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How to avoid mosquito bites

Mosquito bites can be a real pain when you're on holiday, but depending on the country that you are travelling to, they can also be dangerous because they can transmit diseases like malaria. Here is some advice on steps you can take to prevent bites when you are on holiday...

How to avoid mosquito bites

1. Know the risks

Most mosquitoes bite between the hours of late evening and sunrise, and are generally most active around sunset. If you're venturing out during this time, take extra precautions.

2. Cover up

The simplest, and often most effective, way of preventing bites is to cover up your skin. Opt for long sleeves and covered shoes if you're in an area where mosquitoes are prevalent. Although few of us want to spend our holidays wrapped up in layers, a light cotton or silk long sleeved top can help keep you cool and prevent sunburn. Do bear in mind that mosquitoes can bite through very fine layers.

3. Do you need a net?

Because most mosquito bites occur during the night, lots of people in tropical countries sleep under mosquito nets. Luxury hotels tend not to require nets, but if you are camping, staying in an apartment or smaller budget hotel, it is well worth considering. Just remember to keep the net firmly tucked in during the day and night so that no mosquitoes can get inside.

4. Bug spray

A good bug spray will help to stave off mosquitoes. They're widely available from chemists in the UK and abroad.

5. Wear light coloured clothing

Research has shown that mosquitoes are attracted to dark coloured clothing, so where possible, wear light colours in the evening.

6. Leave the ceiling fan on

A good way to prevent mosquito bites overnight is to leave the ceiling fan on. This can kill stray bugs that get into your room.

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