Mosquitoes can be irritating and their itchy bites are painful. But these insects can also carry dangerous diseases. Do your best to cut them off in their tracks with the following tips.
The dangers of bites
For those traveling to tropical climates, prophylactic medicines are available to prevent malaria spread by mosquitoes.
But even when malaria is not a concern, there are good reasons to avoid getting stung.
- Mosquitoes carry dengue, West Nile virus, and chikungunya, which are endemic in many parts of the world, particularly in the Caribbean and the southern United States. However, the Nile virus is also now in Canada.
- It is important to remember that mosquito bites can be debilitating and fatal and take precautions.
1. Wear appropriate clothing
Mosquitoes tend to bite at sunset and dawn when they are most active, but they can sting you at any time of the day.
- Wearing long pants and a long-sleeved shirt can help protect your skin from bites.
- It is also wise to choose pale colors. In addition to keeping you cool, light-colored clothing reduces the chance of stings, as mosquitoes are more attracted to darker shades.
2. Sleep under a mosquito net
Mosquito nets are another important tool to prevent bites and must be used in camping or in a high-risk area.
- Make sure not to touch the sides of the net in your sleep, as the mosquitoes could then prick you.
3. Use mosquito repellent chemicals
The use of a mosquito spray containing DEET (N-diethyl-m-toluamide) is effective in keeping insects away.
- Unfortunately, these products can stain clothes.
- If you are eating or sitting outdoors, try lemon grass candles or a mosquito coil.
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4. Understand your environment
Mosquitoes like hot, humid conditions.
- Avoid bites by staying away from marshy areas and calm waters.
- Do not let water stagnate in your garden, as this will attract mosquitoes.
- Cover the children’s wading pool at dusk to prevent insects from flooding.
If you intend to exercise for prolonged periods in hot conditions, do not forget to protect your body.
- Mosquitoes like a hot body and excessive sweating attract them. Consequently, wear loose, long clothing and use insect repellent.
5. Choose the right food and drinks
Foods like garlic are known to deter mosquitoes.
- Mosquitoes are also attracted to alcohol in the blood, so drinking only water can also reduce the risk of bites.
- Finally, consider gentle scents of perfume and body gel, because heavy floral odors often attract insects in hot weather.
These methods are not infallible, but a little prevention will help keep these potentially harmful insects in check.