With the widespread of Zika virus, mosquitoes are a feared disease-carrier.Mosquitoes are believed to drink up to three times their weight in blood.The saliva secreted from mosquitoes induce allergic reactions which causes itching. And yes, they can lay up to 300 eggs at a time.
Mosquitoes are not just annoying but dangerous, and can spread serious and fatal diseases like Zika virus, malaria, dengue, yellow fever etc. So if you are planning a trip to the tropics or any other area likely to be affected by mosquito-borne diseases, use the following tips to fight mosquitoes.
1. Use Mosquito Repellents
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claims that wearing insect/mosquito repellent is a major way to prevent mosquito-spread diseases. It is considered to be safe both for children and pregnant women. So don’t forget to carry insect repellents containing DEET, Picaridin, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus (OLE) or PDE,while traveling. Repellents containing 20 % DEET, can protect the user for almost five hours.You can purchase insect repellents from local supermarket,pharmacy or from online stores and apply to any part of your skin left exposed. Try to apply mosquito repellent before leaving the hotel, especially if you are going out in the evening.
2. Dress well to Repel Insect bites.
Mosquitoes are often attracted to dark colors. Wearing light colored clothes is an effective way to avoid mosquito bite.Bright colors not only attract mosquitoes, but also other stinging insects like wasps.Also pack long sleeves, pants, and socks if your trip is in places of warm weather. Try tucking your pants into your socks when walking through areas with a high concentration of mosquitoes.
3. Use Mosquito Netting
While traveling, not every accommodation of yours might have an air conditioner. Surround your bed with mosquito netting before you sleep. To be on the safer side, always pack a travel mosquito net in your luggage.
Mosquitoes get attracted to sweat. Sweat is really common if you’re traveling to a summer getaway or a humid climate. Make sure you take a shower after hiking or after continuous travel.
5.Avoid times of day that are mosquito Happy Hours.
Mosquitoes are generally more active during dusk and dawn, although this might vary depending on the species.Dawn and dusk being often cooler and less windy is a more favorable condition for mosquitoes. Plan your activities during the times of day when mosquitoes are less active.
6.Remove Still Water.
Mosquitoes congregate more around stagnant water like in lakes or creeks. Try to ward off stagnant water in your travel pack by separating wet items from dry ones in a packing organizer with dual compartments. Do not leave buckets and spades from your beach trip on the porch or balcony.