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Remedies for mosquito bite prevention

Travel Forums General Talk Remedies for mosquito bite prevention

1. Posted by laulau777 (Budding Member 14 posts) 9y

Hi! I'm going on a trip to Sumatra Indonesia for a month really soon (in less than 2 weeks!), and I wanted to find out what other people might take to prevent mosquito bites. I've never actually been anywhere where mosquito transmitted diseases were a serious threat.

I've got malaria pills, and plenty of deet, but want to do everything I can to avoid being bitten.
I talked to my Doc who said to take Thiamine and vitamin B12, is this effective??
Oh, and I also know to eat plenty of garlic (no problem there!) and not to eat bananas.

What remedies have worked for you???
Any suggestions are greatly appreciated

2. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 9y

Wear long pants and shirts during dawn and dusk, and generally stay away from anywhere where there is standing water like ponds and such.

3. Posted by Lily... (Budding Member 106 posts) 9y

OFF! Mosquito Repellent Lotion on my skin does the trick for me.

Good luck and Take care on your trip! :)

4. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Laulau

U could also impregnate your clothes, with Permethrin.

Mel

5. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 9y

It is recommended to avoid wearing dark colored clothing as mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors. Also avoid wearing colognes and heavily scented cosmetics such as deodorants and skin care products. Unscented deodorants and cosmetics are available.

Mosquitoes are also drawn to foot odor - one of the reasons they attack the ankle area most often. If you will be wearing socks with shoes/boots, whenever possible, rinse your socks thoroughly before hanging them to dry over night. Also sprinkle a bit of talcum powder in your shoes/boots at the end of the day. This will help keep them drier and also works as a deodorizer, cutting down on the smells that attract the little biters.

Personally, I have not tried thaimine as a repellent, but some studies have shown it is effective. The recommended dosage is 25-50 milligrams taken 3 times daily. The vitamin (supposedly) produces an order through the skin that moquitoes do not like. The thiamine regimen should be started 2-3 weeks prior to yout travels to ensure full skin saturation. This odor is not detectable to humans.

6. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 9y

Quoting Isadora

Mosquitoes are also drawn to foot odor - one of the reasons they attack the ankle area most often. If you will be wearing socks with shoes/boots, whenever possible, rinse your socks thoroughly before hanging them to dry over night.

You could also just wear clean socks. ;)

7. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 9y

Quoting GregW

Quoting Isadora

Mosquitoes are also drawn to foot odor - one of the reasons they attack the ankle area most often. If you will be wearing socks with shoes/boots, whenever possible, rinse your socks thoroughly before hanging them to dry over night.

You could also just wear clean socks. ;)

I agree Greg, but sometimes you don't have enough clean ones for every day so if you have to wear a pair more than once before washing - rinse them well. I should have been more specific!! ;)