Is an impregnated travel mosquito net advisable in the tropics?
Impregnation paralyses mosquitoes that land on the mosquito net and search it for holes. In malaria or other risk areas, the WHO therefore recommends using a mosquito net with at least 156 mesh and additional impregnation.
Impregnated mosquito nets are real life savers. Mosquitoes (specifically the Anopheles mosquito) are responsible for the transmission of diseases such as malaria and can infect millions of people worldwide. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), mosquitoes caused an estimated 249 million transmissions of malaria in 2022 alone, resulting in 608,000 estimated deaths. Source: WHO https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/malaria
Therefore, one should be aware of the importance of this simple yet effective companion as it plays a crucial role in preventing the spread of such life-threatening diseases. And especially with the impregnated mosquito nets of our Blue Edition, your undisturbed sleep and your health are about to get an upgrade.
Importance of impregnated Mosquito Nets. Why is it so important that your mosquito net is impregnated when traveling to tropical countries? The insecticide effectively prevents mosquitoes from settling on the mosquito net and searching it for the smallest openings. This also prevents any stinging of the parts of the body that are in contact with the net. The impregnation acts like an invisible protective film that keeps bloodsuckers at a distance. Dracula also wouldn’t be happy about it.
What are the advantages of impregnated mosquito nets? Imagine: A net that not only keeps insects out, but takes protection to a new level. This is the magic of impregnation. Even with tiny holes, the net remains a fortress and is therefore essential in areas with an increased risk of malaria, ZIKA, dengue or yellow fever.
Double protection against insect bites. We say goodbye to nighttime mosquito bites. The mosquito net and the impregnation basically share the task of protecting you from bites. The net prevents mosquitoes from even getting to you. The impregnation, on the other hand, paralyzes mosquitoes that settle on the net and try to get closer to you. If your travel mosquito net has a small hole, the impregnation can prevent mosquitoes from finding this opening at all.
Protection in malaria or risk areas Mosquitoes also know the most beautiful places in the world. And many of these beautiful travel destinations are in malaria risk areas. And since you can never really rule out the possibility of coming to an endangered area, it is advisable to have an impregnated travel mosquito net with you from the start.
Effectiveness despite small holes. Tiny holes in the net? It can always happen that the mosquito net is damaged when packing or unpacking and causes small tears or holes. The impregnation can ensure that your protection stays intact even with a few holes as it eliminates mosquitoes before they can find the opening. However, you should still check your travel mosquito net every few days for damage.
Protection in the event of unintended contact with the mosquito net. Everyone moves while they sleep. At some point, a part of your body will inevitably touch the inside of the travel mosquito net. In this case, the impregnation protects against mosquitoes taking advantage of this opportunity and biting through the mesh of the travel mosquito net.
(LLI) Long lasting impregnation. The impregnation on travel mosquito nets lasts between 1-2 years depending on the active ingredient. For mosquito nets where the insecticide is woven into the fibres, it can last up to 3 years. The mosquito net can also be washed several times. Of course, factors such as use, sunlight or temperature are crucial and can significantly reduce effectiveness.
Since many impregnations are chemical biocides and can cause allergies, we chose geraniol impregnation with GreenFirst© from Breyner. This insecticide is of natural origin and is made from geraniums. This is Source: https://breyner.fr/greenfirst-en/
Effectiveness for Travellers and Expats. Whether you are a backpacker or an expat, impregnated travel mosquito nets are allies in the fight against mosquito-borne diseases.
Net selection based on risk In which areas does a travel mosquito net with impregnation actually make sense? The need for impregnated travel mosquito nets in areas with a high risk of dengue fever or malaria infection should definitely not be underestimated. Especially when you’re miles away from the nearest (decent) hospital, you don’t want to be lying in a jungle hut with a high fever.
Of course, the situation is completely different in regions without a risk of malaria, such as southern Europe. In places where mosquitoes are more annoying than a health hazard, a normal travel mosquito net without impregnation should be enough.
Care/washing of impregnated mosquito nets. Basically, an impregnated travel mosquito net hardly needs any care or even washing. Since mosquito nets are usually made of polyester, they are not very susceptible to dirt and hardly absorb any odors. A damp sponge or gentle brush will keep it clean without harming our environment.
Safe use of impregnated mosquito nets. Travel mosquito nets with impregnation should ideally be used in a well-ventilated room. Even though geraniol is a natural insecticide, you should wash your hands after skin contact, such as build-up.
Children and Pregnant Women. Even if the impregnation is a natural insecticide, we would still recommend pregnant women to use a travel mosquito net without impregnation. We recommend the same when traveling with children under 6 years of age. Here it is always possible for children to play with the mosquito net and then put their hands in their mouths.
Conclusion: The World Health Organization’s statistics on the widespread impact of malaria emphasize the urgency and importance of effective prevention measures.
Impregnated travel mosquito nets are more than just a barrier to mosquitoes. They are the almost invisible companions when traveling that ensure a restful night’s sleep and protect us from the buzzing bloodsuckers that can transmit life-threatening diseases. Whether you’re a world traveler moving through high-risk zones or a backpacker in an endemic area of Southeast Asia, choosing an impregnated mosquito net can make a crucial difference to your personal health.
No gaps. No mosquitoes.