If you are travelling in a malarial zone, a mosquito net is vital. It is said that mosquitoes have killed more people than war. Their danger comes from their ability to transfer diseases and illnesses between humans. Dengue fever, epidemic polyarthritis, West Nile Virus and malaria can be transmitted by mosquitoes. Even today, between 1 and 3 million people die each year from malaria. Most of these deaths are children.
It is important to make sure you have the right size mosquito net for your bed. A variety of styles are available for single and double beds. Those mosuqito nets which require hanging (be it from a hook, wall or clothes lines) come with the necessary kit.
Freestanding nets pop up like tents and can be used by those out camping or who don't have somewhere from which they can hang a traditional net.
Compact mosquito nets are available for both single and double beds. These handy, portable nets fit right into a compression bag; just like a sleeping bag or travel pillow. They are small enough to be carried in backpacks or hand luggage; the perfect choice for those off travelling the globe or trekking around India.
It is the recommendation of the World Health Organisation that all those travelling within malarial zones take with them a mosuqito net impregnated with a strong insecticide. Long Lasting Impregnation (LLI) kills mosquitoes as soon as they land on the net. The treatment is good for 2 years and even then all that is needed for continued protection is a second, simple treatment. You simply mix a solution of the anti-mosquito treatment to the right level of concentration and then draw the net through. Once dry, the net will be reimpregnated with LLI.
Mosquitoes are a particular problem at night, but are actually active for the whole period between dusk and dawn. If you are planning activities during the early morning or evening, it's still important to keep yourself protected by mosquitoes. You may be up and moving, but that won't stop them trying to bite. Head nets are made of a fine mesh that offers you clear vision while also keeping the mosquitoes off your face.
Mosquito nets are also handy if you are in non-malarial zones. You may not be so at risk in the UK or France, but mosquitoes are still annoying. Non impregnated nets are available to keep the bugs off.
When you're travelling in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia or the Americas, it's really important you take a mosquito net . Whether you're staying in a double bed in a single hotel or hiking through the mountains, sleeping beneath the stars every night, there is a net suitable for your needs. Malaria is a dreadful problem, but there are simple steps you can take to avoid the worst of it.