Mosquito are a type of insect most commonly found in hot climates. There are around 3,500 species of mosquitoes and many of these breeds feed on human blood. Mosquitoes are more than a nuisance, as they carry diseases and viruses, most commonly:
West Nile virus
These are passed on when mosquitoes feed, and the consequent diseases can be lethal without treatment.
Mosquito nets - Standard Mesh Nets that prevent mosquitoes
Insecticide treated Mosquito nets - Nets treated with insect repelling chemicals.
Nosquito - Clothing treated with insect repelling chemicals.
Repellent sprays- Usually containing DEET.
Mosquitoes can be repelled with an insect repellent, but for most mosquitoes, natural repellents aren’t tough enough, so its important to have a strong solution particularly solutions containing DEET. Nosquito refers to clothing, created by Craghoppers but available with other brands that is impregnated with mosquito repelling treatments, in order to provide repellency without a spray.
Mosquito Nets are nets specifically designed to keep mosquitoes away from you, and can come in a size for both single and double beds.
Created with a fine mesh, and treated with a repellent, mosquito nets have very fine holes, small enough to allow fresh air to ventilate, whilst also being small enough to prevent insects from entering. Mosquito nets pack down light and small, making them particularly useful for camping and travelling.
Mosquito net sizes
Mosquito nets typically come in 'Solo or 'Duo' sizes for single or double beds respectively. Micro sized nets are even smaller and ideal for small trips, and minimising pack weight. Shapes vary from:
Pyramid - Hangs in a triangle covering the bed.
Wedge - Literally designed as a sloping wedge shape, this offers extra protection to the face and body as you sleep.
Geodesic - A freestanding dome style of net.
Box- A 5 sides box that covers around your sleeping area.
Your choice should be made on how the net will hang, how much space you have, both in your living quarters and in your pack.
Insecticide treated mosquito nets - ITN
Nearly all mosquito nets are treated with Permethrin or Deltamethrin and are known as Insecticide-treated nets (ITN). ITN treated styles have been considered nearly twice as effective at preventing bites than non treated nets. Permethrin and Deltamethrin are completely harmless coatings to people but kills mosquitoes that land on it.
Mosquito repelling clothing - 'Nosquito'
Nosquito is the name for Craghoppers own brand of insect repelling clothing. Able to repel insects, Nosquito has been proved to reduce bites by 90% by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
LLIN (Long Lasting Insecticidal Mosquito Nets)
The alternative are LLIN , or Long-lasting insecticidal mosquito nets where the polyester netting and the insecticide are blended with a slow release resin and a polyethylene fibre, allowing the treatment to be released slower.
These are more expensive and for most travellers a treated ITN net will suffice. Effectiveness of dipped treatments such as ITN’s and Pyrethoid blends decrease over a year, and should ideally be reimpregnated with a coating for maximum effectiveness, or replaced.
Homemade Bug Spray Instructions
Fill spray bottle (I used 8 ounce) 1/2 full with distilled or boiled water.
Add witch hazel to fill almost to the top.
Add 1/2 tsp vegetable glycerin if using.
Add 30-50 drops of essential oils to desired scent. The more oils you use, the stronger the spray will be.
Homemade Bug Spray Recipes That Work | Wellness Mama
Lemon Eucalyptus Mosquito Repellent Ingredients:
lemon eucalyptus oil sunflower oil or Witch Hazel
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