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How To Use A Mosquito Net13th December '10

Types of mosquito nets

If you need to buy a mosquito net then you need to think what it is for and where. There are numerous nets on the market of different sizes, different shapes and with different fixing points. So think of the type of accommodation that that you are staying in and which one is more useful. I prefer the box nets as these can be put up in the most places. They have more points to fix from and fit in most places.

More often than not your accommodation will already have mosquito nets for you, please do check with us as to which of your accommodation provides them and if they are needed. Remember, it might be too hot or dry for mosquitos to survive, such as in the desert in Namibia, or too cold for mosquitos during winter time or at higher elevations.

Sleeping under a mosquito is like being in your own castle with the netting cascading down around you. Not only do they prevent mosquitoes from coming in they also stop other creepy crawlies snuggling up with you.

At times it may seem a bit obvious on how to use a mosquito net but when you are trying to disengage yourself from the clutches of a rogue one, a bit of knowledge is helpful.

Tips to use a mosquito net

1. First make sure that there is nothing inside the net. Either they are arranged as above or tied up above your head in a knot. As a knot it will have prevented anything from crawling into it during the day.
2. Quite often your mosquito nets will be arranged for you when you are at dinner, but if this is not the case make sure that when you untie it there are no friendly bugs in it!
3. Double check there were no holes in the net as this will defeat the object. Tape of any kind is an instant fix – even a plaster!
4. Pull the net taught over your bed and tuck it firmly under the mattress. This prevents the net brushing against your face at night. It is best to do this before supper, because after supper and the superb wines that you’ve consumed, it may make things a little bit more complicated.
5. Spray inside the net with insecticide to kill any rogue insects before going to supper, just to double check there is nothing unwanted sharing your bed with you. This gives time for the smell to dissipate.
6. Make sure that you have your head torch, book and glass of water (and anything else you think you will need during the night) accessible inside the net. This saves thrashing around in the dark if you want to go to the loo in the middle of the night.

You will be surprised how well you sleep  and used to it you get.

Sleep well!

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