Keeping Bugs at Bay
LONDON, August 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –
Don’t let itchy, unsightly bug bites ruin your well-deserved holidays to Bodrum
[http://www.thomascook.com/lp/1x6-enbynk/holidays-bodrum ]. Read on for our top tips on
how to keep insects away and what to do if you get bitten.
We’ve all been there. You’re getting mauled by mozzies while dining alfresco so you
decide to go back to the villa, only to hear that dreaded high-pitched buzzing sound in
your room when you turn the lights out. Next thing you know, you’re furiously scratching
at ever-growing lumps that are keeping you from falling asleep. Stick to these simple
steps to keep the bugs at bay.
Never forget the net
Whether it’s dining out on Dalaman holidays
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hills on cheap holidays to Turkey [http://www.thomascook.com/lp/1x6-en6uqb/holidays-turkey
], it seems that mosquitoes inhabit all of our favourite holiday destinations. Prevention
is better than a cure, so check with your accommodation provider to see if they already
have nets installed. If not, pick up a robust net set that you can erect yourself when you
get to your room.
It’s not practical to carry around the net with you when you’re out and about so it’s
a good idea to get hold of a reputable repellent as part of your holiday preparation. The
main ingredient in effective insect repellent is DEET (N,N-Diethyl-meta-Toluamide). It
works by masking the human aroma. There are varying strengths but go for 50 per cent if
you want the best possible protection. There are lots of ‘natural’ insect repellents on
the market but no firm evidence to support the claim that they work as well as DEET-based
Insect bites can be more than just a nuisance. Some insects carry diseases that are
spread through bites. If you’re considering cheap holidays to Tunisia
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destinations such as Goa or Gambia, you may require vaccinations before you’re allowed to
enter the country. This is for your own safety – just ask your doctor for advice and
you’ll be fine.
Soothe an irritating itch
Even if you have a mosquito net, cover up with clothes or douse yourself in repellent,
occasionally you may get a bite or two. Simply wash the bite and apply a cold compress
with a flannel or some tissue. Scratching the bite will only make it worse so take an
anti-histamine tablet or apply an anti-histamine cream to reduce the swelling and
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