Planning a trip with your loved one or family but scared of the buzzing sound of mosquitoes? Unfortunately, if you’re looking for a mosquito-free country then you’ve got only one option- Iceland. It’s the only country in the world which isn’t home for a single mosquito.
Now that diseases like Zika, Dengue and Malaria are a worldwide concern, it’s a reminder that these barbeque-crashing guests are more than just irritating, they’re life-threatening. Catch any of these diseases and you’ll be having a memorable trip but not for the reasons you thought while planning.
These pesky creatures are certainly a threat but there are easy ways to lower your risks of getting a bite. Keep yourself safe with these 10 mosquito fighting tips while planning a trip to tropical areas or any other place.
Use Mosquito Repellents
Use mosquito repellents like Runbugz mosquito patches, body spray, roll-on etc to ensure that you’re protected from mosquito bites for eight hours as they’re 100% safe and non-toxic to use. You can also carry roll-on with you on trekking or just put two patches on your clothes and you’re good to go.
We recommend you to opt for coils as they effectively clear an area of mosquitoes, and effectively burn for a good seven hours. But they also emit smoke with an odour that some people find unpleasant.
Always check with your hotel first if they provide you with mosquito nets around the bed. If not, then carry one with yourself because nobody wants to be littered with mosquito bites.
Avoid Standing Water
Standing water provides tiny creatures with the perfect breeding environment. It just takes 14 days for them in a minute amount of water to breed. Therefore, always keep a check to empty water from everything(when not needed).
Opt For Light Colour Clothes
You may think that dark colours will make you look thinner but they will attract mosquitoes too. Try to avoid wearing dark colours and opt for light colours clothes with thick fabrics and loose-fitting for more protection.
Make Yourself Less Appealing/ Take A Shower
People are prone to mosquito bites due to a combination of sweat, scent, light and heat. If you’re a mosquito magnet, you are probably exhausted with bumpy and itchy skin so don’t forget to take a shower everyday. Studies have also shown that people with O blood group attracts these tiny creatures the most.
Use Insect Repellent
The most effective way to repel mosquitoes is to apply insect repellents. Just watch out for skin irritation around eyes and mouth.
Try a natural repellent
If you have sensitive skin, you can also make mosquito repellents at home. They are as effective as the ones available in the market. There are various homemade repellents like Citronella Oil, Neem Oil, Lemongrass Oil and Lemon Eucalyptus Oil.
Use Mosquito Repellent Candles
Similar to other repellents, candles claim to repel mosquitoes. The only thing to keep in mind is that they would cover a small area as they are not created to give a long-lasting solution.
Stay Indoors During Dusk To Dawn
While there’s no fixed time when mosquitoes can bite, it’s wise to limit your exposure during the prime time (dusk to dawn) of the day. If you cannot avoid outdoor activities at these times, be sure to apply repellents and other precautions.
Use this handy visual guide on mosquito bites to keep your friends and family comfortable and safe while enjoying your vacation.