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How to kill that one pesky mosquito
Think strategically. You’re lying in bed, drifting off to sleep, when a mosquito whines in your ear—but you can handle this, and quickly. You just need a flashlight or cellphone, plus the wherewithal not to simply start swatting blindly.
Set a trap. Lying in the darkness, place your phone on your chest with the screen illuminated and the brightness on high. The light, plus the carbon dioxide in your exhaled breath, should lure the mosquito to the screen, where you can smack it.
Widen the search. An effective, older method requires getting out of bed. In this scenario, you turn on a single, small light source near a wall and wait for the mosquito to be lured to the wall. Hold an illuminated flashlight flat against the wall and rotate the beam. When it catches the mosquito, it’ll create a bold shadow and easy target.