This site is one of the best resources on the web for avoiding mosquito and other insect bites. It contains the most currently available scientific research information in a simple easy-to-understand format. By following the directions on this page it is possible to avoid all insect bites.
Maybe you are a mosquito-magnet or only get bitten occasionally? Whoever you are, precaution and some thought and energy is needed to prevent getting bitten. Even if you rarely or never get bitten it is worth reading, especially if you are going to the tropics for the first time. The following advice depends on the intensity of the resident insect population and weather conditions – most insects cannot fly properly in a breeze or when it is raining (obviously this doesn’t apply if you are inside or under cover), though do make sure you carry protection for when the situation unexpectedly changes. Although we mainly talk about mosquitoes the advice broadly applies to all insects along with certain arachnids such as spiders and Ticks.
Different species of mosquito are attracted to varying kairomones so a strategy in one place may not work in another. However, as incognito is effective against many of the 3,500 different species of mosquito you will be protected provided you use it properly. According to tests carried out by one of the worlds leading teaching universities the active ingredient is 100% effective in the short term and is in the “maximum effectiveness” category, the same as 100% Deet or other deadly pesticide. In fact recent studies have shown the efficacy of Deet is dropping due to its over use. Any resistive genetic traits are quickly exhibited as the females mosquito can reproduce every 2 weeks. In comparison, if you are using incognito spray with an LLI mosquito net then it is clinically proven to protect against malaria. However, if you do not follow the advice you may get a few bites although the probability of getting bitten is significantly lower when you are using incognito repellent. The chance of being bitten is lower still if you are using other incognito products and following the tips below. Its all boils down to effective 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. If you choose to be outside, wear a long sleeved, light coloured top and full length trousers, tucking them into socks if the mozzies are intense. Spray protection on ANY exposed skin and spray your clothing as well.
NB Mosquitoes can and will bite through fabric, even jeans, so you can do one or a combination of these three things to shield yourself:
- Apply protection to your skin before dressing, preferably using incognito anti mosquito spray.
- Apply a protective solution to your clothing, a natural product is recommended to avoid staining. Remember that DEET dissolves synthetic fabrics and is likely to stain natural ones.
- Use ambient safeguards such as incognito citronella incense sticks, mosquito coils (never sleep in the same room as a burning mosquito coil as this can cause serious respiratory problems. The same applies to some plug-ins or mosquito mats. Always read the label thoroughly), citronella or oil burners as these can halve the number of insects around you. NB Java citronella is at least twice as effective as the ordinary common variety.
In fact it is a good idea to always cover up with suitable clothing and wear protection at night – preferably chemical free. Studies show conclusively that black, blue and green attract mosquitoes, as do floral patterns so clothing should ideally be white, tan of light brown.
Always sleep under a good quality impregnated net and have it ready before you go out for the evening. Avoid emitting carbon dioxide, for example, by burning a candle as this invites insects in. Use one of the above burning instruments 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 many toiletries and sunscreens along with most fabric softeners contain scent.
- Exfoliate every 2 or 3 days to remove the impurities within skin pores that skin bacteria feed off emitting a powerful kairomone in the process. Use our luxury loofah soap or any other exfoliator, preferably with our shampoo or lemongrass citronella soap.
- Use incognito soaps to be fully camouflaged. Most ordinary soaps contain insect attractants.
- If possible, pick a breezy spot when sitting or standing around. In the tropics this is usually a relief from the heat. Mosquitoes don’t fly well in windy conditions or in air-conditioned rooms. Conversely, when it is hot they can manoeuvre like fighter pilots!
- Reapply natural products more frequently than toxic chemical ones.
- Mosquitoes are also drawn to water as this is where they breed. Stay away from stagnant water if possible.
- Perspiration is a common kairomone. Reapply protection after swimming and washing. Many people get bitten after washing their hands as they forget to reapply protection, so remember after those bathroom breaks to reapply incognito! Any exposed non-protected skin is an open invitation!
- 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 our 3-in-1, then spray and or use our moisturiser then spray on top. Always use a spray last.
- Mosquito killing machines are nowhere near as effective as incognito anti mosquito spray because “whole-host odors (i.e. a body) are more attractive than CO2 and lactic acid alone.” (Geier M, Sass H, Boeckh J. A search for components in the human body odor that attract female aedes aegypti 1996).
- Larger persons tend to attract more mosquitoes because of the greater surface area of skin they emit more kairomones – every individual skin cell produces CO2, lactic acid, heat, etc. So if you fall into this category you will not only need to be extra vigilant, you will also need to apply more incognito products more frequently in order to fully protect yourself.
- Although some people swear by certain supplements, such as Thiamine which can be in the form of vitamin B1 or B6, patches or tablets, these will not give you 24 hour protection and therefore should not be used exclusively as the probability is that you will get bitten.
- 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 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.
- Read our How To Use incognito Products Page BEFORE you travel.