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Travel Expert’s Guide to Mosquitos.

Yesterday I went to the beach and got attacked by a swarm of Mosquitos. They were literally everywhere. No idea where they came from or why, so I posted the question to our Travel Experts and this is what they came up with.

Travel Expert’s guide to surviving mosquitos while traveling.

What attracts Mosquitos?

Skin Temperature – Heat radiated from a human body helps mosquitos locate areas where blood vessels are closer to the skin. Blonde Hair – Blondes tend to be more attractive to misquotes than darker hair. Carbon Dioxide – Mosquitos can detect CO2 from up to 150 Feet. Moisture/Sweat – When a human sweats, they produce extensive amounts of moisture that naturally attract mosquitos Fragrance/skin care products – Aroma of flowers and fruits easily attract misquotes. Genes – Our body produces hundreds of different odors which depending on your genes are strong mosquito’s attracters. Lactic Acid – Is extensively released from our body when exercising, and eating salty food. Dark Clothing – Avoid wearing dark and tight clothing. Movements - Mosquitos can detect movement on a human body by observing changes in light waves near them.

Wear protective clothing when traveling to mosquito or malaria areas.

A special hat with neck and ear protection- Head and neck are one of the less protected human body areas where mosquitos like to bite. Loose and light clothing that covers body parts – Clothing must be thick enough so a mosquito cannot slip its proboscis through the fabric and puncture the skin.

Insect repellents available:

Deet (Chemical Based) Deet is the strongest and most popular active substance used in insect repellent such as sprays, lotions and wipes, containing deet in concentrations from 10 to 99%. These products can offer up to 12 Hours of protection time. Citronella oil (Natural oil obtained from lemongrass) is the most popular active ingredient in natural mosquito repellent. The pros of this one are that it will not pollute water and natural habitats when you wear it.   Bands and wearable personal repellent – usually organic or low in chemical usage, they can be worn on your body (see Lewis N Clark MosRepel bands) to provide a personal shield to repel mosquitos around you. Keep in mind that some of the chemicals can harm the local wild life, so when in doubt go for natural and organic. When bitten by a mosquito do NOT scratch. Instead rub Aloe Vera, Tea Tree Oil or Peppermint to relieve the itch.  Lemon Balm and Lavender too can keep the mosquito itch at bay.

Malaria

  How do you know if you’ve got Malaria?
  • It starts with a quick painless bite from a mosquito carrying the malaria parasite.
  • Within minutes the parasite travels to the liver.
  • First Symptoms are flu-like, headache fever and nausea.
  • But if it goes untreated malaria can cause severe anemia, respiratory distress, brain infection, liver failure, shock, coma and seizure.
  • Remember, all of that from a preventable treatable disease, if you are going to a malaria active country seek treatment as soon as the headaches begin.
Artemisinin-based Combination Therapy (ACT) is a combination of two compounds, one derived from a plant. ACTs are recommended by for first – time treatment in 79 countries. The Novartis Act has demonstrated a cure rate of 95% in clinical trials yet old anti-malaria medicine like Chloroquine and Sulphadoxide-Pyrimethamine have lost their effectiveness due to bacteria resistance

ZIKA

  Zika, one among the many health threats on the planet, is a mosquito born disease. The virus is spread primarily thought the bite of Aedes Aegyptus mosquitoes. These are the same mosquitos that cause disease like dengue and chikungunya. First outbreak of Zika virus was identified in Africa, it covered Pakistan, India and Indonesia. It hit Brazil and Colombian in 2015

How do you know if you have Zika?

  • It starts with a headache and fatigue.
  • It progresses to a mild fever and conjunctivitis.
  • Pain in the joints follow and a skin rash.
Zika mostly transfers via Aedes Species but can also transfer via blood transfusion and sexual contact. Stay safe in your travels. Make sure you protect yourself from mosquitos they kill 5 million people every year. They are the #2 Killer of humans worldwide, followed by other humans. Use the prevention techniques and follow the advice of the Travel Experts to keep your travel mosquito interaction safe and avoid the spread of dangerous diseases across borders.

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