Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Camphor cure for Mantri's mosquito menace

Call it coincidence or telepathy. A day after some of us, evening walkers at Mantri's, exchanged notes on how to cope with mosquito menace, I got a mail from Mr Kishore Kumar (B-407) suggesting a mosquito repellent - camphor."We have tested it in our master bedroom for an entire month," says Mr Kumar who moved into Mantri Synergy six weeks back.
I am sure my evening-walk friends and several others would read what Mr Kishore Kumar has to say. "We have two little kids, right from Day One (at Mantri's) we have been facing the mosquito bite and the kids were not able to sleep at night properly; we tried all methods like mosquito spray, liquid machine & electric bat but nothing worked", says Mr Kishore Kumar.
He adds: "At last after a deep search in google we found a way to overcome this problem, and also tested the method in our master bed room for an entire month and it’s very effective. Nowadays we rarely catch a mosquito with electric bat".
My friend Srikanth who lives on the 12th floor says, before he moved into Mantri Synergy,he was given to understand that mosquitoes can't reach us on higher residential floors.My Google research told me mosquitoes can't rise above 25 ft. Apparently, the Google talks of American mosquito. Ours are smarter. Mr Srikanth and I can vouch for the fact that Indian mosquito, notably, those in Chennai, can scale much higher heights than their American brethren.
If you Google 'mosquito repellent', you get no less than 978 products. Mr Kishore Kumar, citing an article on medicinal values of camphor, suggests the following:
1.Place two tablets of commercially available camphor on any warm surface - the device on which is used for blue tablet type repellent serves the purpose well. Plug it for an hour and see the results! You can do it twice a day- morning and in the night as well!
2.Place two tablets each on different corners of the room or at places where mosquitoes seem to stay! Leave them there and they will evaporate in a day or so keeping the air mosquito free.
3.Fill water in a bowl or saucer with water. Drop two tablets of Camphor into the water. And Keep the cup in your room. The size of the vessel and camphor used may depend on the room-size. Water evaporates at normal temperature. Camphor slowly starts dissolving in water. The water evaporates with Camphor smell.Adding little bit hot water gives instant action.

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