can we avoid mosquitoes?
A stinging gnat or fly. In Greek it is
As with all warm humid places around the Mediterranean, at certain times of
the year mosquitoes can be a nuisance, and some people are more affected by
them than others. Only female mosquitoes bite! - No comment from me about
Lesson 1: Lets avoid them!
So, lets not let them spoil
your holiday. If you take all our advice on
precautions then you can eliminate or minimize their nuisance value.
With a little forethought and planning they can be avoided, some methods are more effective than others
- find the one that works for you.
Bring with you a good anti
mosquito skin application, lotion, roll on,
whatever. Autan, Jungle Juice, Johnsons “off”, Tea
Tree Oil and Citronella - all
are effective. Tesco's produce a good after sun lotion with an insect
repellant in it. Cover yourself all over with it as part of your post shower
routine. I tend to prefer the pump spray
ones, being a bit greener and doing away with the expellant gas.
Before going out in the
your repellent to your skin - especially arms,
legs and ankles. If you are a particular 'target' then liberally spray your
clothing as well.
To prevent them getting into your room at night, before leaving,
use one of the little plug in things available from
all the local supermarkets,
you will need one for each bedroom. They either
come with a jar of fluid which you leave plugged in 24 hours a day, which
should last for the whole holiday, or a small unit which has a hot pad on it,
where you put a new tablet each evening. For this one you buy a box of
tablets separately (it is in fact a piece of impregnated card). It seems to
be personal preference as to which is best - I prefer the
fluid ones as we always forget to replace the little pads.
At night when your lights are
off, make sure you leave a window open (you can keep the shutters closed). DO NOT
sleep with your windows closed. The mosquitoes do not like
the aroma produced by the machines.
This will let the mosquitoes escape. Contrary to popular belief, the plug in
things repel them not kill them. You don't want an unhappy family of
mosquitoes trapped in your room for the night! (We cannot
smell it though.) We recommend sleeping with windows
open but shutters closed.
Lesson 2: Antidote!
Should none of the above not work and
you do get
bitten, have an
antidote handy! They are available in the local mini-markets
or pharmacies and in the UK from chemists or at
the airport departure shops. I swear by Wasp Ease- which
as its names suggests is also used for wasp stings.
Lesson 3: Turn the lights off!
When sitting on
your balcony during the early evening, do not leave
the house open and lights on unless you enjoy extra
company! Mosquitoes are attracted to the lights. Also
purchase some of the 'Spira' burny things. These are lit and placed on top of
an empty bottle. They will smoulder for about 8 hours and the smoke disperses
mosquitoes and any other bugs. At Taverna Agni, we light several of these
each evening and place them around the tables.
Thanks to Bob and Wendy our Greek correspondents from Lafki
for helping with the 'Mosquito report'
- Happy holidays.
Anything Else to Worry about?
The only other rare nasties are snakes and scorpions.
Please do not be alarmed about this! All Mediterranean
countries have them. It is unlikely that you will come
across them, as they prefer living under damp cool rocks
- away from the hot summer sun. Make sure though you
keep inquisitive young children from unearthing them!