Just out of interest.
This maby a dumb question but I have traveled to a few mosquito countrys like france where everyone I was with was getting quite a few a day and on each of these trips I was never biten so they must not take interest in the odor coming off me. I am off to Southeast Asia soon and I was wondering if its likely to happen there as well?
I am still taking precautions like the jabs and insect repelents.
You seem quite lucky. Obviously take insect repellent, but with the risk of getting malaria i'd rather pay and get malaria tablets. Hundreds of thousands die from it each year. Only downside is that it is an additional cost and some disagree with taking drugs and resort to not getting bitten in the first place. Personally i'd buy them over the chance of the risk.
First of all I would check with your Tropical Health Centre about vaccinations and they will tell whether you need to take any Malaria medication with you or not. I strongly recommend that you do, Malaria is a serious health risk and can ruin your whole trip. If you have to take any medication start taking them a few weeks before the trip to see if you get any side effects.
And I would also recommend buying a mosquito net, sometimes you might be in an accomodation that doesn't have any. Just to be prepared.
I tend not to get bitten much my mosquitos when I am at home. On the road, I don't get bitten much either, but I do occasionally get bitten. On the road, I think I take a more lax washing routine (more likely to just dip in the ocean and put on some deodrant than go through the whole washing routine), so I probably make myself more attractive to the mossies.
Anyway, I find that the DEET, while good, is not 100%.