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Avoid being bitten

Mosquitoes can transmit several diseases including dengue fever, Japanese encephalitis and yellow fever as well as malaria. There are a number of steps you can take to stay safe and reduce your chances of being bitten.

Keep covered up
Most mosquitoes bite between dusk and dawn. After dusk you should try to avoid exposing your skin as much as possible. Wear long sleeved shirts and long trousers.

Use effective insect repellent
If your skin is exposed then it is important to use a safe and effective insect repellent on all areas of exposed skin and not just dabbed on. However, to apply to the face you can first apply it to your hands and then rub on your cheeks avoiding contact with the eyes. Mosi-guard Natural has been shown to provide more than 10 hours of protection when applied directly to the skin.

Use a plug-in insecticide vaporiser
If you are sleeping in a room with air-conditioning this will discourage mosquitoes; otherwise you can take the following steps. Use a knockdown spray (any fly spray will do) to clear the room of mosquitoes. The plug-in insecticide vaporisers are very effective for overnight protection as long as the room is relatively free from draughts. The vaporisers consist of a heating pad onto which an insecticide soaked tablet is placed. The insecticide gradually vaporises throughout the night killing any mosquitoes that get into the room.

Use a mosquito net at night
Mosquito nets provide very good protection especially when impregnated with the residual insecticide permethrin. There are a number of different styles of mosquito net and you should choose the one most suitable for your journey.

Spray mosquito breeding grounds
If you are staying for long periods in areas where mosquitoes are a problem then remember that they breed in stagnant water. You should therefore try to ensure that breeding areas within 500 yards of accommodation are regularly sprayed or eliminated. Aedes mosquitoes which transmit dengue and yellow fever are active mainly during the day with their peak biting times shortly after sunrise and just before sunset. To avoid being bitten by these daytime biters it is best to avoid shady conditions outside in the late afternoon and if you take an afternoon siesta ensure you sleep under your mosquito net.

Biting insects in the UK
Fortunately you won't catch malaria or yellow fever from mosquitoes in the UK but mosquito bites are painful and irritating and are best avoided. Some people react very badly to mosquito bites and the bites themselves can become infected and unsightly. Mosquitoes are not the only problem. Anyone who has visited the West Coast of Scotland in the summer will know what a nightmare the plagues of biting midges can be.

Biting insects Abroad
In some parts of the world a mosquito bite can lead to more than just an itchy lump. Malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever and Japanese encephalitis are some of the conditions spread by mosquitoes but there are many others. Some of these diseases can prove rapidly fatal and all should be avoided. More of us are travelling abroad each year and we are travelling to increasingly exotic destinations. It might be obvious that travelling to some countries will put you at risk from insect transmitted diseases, but did you know that a serious mosquito transmitted disease is becoming increasingly common in the USA? West Nile virus has caused fatalities in some American towns and cities. Whenever you travel always think of Mosi-guard Natural and make sure your journey is enjoyable and safe.

Don't let biting insects spoil your leisure time!

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