Mosquitoes, breed in sandy conditions and congregate around water, especially untreated water. The salt plains near Playa Den Bossa are well known for the large amount of mosquitoes present. The airport is located near these plains and its a common zone for them., also the south of the Island. They are also prevalent after a shower of rain and at dusk, when they venture out from their hiding spots in search of blood to suck. When a victim hears that distinct, high pitched buzzing noise, synonymous with the insect, then they know they have just been bitten.
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Along with the Vitamin B tablets, I have found Avons Skin So Soft Original Dry Oil Body spray to be an effective deterrent (it smells good and is chemical free). The active ingredient in this spray is citronella, and it seems to work well for lots of people (myself included). Other effective mosquito sprays popular with locals on the Island is Autan insect repellent.(the chemical deet being the active ingredient). The chemical disguises your smell so the insect cant see you. They also use the Albaca (basil leaf) as a natural repellent.
Other precautions to take include not leaving bare skin exposed. A favourite area for Mosquitoes to target are the ankles and feet while a person sits at a table eating dinner. Try to avoid wearing dark clothing (you wont notice them as easily) shorts and sleeveless shirts after dusk. They can also bite through thin fabrics so spray if in doubt.
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For young babies in Cots, a mosquito net covering the cot works well, as it is a natural deterrent and chemical free. Some people suffer bigger reactions to bites so its always advisable to take a good anti-histamine tablet to stop inflammation of the bite.
If bitten, home remedies such as Lemon Juice, Toothpaste, Aloe Vera, Vinegar and moistened salt, rubbed directly onto the bite will help ease the pain.