Do home remedies prevent insect bites?
In a word, no!
We’ve all heard the natural remedies, take the right vitamins, try eating garlic or even cover your skin with marmite! While you might love these ‘solutions’, or more probably hate them, none of them really work.
Despite what even the most seasoned traveller may claim, eating any type of food or drinking any type of drink, including any that contain garlic, vitamin B1 or B12 will do nothing to prevent bites.
The only repellants clinically proven to provide protection against insects, and specifically mosquitoes, are ones with at least 20-50% of the active ingredients DEET, Picaridin (also known as Icaridin), PMD oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535.
Many confuse PMD (oil of lemon eucalyptus) with lemon oil, citronella (lemongrass oil) or ‘natural’ lemon so we would recommend a DEET rich insect repellant.
DEET has been described as the ‘gold standard’ of insect repellants. When used correctly, and as directed
Below are the insect repellants that we would highly recommend in areas where risk of mosquito bites are high: