Let me just say this first: I’m from Minnesota. If there is any state in the US that knows about mosquitoes, it would be Minnesota (ok and pretty much every state in the south-eastern sector.)
But I’ve never dealt with mosquitoes like this.
When I first arrived in Egypt this past summer and we went up to Alexandria and Marsa Matruh I lost entire nights of sleep and half of the enjoyment of my honeymoon to those bastards. They left welts the size of quarters and even half-dollars in some cases all over my body and they would itch for weeks! Not days, weeks! The red marks faded to dark brown and stayed for at least 1-2 months after the initial bite. I was miserable. I made Mr MM miserable about my misery. And I have probably bought enough bottles of Raid mosquito spray to douse a small nation.
Yet they still come.
Summer was absolutely completely awful. I could barely sleep, I would spray Raid until my tongue went numb (thats what inhaling the spray does to me) just in the hopes that I could sleep a full night. The first thing I would do in the morning would be to canvass my house with the bottle in my hand hunting any mosquitoes down and an empty bottle of Raid would leave me huddled on my bed with a blanket around me up to my ears.
Everyone promised that after Ramadan the weather would cool down and the mosquitoes would go away. It cooled down, but they didn’t go away. And then two weeks after that they disappeared. Completely.
I thought I had been delivered! I went for almost three weeks without buying a single can of spray, I slept comfortably through the night and I started to enjoy going outside in the evenings.
But then they came back.
And then they went away.
And now they’re back again.
I’m losing my mind here. Everytime I ask Mr MM when the mosquitoes are going to go away he always tells me “next month.” I just cannot take it anymore.
In our apartment the plug-in mosquito repellent does not work so I am pretty much confined to using the spray no matter how obviously desructive it is to our health. And while we do sleep underneath mosquito netting now many times I will be kept up all night by a number of them that have gotten underneath the netting. Once, in the space of a half hour, I was bit 12 times!
While now that it is winter the number of mosquitoes is reduced dramatically, they are still there and driving me nuts. And I even think that the mosquitoes now are a smaller and harder to see race of them that leave smaller bites.
I’m not sure what else I can do. For now we have a nightly ritual of my putting up the net and then dousing the bed with spray 20 minutes before we lay down to sleep. Its fairly effective, but I just want them to go away.
I hate mosquitoes more than I’ve ever hated anything in my life.