Travelling overseas these school holidays? – Heres some quick tips to help avoid mosquito bites while travelling.
Most of our beautiful country is in blistering cold, so many of us will be trying to escape from it these school holidays by travelling to parts of the globe that are much warmer, where we can get much needed relaxation and some Vitamin D.
However, there is one biting insect that is just waiting to spoil your holiday – mosquitoes! They not only inflict multiple itchy bites upon us, but they can also spread a range of diseases
1. Wear light coloured, loose, long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors
- Mosquitoes are attracted to dark colours, because of the contrasting dark coloured clothes provide against the horizon during dusk when mosquitoes are most active. However, it is important that it’s also a good idea to stay away from bright colours, as these are known to attract stinging insects such as wasps.
- A neutral and pastel coloured clothing is advised to help prevent mosquito bites.
- Wear your sleeves and pant legs as long as possible to cover as much skin as possible, keep your clothing as loose as possible. This serves two purposes: it’s much more comfortable in the hot, humid weather where mosquitoes thrive. Second, mosquitoes can sometimes bite through clothing that’s held tight against the skin, especially if the fabric is thin.
2. Wear Insect Repellent
- When it comes to avoiding mosquito bites insect repellent is one of the most effective solutions.
- Tropical strength Bug Bullit has a 6 hour protection and is great against mosquitoes, flies, fleas, sand flies and other annoying biting insects. And it’s even small enough to fit in your pocket!
3. Avoid Standing Water
- Most species of mosquitoes lay their eggs in stagnant water. Stay away from any bodies of stagnant water, whether they’re small puddles or vast swamps, to reduce your risk of encountering mosquitoes.
- Another way to avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes is by making your accommodation less appealing to them. This can be done by remembering to empty water out of glasses, mugs, cups, buckets and spades if being left outside.
4. Avoid certain times of the day
- Mosquitoes are more active at dusk and dawn, these times of the day are often cooler and less windy making conditions more favourable for mosquitoes.
To avoid mosquito butes it’s a good idea to plan any activities you might have during the times of day when mosquitoes are less active.
5. Keep air circulated
- Mosquitoes aren’t strong flyers, so keeping air circulating with a fan is a good way to avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes.