The last thing you want whilst travelling is getting bitten by a mosquito that is carrying a potentially life-threatening disease. Even though it is impossible to predict or completely prevent your contact with infected bugs when travelling to affected countries, there are some ways to help reduce your risk, these include;
Avoid Mosquito Hotspots
Before setting your sites on a travel destination it can be important to research which areas malaria and other mosquito-related diseases are prevalent in. Some areas are far more high-risk than others so finding out this information is essential to help you avoid these areas. You can find all the up-to-date information you need on mosquito-borne illnesses online.
Wear Light Colours
Many people are unaware that mosquitos are drawn to dark colours. There are a few theories to why this is, including;
- Darker clothes absorb more heat and their sophisticated and sensitive heat sensors can detect dark clothing easier
- The contrast that dark colours have on the horizon during dusk, a time when mosquitoes are most active.
As well as staying away from dark colours, try and also avoid bright colours, as this can attract stinging insects such as wasps.
It is also advised in countries that are at serious risk of mosquito-borne infection to wear clothing that covers you up, as mosquitoes will more often than not bite exposed skin.
This one may seem obvious but many people still forget to use insect repellent. Insect repellent is one of the mist effective things for helping reduce your risk of mosquito bites. Insect repellent is easy to get and you can buy it from most supermarkets and pharmacies.
There are many different types of insect repellent out there, the ones that are most effective for warding off mosquitoes contain DEET.
Insect repellent should be applied before leaving your hotel or apartment, especially later in the day and into the evening/night. Different repellents will have different strengths and will last for different amounts of time. although, it can be wise to use insect repellent as you use sun cream, top it up frequently, especially before and after being in water.
Avoid Certain Times of the Day
Mosquitoes are generally more active at certain times of the day (usually at dusk and dawn), although his can depend on the species. Where possible, avoid doing activities during certain parts of the day.
Remove Standing Water
It’s not uncommon for people to leave buckets and spades on the balcony or half drank glasses of water next to your bed but you may want to reconsider leaving standing water lying around. Standing water is one of the most common things that attracts mosquitoes as it is perfect conditions for them breeding.
An easy way to help avoid attracting these mosquitoes is to eliminate any standing water in or around where you’re staying (where possible).
mosquito larvae in standing water
When visiting certain countries, visiting you doctor beforehand can be a good idea as you may require vaccinations or be prescribed anti-malaria tablets. If you are unsure if the country you are planning on visiting requires any medications, it is always best to check with your doctor anyway.