Things Travellers should carry to keep Mosquitoes away

Wednesday, 19/10/2016

The mosquitoes are universally hated for their deeds. They pesky, disease-carrying insects which survives by sucking blood out of humans.
Mosquitoes are the deadliest and dangerous animals on this planet Earth. That’s truly correct as more than half population’s life is in danger or at the edge of death, due to mosquito-borne disease. Mosquitoes might be carrying many numbers of deadly
diseases, like malaria, dengue, yellow fever, chikungunya and encephalitis. Mosquitoes are also a major threat to dogs.



Mosquitoes are category of insects, with different sub-classes or genus like Anopheles, Culex and Aedeses, which are responsible for most of the human bites and disease. Interestingly, female mosquitoes are responsible for disease, due to their bitter bites.

Mosquito borne diseases?

Travellers are very much familiar with the term mosquito borne diseases that carry malaria, dengue, yellow fever, etc. the two most common illness that travellers might face are:

Dengue and Yellow fever. Malaria is caused by a global killer that is regarded as a parasitic infection. According to research, the Asian Tiger Mosquito is responsible for carrying both Chikungunya as well as Yellow fever. Both the fever symptoms are painful that includes the following:


● short to long term joint pain


What can travellers do to prevent mosquito bites?

There are Several well-written studies and researches about mosquito, which have led to the conclusions shown below:

●Adults are more likely to be threat of mosquitoes than children.

●Mosquito borne disease studies have recorded that, Men are more venerable over

● Tall people are more likely to be bitten by mosquitoes than smaller people.

There are different methods and techniques used to prevent mosquito’s bites, natural methods and artificial methods.

The artificial methods include:


Permethrin is an insecticide that belongs to the pyrethroid family. Pyrethroids are synthetic chemicals used for a number of reasons to control insects. Products of permethrin are used in public health mosquito control. They are used on food and feed crops, on ornamental lawns, on livestock and pets, in structures and buildings, and on clothing also.

What is Permethrin used for?

●Permethrin is used to treat infections caused by certain parasites.
●Lyclear Dermal Cream is used for the treatment of scabies and crab lice. Permethrin 5% Cream is used for the treatment of scabies. Lyclear Creme Rinse is used for the treatment of head lice.

Listed below are the most common uses of permethrin.

●Treatment of head-lice

●Treatment of crab-lice

●Treatment of scabies


DEET is an insecticide that is a premiere choice for mosquito bite prevention that works similarly as permethrin.
DEET is a much older compound in terms of its safety and efficacy. DEET is used effectively in the process of keeping away fleas, ticks, mosquitoes and chiggers.

3.Mosquito repellant creams.

4.Coil, refills are also an artificial method of keeping away mosquitoes.

5.A mixture of 35% of DEET skin spray and permethrin treated on clothing is considered to be the most efficient method. People using this method were about 99.9% protected for a time period of 8 hours.

The natural methods are as listed below:

1.Holy Grail

They are the Oral mosquito repellents. The making of holy grail involves use of Garlic, onions, bananas, etc. This method is considered to be old and now it is used in camps, small towns or villages.



●Travellers need to use all of their stuff and things to prevent bites and stay healthy during the time period of their trip.

●The first most important thing in mosquito bite prevention is proper and clean clothing.

●The lighter colours, long sleeves and pants clothes are more advisable as they act as a barrier from the attack of mosquito.

● Precaution must be used while wearing long sleeves and pants in hot & humid climates, it might lead to overheating and dehydration.

3.Bed Nets

●Bed nets are also a mode of protection from mosquitoes, that keeps mosquitoes away from bed sides during nights.

●The doors and window should be closed properly if one is staying in a hotel.


Prevention of mosquito bites is an important feature of traveler’s health and needs to be taken care of, well in the whole duration of a trip.

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