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Whether live in a area or not, can make your life hell – especially at night. Here’s what can do to get rid of these pests.

People attract  through the heat and chemical substances produced by their bodies. The carbon dioxide we breathe out is the biggest attraction.

Drink me!
No preventive medicines are 100% effective against  but it would be unwise not to take them. Chloroquine can be used only in areas that don’t have chloroquine-resistant . Use Malarone, doxycycline or primaquine in these areas. Another common drug, mefloquine (Lariam), has an unpleasant side-effect: it sometimes makes people think they’re going mad.

What’s more, the parasite is becoming resistant to it. Some medicines aren’t suitable for small children, pregnant women and porphyria sufferers so ask your pharmacist.

10 natural mosquito repellents

  • cinnamon oil
  • citronella oil
  • eucalyptus oil
  • castor oil
  • rosemary oil
  • citron grass
  • cedar oil
  • oil of cloves
  • geranium oil
  • peppermint oil

What attracts ?
Have ever wondered why seem to single out?

Research has shown have strong likes and dislikes. Here are a few indicators – some scientifically proven and others just conjecture – as to what these pesky insects prefer. . . .

  • prefer blondes to brunettes.
  • like kids better than adults.
  • zone in on women who’re ovulating.
  • adore smelly feet.
  • like sweet-smelling perfume.
  • are attracted by lactic acid, which your body releases naturally after exercise.
  • like if use certain medications such as ones for heart disease, blood pressure and high cholesterol.

The natural products above will keep mosquitoes away but they must be applied every two hours, About.com reports. Natural products aren’t necessarily safer or as effective as chemical products and manufacturers’ directions should be followed at all times.


Are planning a trip to northeastern Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, the Kruger Park, other countries in Africa south of the Sahara, Central or South America or any tropical region in Asia? In that case see your doctor or pharmacist to find out about antimalarial drugs at least six weeks before leave.

  • Spray mosquito repellent aerosol on your skin, sleep under a mosquito net and between sheets treated with mosquito repellent and wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants in the early mornings and at dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Plug-in devices with pads or small bottles of mosquito repellant work very well.
  • Consult your doctor if have any flu-like symptoms after a trip to a area and after ’ve stopped taking antimalarial drugs.

Did you know?
Only the female mosquito bites- it uses the protein in our blood to produce eggs.

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