How to prevent malaria when travelling
Mosquito bite avoidance is a must and reducing the number of bites you receive reduces the chance of an infection. Ensure to take practical steps to avoid mosquito bites:
Times when you can catch malaria
Mosquitoes typically spread malaria after sunset and it's important not to get mixed up with day-biting mosquitoes which spread other diseases, bite avoidance should therefore be practised at all times.
Fully clothe your body
It is recommended that you wear clothing that will protect most of your skin. Wearing long clothing and long trousers can help prevent bites.
Bring enough malaria pills and anti-repellent with you
It's important to stay clean as most mosquitos give bites on the leg area, this is due to them being attracted to the smell of the bacteria on your feet. Other species prefer the head, neck and arms perhaps because of the warmth, smells emitted by your skin, and closeness to carbon dioxide released by your mouth.
Use insect repellent creams or sprays on your skin and disinfect any mosquito bites as soon as possible without having the urge to scratch. Mosquito pills may be taken before entering the country and some tablets need to be taken three weeks before you travel.
Prepare your room
Spraying insecticides in the room and burning pyrethroid coils help to control mosquitoes. If you're planning on sleeping in an unscreened room, or outside, a mosquito net with insecticide is a good precaution.