Prevent Mosquito Bites
If you’re anything like me, you’d very much like mosquitoes to keep their distance and respect your personal space. But no matter what you do or how hard you try, they don’t seem to take the hint. They’re relentless. So I’ve done a lot of digging, spoken to a ridiculous amount of travellers, and even tried and tested a few of these trusty tricks. Let’a take a look:
So… how do you prevent mosquito bites?
Apparently, mosquitoes are attracted to the way that bananas make your blood taste. This probably explains why I was bitten a ridiculous amount of times in Sri Lanka. I lived on bananas, no joke. And I’ve never been bitten so much in my life, so I guess it makes sense.
It’s been suggested that thiamine, another name for Vitamin B1, repels mosquitoes. You should start taking it at least two weeks before your trip to ensure enough time has passed for it to take effect.
This 1000mg tablet not only helps your immune system stay in top working condition, it also helps mosquito bites heal quicker and reduces any itchiness the bite may have. How? By lessening the production of your body’s natural histamine, which explains why some people choose to use anti-histamines tablets for those dreaded bites.
No one is entirely sure as to why this insect repellent works, it just does. So make sure you stock up on it before you head off on your travels. And remember to reapply every 4-6 hours.
If you’re going to an area affected with malaria, you’ll need to make sure that you’re taking the necessary precautions so you don’t contract this nasty disease. Visit Fit for Travel or the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) to see if you’re going to an at risk area. It’s also worth checking with your GP to see which tablet is most suited to your needs.
Mosquitoes are clever little things. Not sure how they do it, but somehow they manage to find their way into the most unexpected of clothing. Avoid leggings, cardigans, anything that is tight or body hugging. There’s nothing worse than having an angry little mosquito stuck in your pants.
It goes without saying but try and keep yourself as clean as possible. Mosquitoes are drawn towards body perspiration. Not much you can do if you’re in a hot, sweaty place. But to prevent mosquito bites you shower as much as you deem appropriate. That’s all anyone can really ask.
Wear Bright Colours
Not sure how true this is but rumour has it mosquitoes are attracted to dark colours. I guess it kind of makes sense given that they tend to be more active at night, when bright colours are less visible. Avoid
When female mosquitoes aren’t vamping themselves out in search for blood, they’re quite content buzzing around with their better halves, looking for some florally plant to feed off. So, if you do decide to douse yourself in a scent, make sure it’s not of the floral variety.
Avoid Beer (Sorry Guys)
Turns out these little mozzies are attracted to one of the most popular drinks amongst travellers. Clearly they have good taste.
This is a very particular cheese so it shouldn’t be too hard for you to avoid, but avoid it you should. This will attract the mosquitoes as far afield as the next town, and really, no one is going to thank you for that.
Take Plenty of Socks
An old scientific experiment shows that a certain type of bacteria that grows on human feet is irresistible to mosquitoes. As long as you stick to flip-flops (and you’ve taken my previous advice and showered) then you’ll be fine. Alternatively, if you have to wear socks make sure they’re not holding on to yesterday’s dried sweat.