Mosquito's and other Pests

Biting insects can be a real problem in some tropical areas, the least problem is an irritating bite the worst can be the transmission of a serious disease. Malaria is once again becoming a problem, control of insect populations is becoming more difficult, if not impossible. During a recent trip to Italy mosquito's were a problem for everyone we met, the locals told me that the marshes were sprayed but this no longer had an effect on the Mosquito's. Fortunatly the the Italian mosi's did not carry Malaria, but the bites were vicious.

If you are visiting a part of the World where Malaria is a problem adequate precautions must be taken to avoid mosquito bites. A high quality mosquito net reduces the risk of infection and provides valuable protection from the irritation of mosquito bites.

Whilst a mosquito net is recognised as the very best way to protect yourself from bites, to travel safely and ensure peace of mind you should take all the preventive measures you can. Use an effective insect repellant, if you're outside in the evenings try to wear long sleeves and long trousers to minimise the amount of exposed skin. Pyrethin coils and where you have electricity, plug-in repellants will also help to ensure a bug free environment.

High Risk Areas

Angola
Bangladesh
Belize
Benin
Bhutan
Bolivia
Burkino Faso
Burundi
Cambodia
Cameroon
Central African Rep'c
Chad
China
Comoros
Congo
Djibouti
Ecuador
Eq. Guinea
Eritrea
Ethiopia
French Guiana
Gabon
Ghana
Guinea
Guinea Bissall
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
India
Indonesia
Ivory Coast
Kenya
Lao
Liberia
Madagascar
Malawi
Mali
Mauritania
Mayotte
Mozambique
Myanmar
Nepal
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria
Oman
Pakistan
Papua New Guinea
Rwanda
Togo
Tanzania
Uganda
Vanuato
Venezuela
Viet Nam
Zaire
Zambia

Moderate to Low Risk Areas

Afganistan
Algeria
Argentina
Azerbaijan
Botswana
Cape Verde
Columbia
Domenican Rep'c
Egypt
Guatemala
Hong Kong
Iran
Iraq
Libya
Malaysia
Maldives
Muaritius
Mexico
Morocco
Namibia
Panama
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Syria
Tajikstan
Thailand (no risk
in tourist areas)
Turkey
UAE
Yemen
Zimbabwe

The following areas are regarded as free from Malaria:

  • USA
  • Canada
  • Western Europe
  • Japan
  • Australasia
  • and Singapore.

Source information, World Health Organisation and Swissnet UK plc, makers of Snug Impregnated Mosquito Nets.