Mosquito Menace in Madras

The merciless Madras mosquitoes

However one remembers Chennai (erstwhile Madras), by the magnificent Marina Beach, or the marvellous Mamallapuram, there would be no one who would not vouch for the menace by the Madras mosquitoes. My! My! What an invasion by the murderous mosquitoes into every household!! They are everywhere, in mansions and mud huts alike. No one is able to come to terms with the mosquito menace. There is no one to tell us how to control or eradicate them.

Earlier, the use of mosquito coils, mosquito repellent cream, electronic mats etc., to keep the mosquitoes away, provided some relief. But now, the Madras mosquitoes have grown immune to all these and seem to be enjoying life at the expense of us, miserable humans! At one time, my husband and I had a heated argument over the idea of fixing net for the windows, to prevent these treacherous insects from haunting our house.

After a long debate, we came to a consensus and got the job done. I was very happy that we had, at last, arrived at a solution for the mosquito menace. The work was completed in a day; we celebrated with a farewell party for the mosquitoes that night. The next morning dawned very bright, particularly because we were not going to see any more mosquitoes.

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Keeping the mosquitoes at bay

Everyday I shut all the doors and windows by 5 in the evening, lest mosquitoes should start inviting themselves into the house. That evening too, I closed the doors (no need to close the windows-they had protective nets now) with the confidence that the net-fixing was going to keep them at bay permanently. But lo and behold!! By 7 p.m., there were mosquitoes everywhere, enjoying the cozy interiors of our house, leaving us shocked to no end.

Where did they come from? We started wondering as to what could be done to banish the most repulsive creatures from our environment.
Then it happened!! The Racket Revolution!! Looking similar to a tennis racket (but lighter), it is an electric gadget that, when swung around, caught the mosquitoes that were happily lazing around and killed them!

My husband had found it in a shop (soon after its introduction in the market) where the salesman was very enthusiastic explaining the assassination aspect of the racket. Obviously impressed by it, my husband bought it. Once home, he started swinging it here and there and everywhere around the house. It was like a Jalianwala Bagh Massacre (with due respect to the actual victims of the J M), with mosquito carcasses strewn around the rooms.

And so it was, everyday, that my husband would fondly use the 'new gadget' to murder the merciless mosquitoes. My daughter said to me one evening, as my husband returned from office," M.M. will start now". When I looked at her quizzically, she quickly explained," massacre mania". So it turned out that massacre mania has, sort of helped reduce the mosquito menace of the Madras mosquitoes.

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Sun-Girl 5 years ago from Nigeria

Useful hub,thanks fro sharing.

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remaniki 5 years ago from Chennai, India Author

Thank you Sun-Girl for stopping by and finding this hub useful.



Lars 5 years ago

So how is the mosquito situation now in October? Will it improve until December? Are there periods in Madras where there are more or less of the menace? I take it the racket used for MM was supplied by the chinese light insdustry....

When Ah itches, Ah scratches... ;-)

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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Hi, It must be a nightmare! I remember going on holiday to Greece, and there they were, the nasty little mozzies as we call them! so yes I totally understand! glad you got it under control, what a great invention the bat with the electric bite! lol!

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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India Author

Hi Nell,

Nice to hear from you. Ah, 'mozzies' is a nice way of addressing those nasty little monsters (rhymes with the word Nazis). Thanks for stopping by!



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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Mosquitos attract to me like a bee to honey. I've been told it's because I'm so sweet, well those pesky little pests don't think I'm so sweet after I swat them to death. A very useful hub Rema. Wishing you mosquito free days and evenings!

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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

Rema, this past summer we had an unbearable amount of mosquitos, because we had a fairly dry winter here and mild too. So it would seem the mosquitos never had a chance to really die and only got worse as the summer months went one. We (my girls, my husband, myself) got bit up every other day here. So I can completely relate to your article here. Thanks for sharing and have voted, shared and tweeted too!!

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jennzie 4 years ago from Lower Bucks County, PA

I'll have to look for that device, since I've been bitten by mosquitoes to no end since the start of summer. Great hub!

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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India Author

Hi Linda,

Thank you very much for the visit. Of course you are so sweet that those nasty little creatures come to you :) Still fighting the menace here in Chennai. Cheers, Rema.

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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India Author

Thanks a lot Janine for reading, tweeting and sharing too. I am really not aware of the fact that you have the same problem. I am sure it will not be as bad as it is here. We don't have the problem in peak summer during April and May. We feel so relieved during this period. Thanks again Janine, Cheers, Rema.

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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India Author

Hi jennzie,

Oh yes, the device is very useful. You'll not find a house without this mosquito slayer. My! They are a real bother; I simply can't stand them. Thanks jennzie for the visit. Cheers, Rema.

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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

We have lots of mosquitoes here in S. Florida. Where can you buy that slayer??? If Amazon has it, why not put some ads on your Hub. I'll have to search cause I'd like to have one.

Great Hub. I voted it up, etc

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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India Author

Hi Mary,

How nice of you to point out that I need to put up ads here! Only after seeing your comment did I realize that I have omitted displaying Amazon ads here on this hub. Thank you very much. I have added the ads now. These slayers are very useful indeed especially in my city where the mosquitoes 'rule the place'.

Thank you very much for the votes. Cheers, Rema.

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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

Hi, Rema. I see the ads. Glad you put them on: you just may make some sales from readers. I'm going to share this cause I don't think I did before. Goodnight, Mary

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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India Author

Thanks Mary for the advice. I am so glad you told me about the ads. Why didn't I think of it before? Again, this is one of the first few hubs of mine, so I could have missed it. Thank you very much for sharing this hub. Cheers, Rema.

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