Are you off for a staycation and some serious downtime for a weekend getaway? School is almost out for summer, according to the now famous Alice Cooper song! For most of us, this means getting out and about in the great outdoors. Enjoying the wonderful summer weather is one aspect. But fighting bugs is an entirely different matter.
Mosquitoes are one of the most dangerous creatures on planet earth. They can spread harmful diseases, too. If you take a brief trip into a hotspot for a weekend getaway, take precautionary measures. This will reduce the risk of infection.
Depending on where you plan to go, they can cause many serious diseases. Here is a list of some of the serious diseases mosquitoes carry.
Take enough precautions when travelling for short periods to countries around Africa. This is a breakdown of some of the serious diseases an infected mosquito can cause. Best to slather on the mosquito repellent and wear Mozzie Patches before going away.
Dengue fever is one of the deadliest diseases caused by the female Aedes mosquito. The Dengue mosquito larvae multiply in the body’s cells. Some symptoms include high fever, joint pain, and headaches. It also causes a severe rash.
Before 1970, we only found dengue in 9 countries. Dengue is not endemic in over 100 countries worldwide.
We find the West Nile Virus in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. It is also endemic to North America and West Asia. Culex mosquitoes cause the virus, which is common in animals and birds. The virus spreads from breast-feeding mothers to their children.
They spread the virus through the saliva of humans, and it affects brain tissues and the blood of humans.
Female Anopheles mosquitoes are carriers of the Malaria virus. Infected mosquitoes transmit the malaria virus into the bloodstream. The virus then migrates to the liver, which disrupts the body’s functionality.
Malaria symptoms include fever, sweating, chills, and headaches. Prevention is advisable. Use a natural repellent like Mozzie Patches made of 100% Vitamin B1.
Yellow fever is common throughout the continent of Africa. We also find it in South America. The female Aedes aegypti mosquito carries the disease.
Even travelling for short periods calls for the right mosquito preventative measures. Whether you are away for 1 day or for a month. You still need to prevent mosquito bites and infectious diseases.
Only travel during the low mosquito breeding season to reduce the risk of malaria. Check your destination. This is important if the areas you are visiting are mosquito spots.
Check disease control and the WHO website to find out more about vector-borne diseases and areas. Google search for the best in-depth information before planning a weekend getaway.
Wear light colours to prevent the bite. Dark colours provide mosquitoes with the perfect target for their next blood meal.
Mosquito activity depends on the type of mosquito. The period between dusk and dawn is usually a no-go zone for most mosquito species.
The reason for increased mosquito activity during these times is it is much cooler. It is often also less windy.
The wings of mosquitoes are flimsy. Less windy environments are ideal for them to move around.
Try planning your activities around these times wherever possible.
Wherever possible, remove dishes and buckets of standing water. Mop up puddles after rain. Beach getaways usually include beach buckets and spades. These create mosquito breeding sites.
All standing water provides a perfect breeding environment for mozzies. It’s a good idea to remove even a couple of ounces of water to avoid mosquito activity. Even bird baths.
Standing water provides mosquitoes with the perfect breeding environment! Getting rid of puddles and water in vessels will limit mosquito activity.
Because mosquitoes are poor flyers, keeping the air moving will avoid bites. The reason is moving air from fans and air conditioning makes it difficult for them to fly near you.
Applying the above hints and tips will go a long way to fight the bite. Wearing the right clothes and avoiding peak mosquito activity is one way. Using mosquito nets will also help.
Natural is always the best. Burn citronella candles and wear Mozzie Patches. Patches will keep the bite away, naturally, for up to 36 hours. This is an effective repellent for everyone.
A weekend away is a short period but can have dire consequences if not handled with care. Only travel during malarial mosquito low times to avoid getting sick. If you felt unwell or experience a loss of appetite after visiting a malarial hotspot, get medical care right away.