Close the S-trap, please!

Some of us get bitten by mosquitos, more indoors than outdoors. ¬†Unless you’re a plumber, you may not be aware that there is a tiny swamp of standing water in the drains of your sink basins and shower stalls.¬†(This S-trap, desaguadero en estilo-S; estilo ese)¬†is designed to retain water as a plug while allowing spillage, locking septic gases below ground, yet still enabling drainage.) ¬†This liquid plug is¬†an ideal hatchery, and needs to be screened or blocked to prevent those hatchlings from being deposited, and then biting and breeding indoors. ¬† But it’s easy, if you disrupt access to where they’re laying their eggs. ¬†

Go to a kitchen store, or maybe a plumbing supply, and get a mesh strainer, as shown above. ¬†Or simply cover the drains when not actually draining ‚ÄĒ with those handy lids that cap off your water¬†garrafa arriving¬†from e-pura or Cristal. ¬†For the floor drain in the shower, lids from those clear plastic containers of nuts sold at Costco are of a perfect size. (I’ve entered many articles on mosquito control, which can be searched in the white field at the upper right.)