In a recent post I described bug nets as Permethrin distribution systems.
That's because I had spent considerable time that day soaking my three bug nets in a solution of the same.
I have to admit that I've enjoyed hearing the hmmm of a mosquito suddenly silenced by contact with a chemical problem solver.
But then upon reflection it felt bad. It raises an ethical dilemma, which I will now explore with the indulgence of the forums.
Putting yourself in the place of a mosquito (all life is sacred) ...
Would you rather die suddenly in ignorance of what you did wrong or suffer the torture of not reaching your goal all night long, which a non-treated net would ostensibly provide?
On the other hand ...
A mosquito that does not die instantly may work his way around to the tiniest opening. In addition, who knows the direction from which he may attack? The dumbest mosquito, making a direct shot to infrared heat may happen upon a hole!
Who knows how smart a mosquito might be? What if the smartest mosquito ever in the history of the world happened to be in the same place as you, wanted to drink your blood, and figured out how to do it?
But I've never seen a mosquito with a HAZMAT suit.