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.