World Mosquito Day

World Mosquito Day

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World Mosquito Day

Today is World Mosquito Day, the day we pay extra attention worldwide to the major consequences of mosquito bites. Did you know, for example, that the mosquito is the deadliest animal on earth? Mosquitoes can transmit tropical diseases, such as malaria, yellow fever, dengue, zika or West Nile virus.

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On 20 August 1897, the British doctor Ronald Ross discovered that female mosquitoes are responsible for transmitting malaria. His discovery laid the foundation for a broad understanding of the deadly role that mosquitoes play in spreading various diseases. Since then, this day has been designated World Mosquito Day and aims to raise awareness about the risks of a mosquito bite and how it can be prevented, as well as fundraising for research into the cure of malaria.

In the World Mosquito Day podcast, Arnoud Aalbersberg (Chief Mosquito Officer at Care Plus®) and Bart Knols (mosquito biologist) discuss some urgent and interesting topics such as the eradication of malaria and the increasing risk of the growing population of tiger mosquitoes in Europe.

Buy One, Give One for a malaria free world

Buy One, Give One

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), malaria causes an estimated 228 million deaths and 405,000 deaths annually. Many of these victims are children under the age of 5. At Care Plus®, we have been working for years to achieve a malaria-free world by 2030. With our Buy One, Give One programme, by buying every Care Plus® product you contribute to our fight against malaria. We invest 1% of our turnover in this fight. We do this by distributing mosquito nets to families in malaria risk areas, supporting applicable scientific research and facilitating news to malaria professionals worldwide. With this programme and the help of our partners, we are well on our way to achieving our goal. Did you know that by 2020 we will have protected 13,200 people from this dangerous mosquito, including 6,600 children?

Tips to reduce the chance of a mosquito bite

Apart from transmitting dangerous diseases, mosquitoes also cause itchy red bumps and can seriously disturb your sleep. Fortunately, there are preventive measures you can take to reduce the chance of a mosquito bite:

  • Check for stagnant water in and around the house. Females like to lay their eggs here and the larvae grow to maturity here until they become mosquitoes.
  • Place insect screens in front of windows and doors and keep doors closed as much as possible.
  • Sleep under a(n) (impregnated) mosquito net, both at home and when travelling.
  • Wear light-coloured, airy and skin-covering clothing with long sleeves and legs.
  • Lubricate the uncovered skin with Care Plus® Anti-Insect based on DEET, Icaridin or Citriodiol®.

Have you nevertheless been bitten by a mosquito or other insect? Our Care Plus® Insect SOS Gel has a soothing, cooling and calming effect when used after an insect bite or sting.

How does DEET work?

How does DEET work?

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How does DEET work?

DEET is the strongest insect repellent for application on the skin and has been commercially available since 1957. Compared to other insect repellents DEET has been the most researched in scientific (field) studies and has been proven to work effectively. It is worldwide the most used agent to keep away insects like mosquitoes and ticks.

What is DEET and how does it work?

DEET was developed in 1944 by Samuel Gertler of the US Department of Agriculture. He developed the ingredient for use by the US Army. DEET is an abbreviation for N,N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide, or slightly shorter: diethyltoluamide. It masks volatile odourants on the skin. These odorous substances, for example from lactic acid bacteria, cannot be converted into olfactory neurons that can attract mosquitoes. The mosquito will therefore continue its search elsewhere and you will not be bitten.

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DEET-based products are recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States (CDC) and almost all national advisory bodies for Travel & Health.

What does the percentage of DEET mean?

There are different percentages available of DEET-containing insect repellent products. The percentage does not say anything about how well the product works, but it does say something about the product’s duration of action. A higher percentage offers a longer duration of action. In the table below you can find a handy overview of the protection duration against mosquitoes and ticks per percentage.

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Between 50 and 100% DEET there is almost no difference in the duration of action, but the safety is negatively affected. Such a high percentage of DEET can cause skin irritation. In malaria areas a percentage of 30-50% DEET is advised. If you apply the product before sunset, it will provide sufficient protection until you sleep under the impregnated mosquito net.

