PROTECTION AGAINST MOSQUITOS
Buzzing mosquitos are annoying. In many countries around the world they are also incredibly dangerous. Malaria is transmitted by female mosquitos of the Anopheles genus carrying a parasite called Plasmodium. Mosquitos can also carry dengue fever, yellow fever and a few other nasties. As a general rule; follow this advice between dawn and dusk when mosquitos are most active. It's better that we avoid a bite, don't you agree?
How to avoid a bite?
It may sound counter-productive, but covering areas of skin that can be bitten is crucial. Wear lightweight, thin and loose gear like:
- Light colored long-sleeved shirts
- High necked gear
- Long skirts
You can also buy a local kit spray of insecticide like permethrin and spray on your clothes to maximise protection
- DEET will suffice with a minimum of 20%. The higher the percentage, the longer it will last. 20% DEET for example will last up to 3 hours
- Lemon Eucalyptus oil can reduce mosquito attraction massively and comes in oil or spray format
- Citronella oil works mildly in candle form or bracelet but there are varying opinions and reports on its efficacy
- Icaridin / Picaridin has a similar protective rating to DEET with a minimum of 20%
- Don't forget to tuck the net under your mattress or sheet and try not to sleep against it! In mosquito hot-beds, use your net in your hotel room without hesitation
- You will see many locals lighting incense to repel insects. It is not sustainable nor 100% effective, but it works
- As a rule of thumb, if your room has AC, it is probably sealed. If not, check for gaps and bad sealing where mosquitos could enter. Pyrethroid plugs can be used in your room and are often provided by hotels (or you can buy them locally)
- Get rid of stagnant water where mosquitos like to lay eggs