Saturday, August 1

A Review of Mosquito Coils In The Market

Mosquito coils = The first line of defence against savage jungle mosquitoes.

Remember when there was completely no electricity at my school? It happened during the dry season so the nights were really really warm & hard to sleep with the windows closed. Why close the windows you ask? Because if you don't close the windows, the savages from the jungle will climb in & suck your blood! Literally! I'm talking about swarms of mosquitoes gang-banging your skin & leaving you with clusters of chickenpox-like bumps on your skin in the morning! These guys even bite through clothing!! The itchiness that ensues will practically ensure that you never have a good night sleep.

In order to keep those monsters at bay, I had to go really low-tech. I eventually experimented with mosquito coils. There are so many in the market & I thought that all of them worked the same since they had the same basic ingredients. I was wrong. They had different effects on the mosquitoes & the environment. Some were very uncomfortable to use.

I didn't know which brands were good so I tried all of them. In total, I tested 4 brands. I finished the whole box before moving to the next brand so I experienced all 4 for at least 10 days (10 coils). I didn't collect any metrics in this experiment so this review is only based on my personal experience.

I'm going to share with you which ones worked best so that you don't have to end up with sleepless nights (like I did) from using some really ineffective mosquito coils.

The brands I tried.

1. The Generic: Camel Mosquito Coils
Mozzie-away-ness: 1/5     Mosquitoes were still buzzing around with this one lighted!
Bear-ability: 1/5     Has a strong burnt smell which is not pleasant at all!
Ease of Use: 2/5     Hard to burn. Sometimes will snuff out on it's own. Burns until the end.

2. The Fragrant: Shieldtox Mosquito Coils (RM1.40)
Mozzie-away-ness: 2/5     Mosquitoes were still buzzing around with this one lighted!
Bear-ability: 5/5     Has a strangely pleasant smell.
Ease of Use: 5/5     Light & leave. Burns until the end.

3. The Famous: Ridsect Mosquito Coils (RM1.50)
Mozzie-away-ness: 5/5     Keeps most mosquitoes away.
Bear-ability: 1/5     Has a bad burnt smell which is not pleasant at all!
Ease of Use: 4/5     Snuffed out a few times. Burning stops just before the end.

4. The Best: Fumakilla Mosquito Coils (RM1.70)
Mozzie-away-ness: 5/5     Keeps most mosquitoes away.
Bear-ability: 4/5     It has a light scent that's noticeable but not overbearing.
Ease of Use: 5/5     Light & leave. Burns until the end.


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