Broken Mosquito Coil Pieces

IMPORTANT WARNING - HEALTH HAZARD

It has just come to my notice, 19 May 2014, that a potential health hazard exists in using certain types of mosquito coils. The following links can explain this issue and they are recommended reading, before you look further at my Hub.


The broken coil, the tin-plate bracket, a clothes peg and a piece of aluminum foil.
The broken coil, the tin-plate bracket, a clothes peg and a piece of aluminum foil.

Introduction

I would like to coin a phrase: Clothes Peg Technology. This implies that we can use commonly found bits and pieces to do a job which at first glance presents a problem.

You will see from the photos that I have done just that: find a convenient and safe way of using those little bits of mosquito coil which are broken... so you can't fix them onto the tin plate device provided in the box.

 Foil is carefully wrapped around each jaw of the clothes peg, so that the wood (or plastic) does not get burned.
Foil is carefully wrapped around each jaw of the clothes peg, so that the wood (or plastic) does not get burned.
Re-bend the tin plate holder so it will grip the clothes peg lightly.  Then fit the peg into the holder.
Re-bend the tin plate holder so it will grip the clothes peg lightly. Then fit the peg into the holder.
Place the piece of coil between the jaws of the clothes peg, make sure the whole contraption balances well, i.e., it does not tilt forward.
Place the piece of coil between the jaws of the clothes peg, make sure the whole contraption balances well, i.e., it does not tilt forward.
Light the piece with a match and "Hey Presto!"
Light the piece with a match and "Hey Presto!"

Less throwaways, less mosquito bites - hopefully!

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Comments 18 comments

Hubert Williams 4 years ago

Very good suggestion. We also wind up with broken mosquito here in the Philippines. This idea will save the waste. Thanks


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jonnycomelately 4 years ago from Tasmania Author

Great news, Hubert, thanks for letting me know. It's so exciting sharing this sort of info. which costs us nothing yet can provide such benefits.


Hubert Williams 4 years ago

I'm am totally anti-mosquito and will try almost anything to rid my life of them. Thanks.


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MobyWho 4 years ago from Burlington VT

Johnny - yours is a sign of true genius sparked by a delving imagination. Dream on and continue to share your inventions.


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jonnycomelately 4 years ago from Tasmania Author

Luv yah, Moby!


Alex from Russia 4 years ago

Hello, Alan! Remember the guy from Russia you've met in Cuba? Yes its me! :) There tooooooooooooo many mosquito in Russian forest =) There is no technology like you have created =))) We shoot in mosquito from shotguns =)))))) Speaking serious you are good inventor! Keep going!!!


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jonnycomelately 4 years ago from Tasmania Author

Alex, welcome my friend. Thank you for your kind comments. I designed that little device while I was in Haiti. Did you manage to visit there? It is so nice to hear from you and I hope you and your family are well.

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sujithbeta 4 years ago from Kerala, India

Valuable hub. Thanks for sharing this useful hub to fight against mosquitoes. You have clearly defined this hub with correct pictures which is easy to understand. Continue posting useful hubs like this in the future.


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jonnycomelately 4 years ago from Tasmania Author

sujithbeta, thank you for your kind comments.

We hear of much anguish and concern about the "global warming," and the potential for our world to change out of all recognition. We hear of blame; fear; negativity. How often do we hear of innovation? Are there skills which we can learn from "old ways," and new skills which arise out of current problem solving? I think there are. If there are others who would like to share with me, we could start a new Hub together and maybe achieve great advances. Just with simple things, not sophisticated technology, although that has a place too.


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

A great idea. I seems those little coils are always getting broken. Will have to do this the next time I run across a broken skeeter coil. :)


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Very interesting and innovative. I needn't be worrying what to do with those broken coils. I know how to fix them thanks to you.

Up, useful and interesting.


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jonnycomelately 3 years ago from Tasmania Author

I should have used a coil tonight..... It's a warm night, the sort of temperature which makes you roll back the bedclothes, and have your hand out on top.

I woke up with an intense itching - that most sensitive place, the webbing between your fingers!

Also, in the small of my back.... obviously when I had been lying on my side, a mosquito had taken the golden opportunity! And I could not scratch it there! Not by reaching my hand over my shoulder, or by twisting and contorting so my hand came up from the other direction.

I got up out of bed and switched on the light. When my eyes had adjusted, and the light had grown in brightness, suddenly there she was - Mother Mosquito, sitting on the wall, just above my pillow, digesting her very last meal of MY blood!

Carefully, quietly, so as not to cause an air movement and disturb her, I picked up the newspaper, folded it, and hit her, SMACK!

The newspaper was smeared right across with my blood, and my itching immediately felt so much better....... it's now 2.00am, time for bed again, if I can resist the temptation to read the latest posts in another Hub.


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bhupee24 3 years ago from Indore

great idea sir..!! i am new on hubpages..nice to see good stuffs !


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jonnycomelately 3 years ago from Tasmania Author

Thank you Bhupee24, and may I say Welcome to HubPages. I hope you find lots of interest and inspiration here.


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Crochead 2 years ago from Cairns, Queensland, Australia

Awesome John, I live in the tropics of Australia and mozzies are an everyday problem. We burn coils morning and evening throughout most of the year. Dengue Fever is an annual problem in the area, this lead my father to the invention of the Crochead Coil Holder. Burning mosquito-coils is the most cost effective and popular ways of deterring mozzie bites.

It’s the way we burn mozzie coils that needs changing, this is an impossibly simple change that will become an instant classic. It is the unparalleled Crochead Mosquito Coil Holder.

Use one and you’ll see what everyone is talking about!!

Impossibly simple, it just is!!

It’s the law of nature – the mightiest will lead.

The MIGHTY CROCHEAD - Proudly made in Australia. www.crochead.com.au


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jonnycomelately 2 years ago from Tasmania Author

Great thinking! Well done.

Mine will serve those in places like India ( from where I am writing ) who can only manage the clothes peg technology.


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peachpurple 20 months ago from Home Sweet Home

hey that is a brilliant idea! But using mosquito coil isn't a good idea too, too much chemical burning


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jonnycomelately 20 months ago from Tasmania Author

Thank you Peachpurple.

Have you checked out the Websites mentioned at the beginning of my hub? Purchase of a good mosquito net for sleeping under and fly swat, is a good idea also.

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