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  1. Parrothead

    Ranger Scout Mosquito Sticks

    Enemy Number 1 in almost every country around the world, the mosquito: These little pests don't land on me, much less bite me. Fortunately, this prevents me from ever contracting any mosquito-borne diseases (Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever, Japanese Encephalitis, West Nile Virus, Yellow Fever, etc.). Unfortunately, this does not apply to those whom I love and care about. Most people I know, in fact, tend to get eaten up by mosquitoes. Anyway, during my years in the Philippines, we primarily used what we called "Lion-Tiger" for mosquito control. That was the brand name for mosquito coils, basically the same type of coils used here in Cambodia. These typically burn for about 8 hours and come 10 to a box. The cost is 2,500r (~$.625¢) per box. However, recently, Chan introduced me to Ranger Scout Low Smoke Mosquito Sticks. They come 30 pieces per box, and at the same cost of the coils, 2500r (~$.625¢). As you can see, the mosquito sticks look almost identical to incense sticks. They burn similarly as well. However, I have not verified the burn time of an individual stick. I would hazard a guess at 20 minutes? One thing I do like about them is, they kill mosquitoes instantly, upon contact. As soon as the mosquito flies near, or through the smoke, they drop faster than WWII Japanese planes at the battle of Midway. I have never seen mosquito coils killing them that quickly. We place one of these sticks in the bathroom prior to shower time. By the time we are ready to shower, the bathroom is mosquito-free. There are tons of little mosquito carcasses all over the floor, and not one flying. I have never witnessed mosquitoes dying faster in my life, aside from seeing chemical sprays used to eliminate them from a given area. Here at the farm, I discourage using liquid chemicals as much as possible. So, sprays are definitely out of the question. These seem to be the next best option. Anyway, I figured I would share this with those in country, who may have problems with mosquitoes. CAUTION: As always, use caution when burning any mosquito coils or sticks. They should only be used in well ventilated areas. If you burn them in an enclosed area, make sure you open it up and let plenty of fresh air flow through, prior to inhabiting the space.
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