Filed Under (Malian culture) by Rob on 01-09-2010

As soon as rainy season begins, the mosquitoes start to breed in the standing water and love all the damp earth in our garden!

In fact, there must be as many as several thousand of the wee beasties in our yard at times: I only have to poke a square foot of earth with a stick and 50 or so fly out! Thankfully, most of them don’t make it into the house because of the screens on all our windows and doors. Nevertheless, I’m killing between 5 and 20 a day indoors, mostly thanks to my mosquito-electricuting racket (like this one I blogged about in Benin).

But fear not! Help is at hand!
“There’s something strange in your neighbourhood,
Who you gonna call? Mozzie-busters!”

Or, more acurately, Mr Coulibaly and his mate with their amazing bug-busting sprayer! He charges 15,000cfa to do the whole garden (about $30) but it’s worth it to keep the mozzies at bay, not to mention the malaria risk. So we shut all our windows and leave the house for a couple of hours and he gets to work.

For about a week after his visit, we have virtually no mosquitos, then they slowly start returning. Ideally, we should have him come every month, but this works out a bit pricey (and a tad inconvenient), but we do call him in 2 or 3 times during rainy season. If you’d like his services and you live in Bamako, I can send you his number (as looking up ‘Coulibaly’ in a phone book would be like looking for Mr Smith in England!)

Other blog posts on mosquitos here.

2 Comments posted on "It’s that ‘Coulibably’ time of year again…"
John Parkinson on September 8th, 2010 at 1:59 pm #

We feel for you all – I hate the whining in my ear when trying to sleep…and then having to chase them up the walls when trying to sleep without a net or ‘pifpaf’/Doom/whateverthespray is called locally. The mozzies tend ot be worse at the beginning and end of the rains. that bush/shrub must be heaven for breeding the beasties. but living surrounded by desert is depressing; and discouraging your neighbours to keep Their mozzies down is a challenge, especially if there are rain-filled old tyres etc lying around!
Keep remembering to take your prophylatic tablets regularly….

Rob on September 9th, 2010 at 9:12 am #

Thanks John.