Avoiding insect bites

Here are some useful tips to avoid getting bitten.

incognito® mosquito repellent is effective against all 3,500 different species of mosquito. However, if you do not follow the advice you may well get a few bites although the probability of getting bitten is significantly lower when you are using incognito® mosquito repellent. The chance of being bitten is lower still if you are using other incognito® products in conjunction with our spray and roll-on and following the tips below. It all boils down to risk management.

Mosquito activity peaks around dusk and dawn and it is advisable to stay indoors at these times if you are in a heavily insect-populated area or if you are getting attacked - you may need to be under a mosquito net if mosquitoes are entering your dwelling. NB Mosquitoes can and will bite through fabric, even thick jeans, so you can do one or a combination of these three things to shield yourself:

  • Apply incognito® spray or roll-on to your skin before dressing.
  • Apply a protective solution of Java citronella or incognito® spray/roll-on to your clothing.
  • Use ambient safeguards such as incognito® citronella incense sticks, or oil burners as these can halve the number of insects around you. NB Java citronella is at least twice as effective as ordinary common citronella, because insects have not built up any resistance to it.

Studies show conclusively that black, blue and green will attract mosquitoes, as do floral patterns, so clothing should ideally be white. Light olive and light brown are also ok. Here is a useful acronym for basic protection: C.L.O.A.K.

C – Cover up arms and legs with suitable clothing.

Mosquito Alert

L – Light coloured clothing is strongly advisable. Mosquitoes are attracted to dark colours.

O – Odours, bodily or otherwise like certain kairomones and perfumes are strong attractants. Therefore washing thoroughly which includes exfoliating with a loofah and using incognito® hair & body wash is essential to minimise your attractiveness to biting & stinging insects.

A – Apply incognito® spray or roll-on & reapply when necessary.

K – Keep away from stagnant water.

Always sleep under a good quality impregnated mosquito net and prepare it before you go out for the evening. Avoid emitting carbon dioxide, for example, by burning a candle as this invites insects in, burn Java citronella oil in an oil burner or citronella incense sticks instead.

Spray incognito® on and around your door before entering as mosquitoes often lay in wait on the outside of doors and windows and this simple procedure helps to keep them out of your dwelling.

Wrap laundry up in plastic bags or other airtight containers and keep all luggage closed! Stay in screened accommodation or other safe refuges, where possible.

Avoid all fragrances. Some, such as lavender actually attract insects – just look closely at a lavender bush! Be aware that most toiletries and sunscreens along with most fabric softeners contain scent. Be aware of your odour output.

Use incognito® soaps to be fully camouflaged. Nearly all ordinary soaps contain insect attractants making it very hard to avoid mosquito bites.

A lot of mosquitoes zero in on the ears, wrists and ankles because this is where the skin is thinner and blood vessels are nearer the surface; which is one of the reasons women generally get bitten more than men. So, it is a good idea to wash with incognito® soaps or incognito® Hair & Body Wash, then spray and or use our moisturiser. Always use the spray last.

When walking through the countryside, tuck your trousers into your socks and spray liberally with incognito® anti mosquito all over. If you are going to be at risk from Ticks it is a sensible idea to bring your own Tick Remover. It can be very risky removing a Tick with tweezers because its innards can be squeezed inside the host. There is a special NHS Unit in the Midlands that deals solely with Tick bites.

In acute malarial areas e.g. Parts of Africa, India, SE Asia, etc. it is really important that you take maximum precautions to avoid mosquito bites, when at risk, because half measures could entail you getting bitten. And remember even the best anti-malaria tablets do not guarantee against contracting malaria, only not getting bitten can!