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Mosquito repellent

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Mosquito repellent

Hi,

Is there any need for mosquito repellent in the cities of Cape Town Or Johannnesburg?

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1. Re: Mosquito repellent

Hi Screentrip2,

Probably not. There's no concern of malaria in either JHB or Cape Town. If you are highly susceptible to being bitten, then you can use a spray on and/roll on repellent like Peaceful Sleep. You can also burn coils, and use plug-in machines. They are all available at supermarkets and convenience stores.

Regards.

Brett | Owner | Safaris For Me | South Africa

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These are modern cities - not very different than any city you would visit. Neither is in a tropical zone.

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Hello, Cape Town is at seal level, and is not a malaria area. Johannesburg is 1,760 metres above sea level, and although we do have mosquitos, it is not a malaria area. It is only the lower elevations area, where the Kruger national Park is situated, which is considered a malaria area. So you dont have to worry at all, they are both big cities.

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Hey there!

The only place you would need repellent is the Kruger area/Mozambique. As above, get something with a high DEET quantity.

My favorite is Peaceful Sleep - Not too overpowering, and works like a charm on all sorts of creepy crawlies, including mosquitos and ticks :).

But, if you are only going to the big cities such as Joburg and Cape Town, there is no need to worry. If it is just general mosquito repellent you want to keep the mozzies at bay, burning a citronella candle often works without the overpowering smell of spray repellents.

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You'll probably find mosquitoes in all of these places at some times of the year, even if they are not malaria areas.

I always carry insect repellents but very rarely use them. I don't like getting bitten, so I use them to deter insects whenever the need arises.

As mentioned, neither Johannesburg nor Cape Town are in malaria areas

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When I was in St Petersburg, the number of mosquitoes was very high. We do get mosquitoes, but nothing like that.

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7. Re: Mosquito repellent

I too swear by Peaceful Sleep. Always works for me, and I appear to be a magnet for mosquitoes. They fly for miles just to find me.

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