Learn about how to effectively prevent mosquito bites

1. Know the disease risks and the best way to avoid them

It is important that you seek advice from your local GP, travel clinic or pharmacist 6-8 weeks before travelling to understand if you need vaccines, boosters or malaria medication for your destination.

2. Wear the right clothing

When possible, wear loose fitting clothing with long sleeves and long trousers, socks and shoes. Wear loose clothing that is light in colour.

Try to reduce the use of fragrant perfumes and soaps as these can attract mosquitoes.

3. Use an effective insect repellent

It is important to use an insect repellent day and night, indoors and outdoors, on any exposed areas of skin. Use a high quality insect repellent containing 50% DEET (Jungle Formula Maximum). DEET can be used by pregnant women as there is no evidence that it has adverse effects on mother or unborn child.

DEET can be sprayed on non-synthetic clothes for extra protection.

If indoors, use a plug-in insecticide (please note that Jungle Formula Plug-In is not recommended for use by pregnant women

Insect repellent is most effective if applied:

According to instructions on packaging (applying to bare skin avoiding eyes, cuts or wounds).
Apply after sun-cream application (SPF 30+) not the other way round.
Reapply as necessary, if in an area where repellent is known to wear off at a quicker rate (i.e. warm, humid or wet conditions).

4. Use an effective insect repellent

If sleeping or resting in unscreened accommodation day or night, or sleeping outdoors, insecticide-treated mosquito nets should be used. Nets are more effective if treated with insecticide.

The nets should be free of tears and should be tucked under the mattress.

5. Feeling unwell? Call a doctor

If you feel unwell during or after your travel you should call a doctor immediately. Especially if you have a fever above 38 oC. Inform the doctor about your travel history in the past year.

If you are pregnant and have a history of travel to an area with active Zika virus transmission, see your GP or midwife and mention your travel history even if you have not been unwell.