The summer holidays are here. It is the best time of the year for the great outdoors in South Africa. Don't let the buzz of insects ruin your fun in the sun. As the weather warms, it is also that time of the year for bugs to appear. Getting rid of ants, mosquitoes, spiders, mozzies, and ticks could prove difficult.
Keep your family protected in South Africa this holiday season. Avoid mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria if you travel to malaria hotspots. We tell you how to fight the bite! You can prevent mosquito bites with these handy tips.
Itchy red bites might seem like part of the warm summer months. But this need not spoil your fun. We have some handy tips for a healthy holiday. Mozzie Patches are natural and great for repelling mosquitoes.
Mosquitoes, ticks, bees, spiders, and wasps can cause nasty bits. Yet others cause diseases. Like the malaria parasite. Build these tips into your travel plans this summer:
Wherever you can, get the kids to wear long sleeves and long pants. Light, loose clothing is the best deterrent. Remember to factor in precautionary measures when making travel plans.
Light coloured clothes are best. Cotton is cool and light even on the hottest days. Dark or brightly coloured clothing attracts mosquitoes and ticks. Dress the kids in long pants and closed shoes. Tuck long pants into socks.
Shirts with collars are also a great idea to prevent bites around the neck area. Long sleeves not only prevent bites. They protect the skin from sunburn. Wherever possible, avoid wearing floral prints. Dark clothing makes it hard to spot ticks.
The best cure for bug bites is to avoid being outdoors during their active times. Mozzies are at their busiest at dusk and dawn. If you cannot avoid being outdoors during these times, dress the kids appropriately. Avoid wearing perfumed creams and sprays wherever possible. Scented lotions are a draw card for flies, wasps and bees.
It's so confusing choosing the right repellent for your family. The best way to protect your children is to find out which ones are safe to use. If your baby is younger than 18 months old, it is best to avoid insect repellents for many reasons. Rather dress them correctly. If in doubt, speak to your health care professional for advice.
If you are planning to take children on safari, contact your healthcare professional for advice.
Preventing mozzies from getting inside is a clever way to prevent bites this summer. Avoid direct contact by placing screens over doors and windows. Check mosquito screens and nets for tears and holes. Select a breezy corner when outdoors. This will help prevent mozzie bites. You can also enjoy a mosquito-free, festive season. Use fans and install air conditioning units. Plug-in fans are great for discouraging mosquitoes. Remember to keep the flow of air pointed to the lower body. Mosquitoes will fly close to the ground to avoid wind and breezes.
DEET has been around for over 40 years. When used correctly, DEET poses no health risks. Even to children. Some say DEET is safe to use. Others, however, believe it can be harmful. Learn more about DEET before using it on your children. Although many believe that DEET is a beneficial chemical in repelling mozzies, there are still some concerns. A few deaths and seizure disorders have even been reported. More research needs to be done to find out how safe or dangerous DEET is.
Picaridin is a chemical related to the black pepper plant. We use Picaridin in Zika hotspots to repel disease-carrying mosquitoes, and outside the United States.
There is no need to use toxic mozzie repellents this summer if you can use Mozzie Patches instead. Taking Vitamin B tablets is not an effective method to repel mosquitoes. However, Vitamin B absorbed through the skin repels insects. Mozzies hate the taste and "marmitey" smell of the Vitamin B on your skin.
Many insect repellents don't smell good and are not healthy to use. Our Mozzie Patches are fragrance-free. Plus, they are not harmful to use, as they are natural. Mozzie Patches last for up to 36-hours. You can even swim and shower with them.