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This is not a particularly hot spot for mossies and there is no-one in the village to the best of my knowledge who has had malaria but there are certainly more than our fair share of mossies around, particularly in the evenings. The mossies in Thailand are largely resistant to the old prevention tablets that used to be issued to travellers and as I dont want to be taking medication like this for the length of time that I am here I dont take any precautions, except cover up after dark and keep bedroom clear for sleeping.
Anyway, my mystery noise. As the smoke cleared a little I could make out a man with some sort of blower strapped to his back walking around the houses jetting clouds of smoke everywhere to kill off all the mossies who are particularly prevalent at this time of year. Scarily first thoughts made it look like a flamethrower and as he turned off the smoke from time to time flames did leap out the end of the contraption. As he approached I closed the two front doors but was told to open them again for the smoke to go inside the house as well. It stank, largely of petroleum, and I am not sure exactly what was in the mixture.
Sitting outside the house in the evening, however, there seemed to be just as many mossies around as there had been previously. I dont know if it was just my imagination but they appeared to be biting more as well. Perhaps they were fortified by the smoke or simply just fighting back !!