marmite helps — insects don’t like the taste of the thiamine (vitamin B1) that’s excreted when you sweat.
Quest Vitamin Multi B Complex is a good alternative but at the end of the day It's entirely up to whatever you find suits you best as everyone will have there personal preference.
My wife Andrea and myself tend to use Autan spray (other named brands are available) for the evening and for our daughters Abigail and Isabelle we use Avon's
( other brands are available) After Sun with Insect Repellent, we have found this to be fantastic for them as they have Never been bit!, we also use two plug-in unit's in each room, we have just changed to the Liquid plug-in type because you do tend to forget to change the little tablet after a good Greek night or a few to many ouzo's.
The good thing with the liquid plug-in is that you can leave it plugged in 24/7, one thing I will add is if you spray yourself all over with Autan or another brand like we do before you go out make sure you spray on the balcony not in the apartment as the spray on the smooth tiles will make you slip, slide and dance like Michael Jackson so you have been warned!
Another thing is if you sit out on your balcony of an evening do not leave the doors open with the lights on in your room as this is an open invitation for our little friends,
you could light a mosquito coil which would smoulder for around 6 to 8 hours which should disperse the mosquito's and any other bugs.
If you are one of the unlucky one's and you do get bitten, from the same supermarket or mini-market that sold you your spray or plug in unit you will also
be able to purchase a lotion for sting relief, there are a number things that will stop the itching and if all else fails try the local pharmacy as they will more then willing
to give you help and advice.
What's your Tips & Tricks for dealing with the dreaded Mosquito ??
why don't you add your Tips & Tricks to the message boards to help others enjoy there holiday also.