As Hope Cottage is located more that 100 m. above sea level, our architect included a surfeit of doors and windows to capture the lovely Atlantic breezes with which we are blessed. However, we soon discovered that despite being located high above the mosquito rich lowlands, we needed screens and added them to all windows. Our gardener also sprays the garden around the house.
We now enjoy sitting out on our deck throughout the day enjoying the view, the sun and the Atlantic breezes. Mid-afternoon, we shut our doors and if necessary, move indoors and still enjoy the cooling effect of the Atlantic breezes through our screened windows without the need of A/C even in the summer when we spend many weeks in our Caribbean vacation home.
At night, if we elect to visit one of the many excellent restaurants on the island, we dose ourselves with OFF.
Today, as we read stories of the many mosquito borne illnesses: Nile, Chikungunya and now Zika viruses, take these tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…stay in places with air conditioning or that use window screens. Like Hope Cottage. Travelers can protect themselves by preventing mosquito bites.
And again from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
“Protect Yourself from Mosquito Bites and use insect repellents.
Repellents containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, and oil of lemon
eucalyptus and para-menthane-diol products provide long lasting protection. If you use both sunscreen and insect repellent, apply the sunscreen first and then the repellent. Always follow the label instructions when using insect repellent or sunscreen.”
It is simply common sense!
We supply a can of insect repellent and mosquito spray in our welcome basket.