I lived in malaria infested countries for the first 12 years of my life, but was lucky enough never to get it. One thing you realize pretty quickly though is that basically nothing will stop the critters from getting to you. One of the best things we used were these green coils that burn down overnight. My mother got malaria at least once, and was of course taking all the same pills/preventions we kids were, but sometimes you just get unlucky. For 'westerners' (that sounds so horrible), the disease is also quite manageable generally speaking, although it stays in your system for years. It's those that don't get treatment soon enough (or at all!), or with weak bodies, that really struggle.
not going into some of the other posts above other than to say Isa's already handled all that in her usual incredibly good fashion
I think the question was regarding deet and therefore stopping the mossies biting you (or at least trying to!!)
I was given a pamphlet by a Travel Doctor (and therefore a specialist!) It advises to.......
1) Wear light coloured clothing as mosquitoes are attracted to dark colours (particuarly dark blue)
2) Do not apply aftershave/perfume as they are attracted to these
3) Avoid malaria prone areas (eg: vessels holding water, discarded cans, tyres, and bottles in swampy water), and in addition well screened housing with fans or air conditioning is strongly advised.
4) Mosquito coils are recommended
5) Bed nets soaked in permethrin are recommended, you can also soak your clothing in permethrin.
6) Deet of up to 50%
I also heard that mossies dont like Yeast. In Sri Lanka we used to eat Marmite on toast in the morning.
Just found this article, as I'm very paranoid about absorbing harmful chemicals thru my skin (I use hemp moisturiser and don't use bubble baths, shower gel etc):
I'd be interested in finding some soyabean insect repellant but a quick Google isn't helping much. I may buy some DEET repellant bands that I can put on my clothes/shoes and bag, but not keen on putting it on my skin.....
If you dont want Deet on you skin then fully cover with clothing and spray that with deet. Not a problem. You can also soak you clothes in permethrin like I said above.
Quoting Post #37# Isadora....
Tropical Diseases Centre, Chorley Old Road, Lostock, Greater Manchester.
I 'Phew' once more.
Greetings from N.E. Bulgaria, where the mosquitoes are just about ready to attack. No Malaria here, thank goodness - but they still have the nastiest of stings and if you don't protect yourself (not going there again!!!!) you'll wake up in the morning with red lumps the size of peas all over yr bum.