Avoiding Mosquito Bites

Travellers are advised to prevent mosquito bites by taking these steps:

  • Use a DEET-containing insect repellent on exposed skin. Wash this off at night, as long as you are sleeping under a mosquito net. Natural repellents such as citronella can be effective, but must be applied more frequently than products containing DEET.
  • Sleep under a mosquito net impregnated with permethrin.
  • Choose accommodation with screens and fans (if not air-conditioned).
  • Impregnate clothing with permethrin in high-risk areas.
  • Wear long sleeves and trousers in light colours.
  • Use mosquito coils.
  • Spray your room with insect repellent before going out for your evening meal.

If you are going to an area where there is a malaria problem, consult with a clinic about the various prescription drugs you can use to reduce the odds that you'll get it.