How can blind people kill mosquitoes? (I've asked blind people about this, and most of what I got was "You mean there are sighted people who can kill mosquitoes?")

Mosquitoes are quite populous where I live, and while I don't expect them to give me any horrible diseases, they are a nuissance at best. There are the obvious first lines of defense--minimize their opportunities to enter, eliminate standing water and excess vegetation, encourage bats to hang out nearby, various plants/candles/technology whose efficacy is questionable--but for now all of those are out of my hands, and the indoor mosquito population seems to be on the rise. Someone suggested that fabric softeners make decent mosquito repellant--perhaps the only technique I can actually try for myself, though I still haven't had a chance to try and get my hands on a fabric softener since then.

I generally think people are too hard on most arthropods. Especially bees and spiders. But mosquitoes? If I could summon a legion of bats to do battle with the vampiric swarms, I'd still question whether it'd be enough.

But if I can stop them from attacking me once they're past all the outer defenses, that'd be spectacular. (Of course, I'd gladly buy and erect bat houses given the opportunity.)

Some suggestions from a friend of mine-- fans, especially ceiling fans, make it hard for mosquitoes to fly. Also, make sure there isn't standing water in the house for two or three days at a time-- this can happen with saucers under potted plants or dishes left in a sink.

More "Stupid" Questions

by NancyLebovitz 1 min read31st Jul 2013498 comments


This is a thread where people can ask questions that they would ordinarily feel embarrassed for not knowing the answer to. The previous "stupid" questions thread went to over 800 comments in two and a half weeks, so I think it's time for a new one.