Half of our crew is already knee-deep into planning their winter vacation, if not already on the road. Winter sun seekers wishing to avoid Malaria and other tropical mosquito diseases should remember this mnemonic: CLOAK. “More and more people are taking winter breaks to faraway lands and not taking enough precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Many, are also unaware that Deet is now officially classified as a neurotoxin* and works in a similar way to toxic nerve gas used in chemical warfare”! according to Howard Carter, the founder of all-natural mosquito repellent incognito. And Howard knows bugs! He was a mosquito consultant on Dirty Dancing, Long Way Down, BBC along with many scientific expeditions all over the globe; nobody has ever contracted any disease under his advice. He also writes a blog on insects interacting with humans. Here are his top tips;
C – Cover yourself all over with an effective insect repellent that does not contain any Deet.
L – wear light colored clothing. Mosquitoes prefer dark.
O – wash properly to lessen your body odor; even better, exfoliate.
A – Avoid wearing perfumes and scent, as they can attract even more mosquitoes to you and you are attractive enough already without them!
K – Keep away from stagnant water; this is where mosquitoes and other insects reproduce so there are nearly always mosquitoes present.
The malaria parasite has built up resistance to nearly all anti-malarials so, it is increasingly important to avoid getting bitten in the first place. Incognito spray is one of the strongest anti-insect remedies on the planet, highly effective -yet completely natural and thereby safe for use even on babies. Amazingly, found to give 100% protection against Anopheles Gambia (African) mosquitoes. It is also officially approved as “clinically proven to protect against malaria” (The first time this claim has been allowed on any product)! The natural insect repellent used in the research was Eucalyptus maculata citriodora and this is exactly what is in every bottle of incognito, under the trade name Citrepel 75, along with other essential oils; all blended together in a secret unique process. Why are we hyping this brand? Because incognito does not cause any neurological damage, as can be the case with other topical toxin insect repellents such as Deet (it’s scary how many kids slather themselves in this crap all summer long.) Unlike these toxic ordinary repellents, incognito has a lovely fresh fragrance. And incognito 100 ml spray is effective against all insects – not just mosquitoes and ticks. And you can find it at Whole Foods or online at www.lessmosquito.com