Try using non-toxic repellents. At night, I recommend using a mosquito net. These can be easily packed in a travel bag. And then, you can use non-toxic mosquito repellent wristbands which pretty much protects your entire personal space. These can be used for many hours and then put away in a ziplock bag to be reused the next day. These wristbands use geraniol oil which is part rose oil, citronella oil and lemon oil etc and naturally protects against mosquitos. I usually travel with these wristbands and either loop them on my belt buckle or put them on my ankle or wrist. For my little ones, I loop them on their buckles from behind so that they don't play around with them. You can get these at drugstores, Sears or even online at -snip-
Cheers and happy travelling
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you could also use a spray containing permethrin and spray your clothes and mosquito net instead.
To avoid any potential confusion: permethrin is a high-toxicity insecticide which cannot be used on the skin!!
It can be used to treat clothes and mosquito nets, but is no substitute for products like DEET-based repellents for use on the skin. Besides, it is extremely bad for the environment, much more so than DEET.
"SERIOUS JUNGLE" Get yourself some of that. Its very good and I'd like to recomend it to you. I've used it many times and its extemley effective. 50% deet...
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i am no guru, but permethrin-treated nets have been distributed for years in communities where vector-born diseases are endemic by the world health organization due to their efficacy in protecting vulnerable populations. it´s down to the death of a child or the death of a fish.
for rubber-necking tourists, if you really care about protecting the rainforests, save your $300 one-week steamy jungle trek and donate it to a good ngo.
..but if you really have to go and you say you care about the environment then use a natural repellant such as lemon eucalyptus and re-apply it every 2 hours.
My suggestion is to go to your nearest tropical diseases centre and get some free advice on it. I have just returned from Mexico and the mosquitoes were more than very nasty. My local advisor gave me one of the latest treatments, it was a liquid thast looked liked water and had no smell to it at all. I cant remember what it was called but that doesnt come into it anyway, as the chances are Mexican mozzys are different to the ones in C.R.
There are so many breakthroughs with mozzy zappers nowadays that the chances are a remedy mentioned today will out of date in a month.
I would like to go against the majority here in this post. THE BEST REPELLENT IS CACTUS JUICE! It is 100% natural and if you really wanted you could drink it. They even have one with sunscreen built in. I have used some repellent with very high levels of DEET ( I think it was 85%, british stuff) while I was in Thailand and still got bit. Put on a bit of the Cactus Juice my friend brought, and not a bite. It is all natural, safe for the environment, non toxic, and won't eat through your nylon backpack. Check it out.
I am heading off to the CIWY wild animal refuge in Bolivia, a place where you cant use DEET based repellants so have bought some 'Incognito' which supposedly masks your natural smell. Not tried it on mossies yet so keeping my fingers crossed as it is damned expensive.
Like the sound of the Cactus juice, shall see if I can get it in the UK. If anyone can reccommend other natural products that really work, please tell. The mossies where I am going apparantly have bigger bites that the Jaguars!