It is a good thing to know how to avoid mosquito bites when going on a mission trip to a foreign country. The thought of being bitten by a mosquito is my worst nightmare when going on a mission trip. Unfortunately, I had this experience when I went on my first mission trip. This is why I am writing this post so that you can be better prepared, unlike me who was naive to the fact that mosquitoes were waiting to feast on my blood.
It started with a rash which was itching so bad that I ended up scratching my skin red raw to ease the pain – this only made it worse as what was just a tiny little ‘red bump’ now started to swell. The mosquito injects an anticoagulant, which causes the itchiness to prevent the blood from clotting.
What are mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes are small, midge-like disease-carrying flies that make a living by sucking the blood out of just about anything that moves, including us. It is only the female species that take blood as they need protein for their eggs in order to reproduce. Mosquitoes may carry any number of deadly diseases, including malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever, and encephalitis so you see how important it is to avoid mosquito bites. To lessen your risk of being bitten, and developing any of these diseases, it is important for you to have your vaccines as well as use the recommended preventative measures when entering countries with a mosquito populace.
When are mosquitoes most active?
Some are more active during the day. Others are most active at night, dusk or dawn. It all depends on your geographical region and the time of year plus other factors such as temperature.
What attracts mosquitoes?
Carbon dioxide which we exhale is the number one attraction for mosquitoes. Once they sense Carbon dioxide is in the air, it means a blood meal. But one of the more unusual attractants is your blood type. A few studies have shown that mosquitoes prefer people with type O blood.
Mosquitoes like sweet smelling perfume so if you are a lady that likes the latest “patchouli, jasmine and rose, along with a splash of orchid and freesia fragrance” please bear this in mind before you spray.
What to do if you’ve been bitten by a mosquito
- Do not scratch or aggravate the bite.
- Wash the bite with soap and water.
- Put on some calamine lotion or the sap from an aloe vera plant to help stop the itching
- Place an ice pack on the bite
- Use an anti-itch cream – instead of calamine lotion – to alleviate the itching
How to avoid mosquito bites
- Wear mosquito repellent.
- Consider an all-natural solution such as the incognito anti-mosquito repellent
- Wear loose, long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors.
- Sleep with a mosquito net over your bed.
What items I use on my mission trips to prevent mosquito bites
Now I know how deadly mosquitoes can be, there are 3 items which I carry with me on my mission trips:
- A mosquito repellent
- A mosquito net
- Anti-itch cream
These items are a must for me (and you) when going on mission trips. I have been to India and Kenya taking these items with me and returned home minus the mosquito bites.
I have used other repellents but the incognito anti-mosquito repellent is the one I would highly recommend. It has natural ingredients so is quite safe even for the most sensitive skins. It doesn’t have a strong smell like some of the others.
The LifeSytesms mosquito net comes in different sizes. The one I purchased I used as a covering directly over me when sleeping. There is no fear of suffocating, as there are 196 holes per square Inch; EX8 AntiMosquito is used to treat the net – the treatment lasts up to 2 years or 35 washes. I have had it for 5 years, I haven’t washed it yet and it is still effective, possibly due to the handy drawstring bag that it comes in.
There are many anti-itch creams on the market. You can save some money by using toothpaste to alleviate the itch by rubbing a small amount on the bite which can provide hours of relief due to toothpaste’s anti-inflammatory properties and ingredients like menthol and baking soda.
Remember: To enjoy your mission trip, you need to know how to avoid mosquito bites by taking preventative measures.
I hope you have received some handy tips from this post. If you have any questions or further comments on how to avoid mosquito bites, please feel free to leave them below.