Few people need pursuading that sorties in the bush have plenty going for them. One of the little challenges of being out in the wilds, though, is mosquitos. Quite extraordinary how such ineffectual-looking little creatures can cause so much annoyance, discomfort, and sometimes, illness. Here are a few tips for remaining itch-free…
- Apply mosquito repellent on uncovered skin surfaces when outdoors. If you’re also using sunscreen, apply it before insect repellent.
- Protect infants by draping the carrier with mosquito netting with an elastic edge for a tight fit.
- Experiment with non-chemical repellent solutions such as citronella and tea tree oil. Vitamin B supplements appear to be effective too, in conjunction with repellent.
- Wear loose, long-sleeved shirts and long pants outdoors, especially in the evenings.
Clothing may also be sprayed with repellent.
- Tuck trousers into your socks. Provided that you can bargain a little with vanity, this is a great help!
- Stagnant water attracts mosquitoes so avoid such areas if possible.
- Sleep with a mosquito net over your bed.
- Avoid wearing heavy, dark clothing and opt for light colours.
- Keep yourself as cool as possible since mosquitos are attracted to warm bodies.
- Avoid perfumes and strong fragrances. Some, like lavendar, strongly attract mossies.
- Dawn and dusk are peak mosquito times so stay indoors as much as possible or be extra fussy about using precautions at these times.
- Have frequent showers in hot weather to keep skin perspiration free.
If you’re travelling to an area that carries a risk of malaria, please consult your doctor / health advisor.
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