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Insect repellent-how much to take and clothing

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Insect repellent-how much to take and clothing

Hi everyone,

We're going to Uganda for a month from mid-Feb to mid March and wondered how much insect repellent we need to bring with us? Has anyone used those plug-in mossie killers? We have anti-malarials; is there anything else we need for insect protection?

Also, I've read a lot of guidance about the length/type of clothing for modesty but not seen much guidance on wearing long sleeved tops/trousers for reducing risk of mosquito bites. Do we need to wear long sleeves in the day time too?

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1. Re: Insect repellent-how much to take and clothing

Dont be scared a lot. 1 tin and 1 rollon will be enough for you

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mosquito can be common in the evening hours and in the Forestered areas.

In rooms , at least everyday insect repellents spraying is a must.

In the Forest areas like; Bwindi, Budongo and Kibale mainly where trekking is done long sleeved is advisable.

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I just take a single stick of Mosiguard and leave it on the bedside table open while I sleep. The electric plug in types also work as do the burning ones. But you don't need to drag a bagful of stuff. select one and bring it.

DEET stronger than 50% is a no no as it is dangerous to the environment and your plastic goods. (It probably does not do your own body any good either.)

The best Malaria protection is not to get bitten in the first place. Anophyles mossies hunt between dusk and dawn so cover up during that time. Long sleeves and trousers. And don't forget our ankles. They LOVE bare ankles and feet and will chew on you while you chew on your food at dinner.

Spray your rooms and sleep under the nets.

Daytime is not as important as already stated. The malaria carrying mossie is a night bird. There are other mossies in the day though such as the one that carries Yellow Fever but worry not, there is no Yellow Fever in Uganda.

The other biter you will encounter, particularly in Murchison Falls NP, is the Tsetse Fly. They hunt in sunny areas close to Acacia scrub and love people to wear shades of blue, grey and black as it reminds them of Buffalo. When bitten, the best remedy is not to scratch it. Leave it alone no matter how it feels. Within a short time the main irritation will fade and by tomorrow it will have gone. Scratch the bite and it can last days if not weeks as well as run the risk of secondary infection.

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3. Re: Insect repellent-how much to take and clothing

Also not everywhere has electricity so I would not rely on a plug in as many places shut off power at night

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4. Re: Insect repellent-how much to take and clothing

Good point Travelergirl.

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You can also buy permethrin treatment for your clothes, something that you spray on or wash in and which serves as an effective repellent for months (depending on how often you launder your clothing). You can also purchase pre-treated clothing if you don't already have everything you need to wear for the trip.

The little guys that bite around the ankles could be Anophyles mosquitoes, but Aedes species, the ones that carry Dengue, Chikungunya, yellow fever, and Zika, also are avid ankle-biters, especially during the daylight hours. Wearing permethrin-treated socks and applying DEET are both effective.

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My above post somehow got uploaded before I finished. I meant to add that the risk of contracting dengue, Zika, or Chikungunya in Uganda currently seems to be low.

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I was in Uganda August 2016, we were advised to wear light coloured long sleeved clothing as tsetse fly is attracted to black and blue. In fact as you travel around you will notice large fabric blue and black containers to attract the flies to the repellant in them. They are attracted to moving vehicles we had them fly into our safari vehicle our driver had handy fly swat with in reach. They will bite through clothing so is important to use repellant high in DEET . Travel Drs recommend apply sun screen 20 minutes before repellant. Also carry knock down spray is mostly available in rooms

We covered up with light long sleeves at night against the malaria mozzie and took our tablets. A month in east Africa with a week in Uganda took all precautions including yellow fever vaccine and came he well.

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Good point Travelergirl. What would you suggest instead?

Edited: 07 February 2017, 01:39
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9. Re: Insect repellent-how much to take and clothing

Thanks v0gue, what is knock down spray?

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It is an insect spray either Pump or Pressure Pack eg Mortein is one brand. We took a pump pack ,due to flight restrictions, rather than spend time shopping on arrival in Nairobi. We hardly used ours as we found there was a pressure pack in many of the rooms in the lodges. There is a very comprehensive text on travel health covering travel world wide. "Travelling Well" by Australian Dr Deborah Mills. the bible for travellers especially for Africa & South and Central Americas. It is available from Amazon. It is now in its' 19th edition. This may be helpful for others reader of this blog.

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