If you’re here, you probably love Nature as much as we do. But we all know that, despite Nature’s greatness, She also has some issues… like those little annoying and deadly creatures – the mosquitoes! That’s why we should always be aware and protected against them. Read below the best mosquito bite prevention tips and be safe!
HOW THE VIRUS IS
One mosquito bites an infected person and will carry the infection with it.
The infected mosquito will bite a healthy person and transmit the virus to non-infected people.
NEW INFECTED PERSON
In 3 to 7 days, the newly infected person gets sick and if a mosquito bites her in that period, it will be able to transmit the virus to other non-infected people.
LEARN ABOUT THE MOSQUITO INCIDENCE AND HEALTH RISKS RELATED TO YOUR TRIP.
Have an appointment with a doctor and check all the vaccines and treatments you need to do before you go.
CHOOSE A HOTEL WITH AIR CONDITIONING OR SCREENS ON WINDOWS.
Mosquitos don’t like cold areas, and an AC unit circulates the cold air around the room. Besides that, almost any breeze, above 1MPH, will make it very difficult for mosquitos to fly. The moving air inhibits the ability of mosquitos to fly in a straight line and hit their target, and it dilutes the concentration of carbon dioxide that we exhale, making us more difficult to locate.
SLEEP UNDER A MOSQUITO BED NET AND SPRAY IT WITH WILD AT EASE.
Mosquito nets are one of the most important ways to protect against malaria and other diseases transmitted by mosquitos. Nets treated with repellents are estimated to be twice as effective as untreated nets and offer greater than 70% protection compared with no net.
ALWAYS WEAR LIGHT-TONED CLOTHES, LONG SLEEVES AND TREAT THEM WITH WILD AT EASE MOSQUITO REPELLENT FOR TEXTILES.
Mosquitos use their vision to search for food sources during the daylight hours. And since they fly very close to the ground, they tend to find targets by looking for things that contrast with the horizon. Dark colors stand out, and light colors are less attractive to them. Loose, long-sleeved, neutral and pastel colored clothing are advised to help prevent mosquito bites.
USE A SAFE INSECT REPELLENT FOR EXPOSED SKIN AREAS AND REAPPLY EVERY FEW HOURS.
This is still one of the most effective solutions to protect your skin. Apply before leaving your hotel or apartment, especially onto your ankles, elbows, wrists, forehead and all other places where your skin is thin because that’s where mosquitoes love to feed. Just watch out for skin irritations and avoid applying repellent around the eyes or mouth and, if it’s a child, also avoid applying it on their hands because they usually put them on their mouth. Depending on the effectiveness of the lotion or spray, apply frequently to avoid bites, but always following the product label instructions carefully.
AVOID GOING OUTDOORS WHEN MOSQUITOS ARE MORE AGGRESSIVE (DUSK AND DAWN).
Wind typically dissipates as the sun rises and sets, and the lack of wind at those times brings mosquitos out to feed. If you can, schedule your outdoor activities at other times of the day.
AVOID GETTING TOO HOT AND RAISE YOUR HEART RATE.
Carbon Dioxide (CO2) is the primary thing mosquitos search for to identify food sources, and anything that raises your heart rate will increase your CO2 production. Mosquitos can smell it at relatively long distances. So, avoid dark-colored fabrics that absorb more heat from the sun, and don’t exercise outdoors because it will cause you to radiate more heat and to breathe heavily. Also avoid drinking alcohol or eating spicy foods – it will raise your heart rate too. Being overweight or pregnant can also up your CO2 output.
PREGNANT WOMEN ARE TWO TIMES MORE ATTRACTIVE TO MOSQUITOS THAN NON-PREGNANT WOMEN.
The researchers say that this attractiveness is likely to be linked to two physiological factors: firstly, they found that women, at an advanced stage of pregnancy, exhaled 21% greater volume of carbon dioxide than non-pregnant women; secondly, pregnant women have a warmer average body temperature, which is a cue for biting and landing. Since Wild at Ease mosquito repellent spray is safe for pregnant women, apply it on every clothing for a greater protection against mosquito bites.
Wristbands or other wearable DEET items don’t work.
DEET works by blocking mosquito’s CO2 receptors. That happens when a mosquito lands on your skin and comes into contact with the DEET. They’ll still land on you if you apply it, but they won’t bite. The problem with these wearables is the fact that DEET isn’t a scent-based repellent, which means that any form of it, that not spread on your skin, will just not work. So, skip the wristbands, ankles and other bogus DEET wearables.
Get rid of any standing water from your backyard and windows
Female mosquitoes lay their eggs in stagnant water, and this why getting rid of any standing water near your house is one of the most basic steps you can take to keep mosquitoes away. Especially if you live in a mosquito infested area, you really want to be thorough, since mosquito eggs can hatch in as little as one inch of standing water. And don’t forget that female mosquito can lay up to 300 eggs at a time!
Incorporate mosquito-repelling plants around your backyard
There are several plants with strong scents that we find pleasant, which you can use to help mask your own smell and keep nearby mosquitoes at a distance:
- Lemon Balm
Use plug-in fans and keep the flow of air directed at the lower half of your body
Mosquitoes tend to fly very close to the ground to avoid wind, so directing the fan’s force downward will block their approach.