Love That Mosquito Net

Thomas Checking Out Net

Tony snapped this alien-looking photo of me checking out the inside of my mosquito net. There’s nothing worse than a trapped mosquito that goes berserk in the middle of the night – but, luckily, that’s the exception.

I’m surprised to see how many people travel without one of those handy nets. Malaria risk aside, I couldn’t even attempt to sleep with those little suckers buzzing around my ears. We almost always use mosquito nets, especially if there’s a chance of hungry mosquitoes hiding somewhere. Travelers ask us all the time how we attach our nets in an almost barren room. Admittedly, it’s a bit tricky especially with a square net, but with the right equipment, we’ve always managed. All we are using is string and clothes pins. If there’s no head board, curtain rod, door knob or window handle to attach the net, we use an extended walking pole propped up in a corner. There’s always a way, you just have to be a little creative.

The one thing we regret not doing is soaking the net in permethrin, a repellent that keeps mosquitoes from sitting on the net. Why bother? Because Tony is taller than the average Asian bed, his feet always push up against his net at night – unfortunately, the ideal mosquito bait.

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