Do you know the sheet’s trick to keep mosquitoes away?

THE ESSENTIAL

  • Three mosquito species are most common in France: Aedes, Culex and Anopheles.
  • The tiger mosquito can be recognized by the black and white stripes it carries.
  • It has been present on French territory since 2004.

A painless bite, a protruding button and annoying itching: mosquitoes are difficult to escape. To prevent them from biting us, we must take some precautions: long loose clothing, closing the windows when we turn on the lights at night, or using repellents. But to spend a quiet summer without mosquito bites there is another solution, simple and economical.

Attract mosquitoes to catch them better

You will need a sheet of A4 paper, 75 grams of sugar, 3 tablespoons of honey, water and three strings. First you need to make a syrup by boiling the water, honey and sugar over low heat for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, cut the tin lengthwise into three strips. Then brush each of these strips with the honey-sugar-water mixture. Using scissors or a toothpick, make a small hole in the top of each of the strips to thread the piece of string through. Then all you have to do is hang these strips near the windows. The sugar also attracts mosquitoes and flies and they stick together.

How important it is to protect yourself from mosquitoes

If the bites are uncomfortable, protection from mosquitoes is primarily a way to maintain your health. Some types can spread viruses that cause infections difficult. mosquitoes Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus, also called tiger mosquito, transmit chikungunya, Zika virus, dengue fever, yellow fever, yellow encephalitis or Nile fever. In some areas these diseases are endemic. In this case, additional protective measures are required. L’Assurance Maladie recommends wearing light, covering clothing such as long-sleeved tops and pants with closed-toe shoes and treating exposed parts with skin repellant. A mosquito net should also be installed in the bedroom.

Elimination “at the source”

Not all mosquitoes bite: only females do. “The sting occurs after mating, once the female has been fertilizedsays ANSES. The blood drawn during the bite provides a source of protein to allow the eggs to develop. But these insects also feed on the nectar of flowers. Laying is done in places where there is water, such as gutters, vases, full watering cans, etc. To protect yourself, you must also act at the source and eliminate any standing water present in the gardens.

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