How to Avoid Insect Bites

insect bitesMosquitoes, certain types of flies, ticks and bugs can cause transmit serious disease.
e.g. malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever.

Some bite at night, but some during daytime, so protection is needed at all times.

Remember to do the following;

  • Cover up as much skin as possible if going out at dusk or at night, (mosquitoes that transmit malaria bite from dusk until dawn). 
  • Wear loose fitting clothes, long sleeves, trousers or long skirts and socks.
  • Use insect repellents on exposed skin.
  • (DEET containing products are the most effective.  A content of up to 50% DEET is recommended for tropical destinations.)  Clothes can be sprayed with repellents too or clothing specific sprays. Check suitability for children on the individual products.
  • If using sunscreen always apply first followed by an insect repellent spray on top
  • If room is not air conditioned, but screened, close shutters early evening and spray room with knockdown insecticide spray.
  • In malarious regions, if camping, or sleeping in unprotected accommodation, always sleep under a mosquito net (impregnated with permethrin).
  • Avoid camping near areas of stagnant water, these are common breeding areas for mosquitoes etc.
  • Electric insecticide vaporisers are very effective as long as there are no power failures!

 

  • There is no scientific evidence that electric buzzers, savoury yeast extract, tea tree oil, bath oils, garlic and vitamin B are effective.

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