You have been preparing for weeks for your hiking trip by arranging for a guide, re-lacing your hiking boots and learning how to use your compass. Perhaps you have even researched the foreign area you will be exploring and made notes on the map you will use. Another important thing that you won’t want to forget to do is be prepared for mosquitoes and ticks.
Although the threat of mosquitoes and ticks might sound minuscule, these little creatures can carry big consequences such as diseases like yellow fever and malaria. To be prepared for mosquitoes and ticks the CDC recommends the following preventative measures:
Before your adventure takes place, check the regional disease transmission patterns and outbreaks to ensure the area you are headed to does not have a warning.
Dress to NOT impress: The mosquitoes and ticks that is. To avoid giving them easy access to biting you, wear clothes that cover as much skin as possible. Long pants should be tucked into socks or boots and shirts should be long sleeved. It is best to avoid shoes that are open such as sandals.
Don’t Bring Home Guests:
After your time outdoors ensure that you don’t have any ticks attached to your clothes or body. If one is found, remove it promptly.
Use a Repellent:
Not all repellents are made equal. Ensure that your repellent is providing you with long-lasting protection. Look for repellents that contain the following ingredients: DEET, Picaridin, Oil of lemon eucalyptus or PMD, or IR3535. When using a repellent ensure you read the safety precautions and instructions.
Research the time of day when the creatures you are trying to avoid bite most. Keep up your guard during the peak times and use preventative measures. You can also stay protected at night by using a bed net.