Insects can transmit a number of diseases, such as malaria, dengue, yellow fever and tick bites. You can protect yourself against insect bites, both during the day and the evenings, by using anti mosquito products, protective clothing and a mosquito net.
Wear as much clothing as you can (long sleeves, long trousers, socks and closed shoes).
DEET (mosquito repellent)
Apply mosquito repellent (DEET) carefully and in accordance with the instructions.
- Apply sufficient DEET to all exposed areas of your skin.
- It is advisable to use products with a DEET concentration that is between 30-50 per cent (for young children and pregnant women it is advisable that the DEET concentration is less than 30 per cent).
- DEET 30 per cent products can be applied up to four times a day, for DEET 31-40 per cent the maximum frequency is three times a day, and for DEET 41-50 per cent the maximum is twice a day.
Make sure you keep the sleeping area mosquito-free (keep windows closed and only open them if you have good screens, if it’s available use air conditioning to keep the room cool or use an impregnated mosquito net).
DEET and pregnancy
Pregnant women may use DEET up to 30 per cent concentration throughout the pregnancy, but preferably no more, or not for longer, than is absolutely necessary for effective protection.
KLM Health Services Travel Clinics sell a variety of DEET products that offer protection against European and tropical mosquitoes, biting flies, horseflies, harvest mites, sand flies and ticks. Drop by our Travel Clinic for more information or buy anti-mosquito products directly online from our Travelshop.