I live on the second floor of a central Tokyo apartment building. The advantage of this? I enjoy a brief daily elevator ride (or welcome stair climb) and can escape the building quickly in case of an emergency--I can literally jump off my balcony if necessary. The disadvantage of this? Mosquitoes and biting midges host wild vampire parties at my place during the scorching Japan summer months. Despite my fine-meshed screens and personal policy of only opening the windows when absolutely necessary, they still get in. Dammit. Given how aggressively I'm targeted, my American blood must be the finest, first-class epicurean indulgence for a suckling mosquito muzzle. Here is my series of mitigating measures for dealing with Japan's biting pests.