THIS ‘GUY’ CAN’T JUST LET ME SLEEP!

It’s Why Am Damn disappointed!

* I wrote this piece at 3 .am after the Incident. I couldn’t just sleep anymore!

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The Last time i read a horror story it went like “The last man on earth sat alone in the silence of the room. He heard footsteps heading his way slowly but steadily….” It was titled ‘The Shortest Horror Story In History’

 

Ok, i wasnt the last man on Earth but rather the only person in the house for that night. I needed to show up earlier the next day and it’s why I retired unusually earlier. I checked the house. Locked the main door. Locked the balcony exit and the backdoor then made it upstairs to the lonely bedroom. The lights were off already. I fumbled with the Locks and left the keys hanging behind the door. Finally I did some routine prayers and hit the Bed.

 

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Inside the blanket was enticing warm. No sooner had I closed my eyes than the sounds began! Am not the coward type. I dint freeze. Dint scrawl inside the blanket. Dint yell hell.Dint sweat either. Ahem! I didn’t even murmur prayers like the Biblical Jonah waiting in the belly of a fish. I gathered enough courage, stretched my left arm reaching for the bed switch. The room lit golden bright. I sat at the bed side and looked around, my eyes settling at the bunch of keys that  were hanging intact behind the bedroom door then the sounds were no more! only the room appeared bigger than usual.

 

Putting off the lights, i covered myself head-toes. I yearned to sleep like al never wake up again but sleep could not just come. Then the sounds came again. This time louder and familiar. Men i needed action and i thought it was real action time! This time around something came to mind, i didn’t fumble with the bed switch. All i did was stretch out both my arms with zeal and slapped in the air with double force. It was thunderous. i felt some liquid between my hands. The poor thing had collapsed in my palms. Yes ad lost the battle but i won the war. Only when i remembered my uncle’s advice that mosquitoes prefer to operate in the dark!

 

But What is It With Mosquitoes?

 

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Mosquitoes are small, midge-like flies  which compose the family  Culicidae. Although a few species are harmless or even useful to humanity, the females of most species are ectoparasites , whose tube-like mouthparts (called a proboscis) pierce the hosts’ skin to suck the blood. The word “mosquito” (formed by mosca and diminutive  ito) is from the Spanish or Portuguese  for “little fly “.Thousands of species  feed on the blood of various kinds of hosts, mainly vertebrates , including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians  and even some kinds of fish . Some mosquitoes also attack invertebrates , mainly arthropods  Though the loss of blood is seldom of any importance to the victim, the saliva of the mosquito often causes an irritating rash that is a serious nuisance. Much more serious though, are the roles of many species of mosquitoes as vectors  of diseases. In passing from host to host, some transmit extremely harmful infections such as malaria, yellow fever, west nile virus and filarias

Mosquitoes are members of a family  of nematocerid flies : the Culicidae (from the Latin culex, genitive  culicis, meaning “midge” or “gnat” Superficially, mosquitoes resemble crane flies  (family Tipulidae ) and chironomid flies (family Chironomidae ). In particular, the females of many species of mosquitoes are blood-eating pests and dangerous vectors of disease , whereas members of the similar-looking Chironomidae and Tipulidae are not. Many species of mosquitoes are not blood eaters and of those that are, many create a “high to low pressure” in the blood to obtain it and do not transmit disease. Also, in the bloodsucking species, only the females suck blood. Furthermore, even among mosquitoes that do carry important diseases, neither all species of mosquitoes, nor all strains of a given species transmit the same kinds of diseases, nor do they all transmit the diseases under the same circumstances; their habits differ. For example, some species attack people in houses, and others prefer to attack people walking in forests. Accordingly, in managing public health, knowing which species, even which strains, of mosquitoes with which one is dealing is important.

Over 3,500 species of mosquitoes have already been described  from various parts of the world. Some mosquitoes that bite humans routinely act as vectors  for a number of infectious diseases affecting millions of people per year. Others that do not routinely bite humans, but are the vectors for animal diseases, may become disastrous agents for zoonosis  of new diseases when their habitats are disturbed, for instance by sudden deforestation.

 

Then What Business do we have with Mosquitoes?

 

I know of a company that manufactures DOOM. Doom is an insecticide that i first learnt of doom via a tv commercial. They say it kills mosquitoes instantly or was it at one knock! Of course there are many more countless brands of insecticides that kill this insect but i have heard of doom ever since i was a toddler. The broad ways makers will put it “ever since your old man had hair on his head, lots of it” and put an afro dorning teenage beside their bread on a towering bill board- that drives back time to the 60’s

 

Mosquito netsare like a basic neccessity in our homes. thanks to the countless concerted anti-malaria campaigns by governments and NGOs, Amref just to mention. I know of football who are paid and or volunteer as anti-Malaria ambassadors across Africa and the world. Many are the times i have signed online petitions From ONE goal urging African leaders to join hands in fighting Malaria. Of late some body care products companies manufacture personal care products that are mosquitoe repellant. Its a story of athousand and one efforts against one small microscopic insect. You can bloody well tell how lethal she is. Shes even formed a business niche of her own. I pen off but comrade dont await my fate! SLEEP UNDER A TREATED MOSQUITOE NET.

 

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15 thoughts on “THIS ‘GUY’ CAN’T JUST LET ME SLEEP!

  1. Once in a great while we get a mosquito in our house here in southwest USA, but not enough of a problem to need a net. I think if I lived where you do I would get a good net.

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    1. Ooh! that’s a nice observation. you guys in Southwest USA are Pretty Lucky. Here In Kenya_Africa Mosquitoes are an issue due to the Tropical climates and the Green vegetation sorrounding us but we alwys advice people to sleep under treated Mosquitoe nets as a prevention measure! Hows Home?

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  2. When I lived in New Orleans, the mosquitos scared the crap out of me. The city sprayed malathion regularly so the mosquitos that lived were larger and they sucked more blood out of you.
    My Latino friends would get huge swollen red spots as big as small tea cup platters after being bitten. I don’t know why they affected them so badly.
    As a child I got mosquito bites but in Upstate New York, mosquitos were smaller. Still I remember being awake half the night itching them and my mother having a fit when she saw them the next morning. I believe she used to put either mud or baking soda mixed with water on them. “To dry them up,” she said. (And pull something out too, I think.)
    I sure hope the campaign to get mosquito nets over every bed in Africa is working. I understand the mosquitos there are deadly.
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    1. That encounter in Orleans compares to the African scenario. Here in Africa Guess because of the tropical climates mosquitoes are something we have had to do with. They come in the night Huge, hungry and ruthless

      Was almost laughing at that Upstate New York experience especially the remedies. Ooh My! what a nice memory

      That campaign is been there ever since i was a toddler but the leaders commitment is very elusive…

      Just checked it out “Secrets $ Lies in El Salvador” Nice work will read soon. Welcome.

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