Firstly, are there lots of Mozzies in the Yucatan in June/July, which is the height of the rainy season? I got eaten alive by them in Perth, Australia and for some of my 2 week trip we are camping in tents.....what's the best brand of spray on repellant, or lotion? There seem to be lots on eBay but I don't know the reputation of the brand, ie this one or this one
I won't need a mozzie net at night for in the tents will I?
Sorry for the noob questions
[ Edit: Wrapped links to not stretch page. ]
I had big problem with repellants in Thailand recently. I could not tolerate the citronella based type, and had to switch to the Deet product. Unless you want to get bitten, I would say that you do need a net for your tent. Also depends on what body type you are - many sweat and attract them this way (that's me).
I'm not a "sweaty" person in general :D but I dunno what I'll be like in the rainy season with 80% humidity.....someone once told me that those tumble drier sheets repel mozzies too, not sure if it's true or not. I have no idea if I'd have a reaction to citronella or deet tbh, I guess I should get both type and just see? The electronic repellants look interesting but do they work!
There is a brand called BUSHMAN's that is meant to be the best. I have only seen it in Oz so not sure if it is available where ever you are.
There are different types with different strenths of DEET in them (20%, 50% & 80%). Unless you are going to somewhere that has a serious problem i would go for the 20%-50% Deet as i have been told the stronger one might burn your skin depending how sensitive you are.
[ Edit: Edited on 01-Apr-2009, at 20:09 by jadeverell ]
uh oh, I just bought some 80% deet ... I hope it's ok on my skin
I've been adviced to take vit b tablets a few months before going as well as mozzy repellent for a little bit extra protection. Makes the skin taste funny so i'm not so yummy for mozzies.
Brewer's yeast tablets. 1 a day keeps the nasties away.
Make sure it has N,N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide (DEET) as an active ingredient.
As I said in Post#7#.... Brewers yeast tablets - 100% natural ingredients and no chemicals, do the job. They let off a smell through the skin that we can't smell, but the mosquito can. They stay away, you don't get bitten and no insect or human gets hurt.
Redpaddy - I hope you would not give your advice about brewers yeast tablets to someone entering a malarias zone? There are huge problems today with effective prophylaxis against malaria due to resistance to many antimalarials. Therefore it is essential to prevent bites. There is much scientific data on this subject, so when lives may be at stake we need to be responsible with the advice we give.
"A variety of chemicals have been used to repel biting insects and other arthropods such as ticks and mites. The two most commonly used active ingredients are N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide (DEET) and ethyl hexandiol. DEET repels a greater variety of insects than ethyl hexandiol, and DEET is generally recognized as the most effective active ingredient in repellents. Mosquitoes, chiggers and ticks are readily repelled by formulations containing DEET. By comparison, deer flies and horse flies are less sensitive to the chemical, but satisfactory relief from these noxious pests may be obtained if the repellent is applied liberally. Repellents may interfere with the insect's ability to detect attractant chemicals that animals produce or they may prevent biting insects from landing. However, they may not keep insects from swarming around prospective victims. Effective repellent products should several hours of protection if they are not washed off by rain or sweat."
Vitamin B1 (thiamine chloride), garlic, brewer's yeast and other plant-based chemicals have been reported to repel mosquitoes when taken orally. Some of these materials are marketed in tablet form, and the manufacturers claim that protection from mosquitoes will last up to 24 hours after taking one tablet. To date, the results of several scientific studies do not support the claims that these materials are effective repellents for mosquitoes or other biting insects, mites or ticks."
[ Edit: Putting link behind anchor text to shorten and stop design on page breaking. ]