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mozzie repellant

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mozzie repellant

I'm showing my ignorance here, I know, but is it necessary to spray deet based insect repellant over your clothes or should you just spray on to exposed skin? I asked this question on another forum and was told that you can spray it over clothes but i wondered if it is really necessary. I know that you shouldn't apply under clothes and i assume that's because it is less effective?

Would appreciate some guidance from regular travellers/ contributors as it's my first time to this area. Thanks.

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1. Re: mozzie repellant

Hi katie,

Definately use a good repellant towards sunset and night over all exposed skin. I also spray my cap and shorts during the day to keep the nasties away. Don't forget to make sure you reapply before bed if you don't have a mozzie net over your bed.

Also, the time of year can make a difference to how many mozzies are around.

Hope this helps.

- K

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2. Re: mozzie repellant

Thanks. We are going in August, rainy season. Our accommodation has air con and i will use a plug in repellant.

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Dengue fever is prevalent. Use deet and cover up.

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4. Re: mozzie repellant

Thanks. Do i spray it over clothes too or just on exposed skin?

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5. Re: mozzie repellant

On your skin

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Thanks

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7. Re: mozzie repellant

Just remember - the dengue fever mossies bite in the day time. As Rufuscat mentioned these mossies are quite prevalent.

There is no vaccine nor medicine for dengue fever so mossie repellant and covering up is essential.

Re spraying yourself at night...to my knowledge the repellant wears off after 4 hours or so so it wouldn't protect you overnight. If I'm wrong on this one please let me know - I'd love to know about the overnight lasting repellant (for train and bus journeys - you wouldn't want to leave DEET on your skin overnight I don't think).

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8. Re: mozzie repellant

Hi,

"Re spraying yourself at night..."

You need to look for a 'controlled release' DEET based repellent, these can stay effective for up to 14 hours, they tend to be at higher concentrations of DEET.

Cheers

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9. Re: mozzie repellant

Thanks for that information about the slow release deet! If I'd known that I wouldn't have had to stay awake all night on a 20 hour trip in Myanmar swotting mossies from the compartment to protect the kids!!

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10. Re: mozzie repellant

Hi greenjoy,

3M make a good one, ultrathon or something like that, it's very good, even the military use it.

Cheers

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