The Average-Sized Mosquito in Uruguay

January 12, 2010

Mosquitoes in Uruguay?  Yes, they are here and they are large. We’ve been dealing with mosquitoes for the last week and it never ceases to amaze us how big they are.

Brian was finally able to kill one without demolishing it so we could take a picture of it. The mosquito featured in the picture below isn’t an abnormally big mosquito, just your average run of the mill bloodsucker who was looking for some food.


At night, with it being warm, we leave the windows open to catch a breeze. With the baby on the way and Zoë, we decided to do something so we don’t get eaten at night… Two words, one product: Mosquito Net… it just makes sense.

Does anyone else use a mosquito net or have any other ways they keep the mosquitoes away?

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mvdcanuck January 12, 2010 at 1:37 pm

I just got into MVD on Friday and I also can’t believe the skeeters here. They’re a little trickier than the ones in Canada. Slower, but quieter and stealthier. We bought one of those plug in Raid things with the little blue cartridges. They seem to be working OK and it was definitely worth the few bucks – if even for our mental sanity!

Shirley January 16, 2010 at 4:33 pm

Mvdcanuck, those “Mas” cartridges you mention work wonders. I use a new one every night during the summer and mosquitos are no longer a problem for me. I’m probably cutting a few months (years?) off my life from the toxins, but at this stage it feels like an excellent trade-off. 🙂

P Riehl January 17, 2010 at 10:02 am

Here near the beach, I borrowed a staple gun from a friend and bought plastic window screening. An hour of stapling it outside to the wooden window frames, and securing it to a ‘bar’ door with the ubiquitous zip ties reduced the mosquito population about the same as their opportunities to get in. Still, one or two manage to.
Of course, we own the house so there’s no one to complain about staples. We have a couple friends who use the canopy with success.

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