How to Keep Disease-Laden
Mosquitoes At Bay


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World War II-era military cartoon on the importance of warding off mosquitoes armed with malaria

How to Keep Disease-Laden Mosquitoes at Bay


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by Taj Bates

Despite what we learned in school, man is not at the top of the food chain.

Mosquitoes are.

In many parts of the world, those little buggers are mini kamikaze pilots, armed to take you down with a deadly strain of malaria, dengue fever or yellow fever.

As well as less lethal viruses like Zika, West Nile and Chikungunya.

I’ve been on six continents, and I have encountered mosquitoes on every single one of them.

So how can you significantly decrease your chance of getting bitten by a kamikaze mosquito? It’s all in how you dress, how you smell and how you sleep.




STEP 1


Dress to Not Impress




STEP 1


Dress to Not Impress


  • Light-colored ensemble with wick moisture protection

    Light-colored ensemble with wick moisture protection | Columbia

  • A hiker walking along a trail wearing short shorts, his legs are covered with red mosquito bites

    A not-so-smart hiker in Colombia, where, in some parts, one could contract malaria or yellow fever | poirpom

Mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors and the eau of your skin.

So invest in a travel wardrobe comprised of light-colored clothes that cover most of your body—creating fewer places for those buggers to land.

To stay cool and dry in hot and humid climates, where mosquitoes thrive most, buy clothes with wick moisture protection and UPF sun protection via brands like Columbia.

Your new travel wardrobe will keep you cool and comfy no matter where you travel—from the city to the jungle.



STEP 2


Smell Like Death




STEP 2


Smell Like Death



There’s only one way you want to smell… like repellant.

You should bring mosquito repellant with you wherever you go, even to far north places like Greenland and Alaska, where mosquitoes are off-the-chain in summer.

Before your trip, visit the CDC Traveler’s Health website to determine whether you’re travelling to areas with a higher chance of contracting a mosquito-borne disease.

Low-Risk Zones

If you’re going to a mild mosquito zone, where there is little to no risk of contracting a deadly virus, you can use a natural, plant-based repellant like Repel Lemon-Eucalyptus, which is safer for your skin and the environment.




STEP 3


Be Stone Cold




STEP 3


Be Stone Cold



When staying overnight in a place with a high risk of crossing paths with a deadly mosquito, your best bet is to stay in lodging with air conditioning.

Mosquitoes don’t last long in a well air-conditioned room.

Just make sure the cold air is circulating throughout your entire accommodation, including the bathroom.

For extra protection, you could also bring along a plug-in room repellant like Mosqui-Go Duo, which will wipe out the mosquitoes in your room.