Know the dangers
If you venture out anywhere near water there’s the possibility of becoming the meal of the day for the local mosquito population. There’s also a certain time of year that the risk increases – after the rainy season. This is when pools of stagnant water provide a calm-enough surface for females to lay their eggs.
Both male and female mosquitoes feed on plant matter, but females require blood to nurture their eggs, so the one that just landed on your forearm is likely to be a female.
Not only are they a nuisance to light sleepers, but they also pose a health risk because they carry and transmit diseases. According to the World Health Organization about 445 000 people died from
malaria in 2016 – with an estimated 90% of those cases being reported from Africa and 91% of the deaths coming from the same region. The Anopheles genus of mosquito is commonly responsible for carrying the fives species of Plasmodium parasites that causes malaria in humans. When an infected mosquito bites, the parasites are transferred from the insect’s mouth into a person’s bloodstream and thereafter they travel to the liver, where they mature and reproduce. Symptoms include nausea and headaches while more serious cases involve jaundice and seizures and later, death.
go! Drive & Camp says Don’t pitch your tent near dubious bodies of water, and keep your water containers sealed.