A mosquito-free vacation is rare and to prevention the only solution. Mosquito bites when you travel a big deal especially to places where mosquitoes are rampant.
Unfortunately, there are only five mosquito-free countries in the world. They are Antarctica, Iceland, French Polynesia, Mew Caledonia and Seychelles. Mosquito bites are not just itchy, but extremely dangerous. Their bites can transmit diseases such as dengue fever, malaria and other mosquito bite related diseases.
Types of Dangerous Mosquitoes
These mosquitoes are malaria carrier and can be identified easily for their black and white striped wings. They are present worldwide except countries mentioned above. They are active and bite before dawn and after sunset.
These mosquitoes are the most dangerous for they are carriers of dengue fever, Chikungunya, Rift Valley and yellow fever. They can be easily spotted just like the anopheles mosquitoes for they have black and white body. However, they are less prevalent, but they're rapidly spreading out today due to globalization. They are mostly found in Africa, in the Caribbean, Europe, Middle East, and Southeast Asia and in the US. These mosquitoes usually bite indoors and mostly target humans. And they usually bite during daytime.
These mosquitoes are carriers of Japanese encephalitis, lymphatic filariasis and West Nile fever. This type of mosquito is delicate and small and looks like ordinary mosquitoes. They are present in the tropical areas, but they are least dangerous compared to other types of mosquitoes. And they bite anytime of the day.
How to Avoid Mosquito Bites
Here are some tips on how to prevent mosquito bites when traveling to places where mosquitoes are prevalent.
Cover up your Body
When you're traveling to mosquito-ridden places, especially if you'll be spending most of your time outdoors or in forested area, cover up your body as much as you can. Wear clothing that would show less skin, the less skin, the less mosquito bites.
Mosquitoes live mostly in tropical areas or with hot temperatures. You can look for light long-sleeved cotton shirts and some light cardigans to keep your body cool and protect your skin from mosquito bites at the same time.
Use Insect Repellent as Often as you Can
If you don't want to cover up your body especially on tropical areas, the best way to avoid mosquito bites is using a mosquito repellant and re-applies as often as you can. Look for a repellent that contains DEET. Mosquito or bug repellents with concentration of 30% and above are the best and use above 50% - 75% concentration in tropical areas or places were dangerous mosquitoes are prevalent.
Mosquito Boils - Back-up Option
You can also look for natural insect repellents (no chemicals or DEET). But these repellents can't prevent mosquito bites fully especially in the tropics.
Mosquito coils are the best option if you want to go natural in preventing mosquito bites. They are small, light-weight and spiral made of pyrethrum powder. This can be used by burning the outer edge of the spiral. It will burn slowly and produce a mosquito repelling smoke. It's not very convenient, but it will do if you don't have any repellent.
You can carry it in your backpack or carry-on bag anywhere you go. Each mosquito coil can be used between six to eight hours. You can use them especially outdoors camping.
Mosquito patches are also great back up if you don't have mosquito repellents. You can just stick these mosquito patches on your clothes when you head out. You can also stick on your bed when sleeping to keep mosquitoes out you or your bed at night.
In tropical areas, people with rooms that are not well-sealed usually used mosquito nets. They are the best way to prevent mosquito bites at night while you’re sleeping. Just tuck in the mosquito net edges under your bed and keep your body at the center of the bed.
Just Hangout to Mosquito-Free Places
Mosquitoes have wings so they fly anywhere even in lighted areas, but they are weak flier in breezy areas. You can go to the beach or somewhere breezy. Or you can even use a fan or an electric fan to drive them away. They also hate smoke, so sitting outdoors with campfires is also a great way to avoid being bitten.
Traveling is fun, but mosquitoes suck! Prevention is the best cure, so learn how to avoid mosquito bites when traveling. Being a savvy traveler is better to prevent from getting sick after a great vacation. You can't carry all these repellents, but you can at least carry one of these items in your carry-on and a cover up clothing to prevent mosquito bites especially when you're heading to mosquito-ridden areas.