I have yet to find someone who likes mosquitoes! In fact, the vast majority of us probably see mosquitoes as pests! Accordingly, our normal instinct is to kill a mosquito as soon as possible. Sadly, I’m convinced that few of us have been adequately trained in the art and science of mosquito elimination. Consequently, let’s consider some options for laying a mosquito (or any other pest) to rest.
I’ve been told hand grenades are very effective at eradicating most living things. Of course they are not readily available to the public at large. One cannot help but wonder if that may be a result of their lack of precision, and their potential for killing or maiming the person attempting to use them. I’m pretty sure an online video would not be appropriate training for using hand grenades, even if the disclaimer, “Kids, don’t try this at home” was prominently displayed.
Guns can be effective in dispatching pesky life forms. Since they are readily available and generally affordable, there are many options from which to choose: handguns, rifles or shotguns. Depending on the choice you make, the cost of the ammo may limit your options. All of them are more than capable to nail the offending mosquito with one accurate shot.
Bows and arrows have been well known to be a trusty duo for killing. Unfortunately, modern technologies have minimized their popularity and few people have easy access to them. And since mosquitoes are generally small targets, accuracy developed through hours of practice would be essential to their effectiveness.
Knives have been used since ancient times to eliminate offending parties. But not knowing the most vulnerable parts of a mosquito’s anatomy could make killing it more difficult, especially since it is so small.
Clubs (things we swing) have been used for taking care of undesirables for eons. While the sizes and shapes of clubs has changed over the millennia, their relative availability and frequent effectiveness have often made them the solution of choice.
Bare hands have been known to kill as well. Needless to say, they are always available (since they are firmly attached to our bodies) and inexpensive (most of us were blessed to have them come as standard equipment).
With all these options in mind, you may have noticed that I have failed to point out that we all too frequently discover mosquitoes on a person’s body, most often our own. This complicating detail (not that “minor”) should not be minimized when choosing which method we plan to employ to terminate said mosquito. Touché! Killing a mosquito is not that simple after all!
This ridiculous scenario should help us keep from using an inappropriate solution to a given problem. Pests come in all sizes, from mosquitoes to grizzly bears. Accordingly, use a solution that is readily available, most often effective, least expensive, and that yields the least amount of collateral damage. This principle is also very helpful for taking care of countless other problems, not just pests.