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8 Easy Tips to Prevent Mosquito Bites when Travelling

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Let’s face it, who doesn’t love a good holiday? There’s nothing better than jetting off across the globe for some much-needed relaxation and to spend some time away from work and school with our friends and family.

However, there is one insect that is just waiting to spoil your holiday – mosquitoes!

These biting insects not only inflict multiple itchy bites upon us, but they can also spread a range of diseases such as malaria, dengue fever and the Zika virus.

Thankfully there are a couple of things you can do to avoid mosquito bites. These tips will help avoid spending endless days of itching and scratching those irritating bites.

How to avoid mosquito bites

Below is a list of easy and simple tips to help avoid mosquito bites whilst on holiday:

1. Avoid mosquito hotspot

One way you can avoid mosquito bites when travelling is to check if your holiday destination is a hot spot for mosquito activity, and in particular, the areas where the mosquito-borne diseases are more prevalent.

Luckily organisations such as the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, and The World Health Organization, have all this information available. A simple google search will let you see which areas are hotspots for diseases such as dengue and yellow fever.

2. Wear light colors

A little-known fact is that mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors. This is believed to be because of the contrasting dark-colored clothes provide against the horizon during dusk when mosquitoes are most active.

Wearing lightly colored clothing is a good way to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.

3. Use insect repellent

When it comes to avoiding mosquito bites, insect repellent is your best friend! This is because it is one of the most effective solutions.

You can buy insect repellents from your local supermarket and/or pharmacy, and apply to any exposed areas of the skin. Those products, which include DEET, claim to be the most effective, but there are alternatives if you are allergic.

It’s a good idea to apply insect repellent before leaving your hotel or apartment especially during the later parts of the day.

4. Avoid certain times of day

Generally, mosquitoes are more active at dusk and dawn, although this may differ depending on the species.

These times of the day are often cooler and less windy making conditions more favorable conditions for mosquitoes.

To avoid mosquito bites it’s a good idea to plan any activities you might have during the times of day when mosquitoes are less active.

5. Wear appropriate clothing

More often than not, mosquitoes will bite on any area of exposed skin. Because of this, it’s a good idea to wear long-sleeved clothing to protect yourself against mosquito bites.

Now I know this may sound ridiculous as long sleeves and warm climates aren’t exactly a match made in heaven, but this doesn’t mean you have to wear jeans and a jumper.

Long sleeved t-shirts and linen trousers are both good options.

6. Remove standing water

We’ve all been guilty of leaving the buckets and spades from our beach trip out on the porch or balcony. However, did you know that these can attract mosquitoes?

Standing water provides mosquitoes with the perfect breeding environment!

You can avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes by making your accommodation less appealing to mosquitoes. This can simply be done by remembering to empty water out of glasses, mugs, cups, buckets and spades if being left outside.

7. Use an insect net

How many times have you woken up to find yourself littered with mosquito bites? That’s because, when conditions are favourable, a mosquito’s dining experience can lead well into the night.

Preventing mosquito bites can be done with the use of an insect net.

If you’re worried about mosquitos when travelling it’s a good idea to check that your accommodation has either mosquito nets around the bed or insect screens on the doors and windows.

8. Keep air circulated

Mosquitoes aren’t strong fliers (that’s why they are more active during dusk and dawn when there is little wind).

Keeping air circulated with the use of fans is a good way to avoid getting bitten by a mosquito, as it makes it difficult for them to fly near you.

4 most dangerous diseases transmitted by mosquitoes

Never underestimate mosquito bites while you are travelling. Because there are at least 4 dangerous diseases will be transmitted by mosquitoes.

Below the list of diseases caused by mosquitoes:

List of disease Types of mosquitoes Symptoms
Dengue fever Aedes Aegypti

Symptoms of dengue fever includes:

  • Headaches
  • High fever
  • Vomiting
  • Muscle pains
  • Skin rash

When one is infected by a strain of dengue virus, it is advisable to get plenty of rest, drink plenty of fluids, and see a doctor for close monitoring.

Zika virus Aedes Aegypti

Zika and dengue have similar symptoms, such as:

  • High fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle and joint pains

Zika may cause Microcephaly in infants – a birth defect wherein a baby’s head is smaller than expected - and other neurological defects.

Chikungunya Aedes Aegypti

Symptoms usually start with having an abrupt onset of fever, often followed by severe joint pain, skin rash, headache, or nausea. 

Malaria Anopheles

If you’re bitten by an Anopheles mosquito with Malaria, symptoms develop within ten days to a month after the infection. 

The common symptoms includes:

  • Fever
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Jaundice in severe cases

The four dangerous diseases mentioned above have the potential to take lives if the victims does not immediately get medical help from a doctor.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! Follow and share about the easy tips on preventing mosquito bites when travelling to your friends and family today!