Points of attention with the use of DEET

When you use products containing DEET you have to take into account a number of things. The agent can dissolve some synthetic materials such as rayon, spandex, synthetic fabrics, painted or varnished surfaces and nail polish. In addition, the agent can soak into hard plastics, making them softer and more flexible. Therefore, be careful when it comes to your clothes and other items when using DEET.

Alternatives to DEET

Besides DEET there are 3 other active insect-repellent substances. Since 1994, Care Plus® has an insect repellent based on natural lemon eucalyptus extracts (Citriodiol®). In a number of European countries, Care Plus® also has Saltidin (Icaridin™) and IR3535™ in its range. The availability of these products depends on local regulations.

3 facts about DEET

  1. More than 200,000,000 Americans use DEET products against mosquito and tick bites every year.
  2. Care Plus® has conducted its own efficacy studies with 3 mosquito species including the house mosquito (Culex), the malaria mosquito (Anopheles) and the tiger mosquito (Aedes).
  3. DEET is not toxic for humans, although every now and then stories pop up in the media.

3 frequently asked questions about DEET

1. Is DEET safe for children??
There are age recommendations for the use of DEET. The age depends on the percentage of DEET. For example, DEET 30% is suitable for children above 13 years and DEET 50% for children above 18 years.

2. What if I travel to a malaria area with children under the age of 13?
Government advice for the use of higher percentages of DEET in the (sub)tropics may differ. For example, they look at whether the risk of infection with a disease is higher than the risk that the child will suffer from skin irritation through the use of DEET. Besides that, younger children are more prone to getting body parts in contact with their mouth or eyes. Something that has to be avoided with DEET.

3. Why is there no DEET with sunscreen?
In areas where the tiger mosquito is active it would be useful if DEET and sun cream were combined. Tiger mosquitoes prefer to bite during the day. However, both products affect each other negatively. As soon as you use the products combined, both the SPF of the sunscreen and the DEET protection are reduced. Tip: apply the sunscreen half an hour before you go out into the sun. Then, 10 minutes before you go outside, apply the DEET-product in a thin layer on uncovered skin.

How do I choose the best mosquito net?

How do I choose the best mosquito net?

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How do I choose the best mosquito net?

More and more people travel for work or for holidays to a distant tropical destination and take a mosquito net with them in their luggage. Tropical destinations are known for their mosquitoes and other insects and the diseases they can transmit. With a mosquito net, you can protect yourself against these critters. A mosquito net is also ideal for use at home or during holidays in your own country, such as at the campsite. Because wherever you are, mosquitoes are everywhere.

Choose a mosquito net that suits your situation

The importance of a mosquito net close to home

You may be familiar with the buzzing of mosquitoes in your ear when you are trying to sleep. But a mosquito can be more of a nuisance than just an itchy bump. Mosquitoes can transmit diseases such as malaria, yellow fever, dengue, and the West Nile virus. These diseases are particularly prevalent in tropical regions, but there are increasing reports about infections in Europe. Although the risk of illness after a bite from an infected mosquito in Europe is limited, it is not entirely without risk. The number of tiger mosquitoes (transmitters of several infectious diseases) and the number of infected and deadly victims due to the West Nile virus have increased significantly in Europe in recent years.

That is why the use of a mosquito net is increasingly recommended during holidays in Europe, at home or in the bedroom. There are a number of advantages to sleeping under a mosquito net:

  • Your sleep will not be disturbed by mosquitoes and other insects.
  • A mosquito net is easy to hang up and put away. You only have to hang up a mosquito net once to enjoy it for years.
  • A mosquito net also creates a nice atmosphere in your bedroom.

Which mosquito net should you choose?

Mosquito nets are available in many types, sizes and colours. It’s important to choose a mosquito net that suits your situation best. Will you only use the mosquito net at home or will you take it with you when you travel? Will you sleep alone or together under the mosquito net? Does it have to be lightweight for your luggage or is that not important? These are all factors you need to take into account. You should also consider the impregnation, the shape and the quality of the net.

Impregnated or not?

This choice depends on where you are going. For use at home, in Europe or in areas where there is no risk of malaria, a non-impregnated mosquito net is sufficient. For areas at risk of malaria, Care Plus® recommends using an impregnated mosquito net. The impregnated nets by Care Plus® are treated with a sustainable Durallin® impregnation technology. This impregnation technology prevents mosquitoes from landing on the net and biting through it. With daily use, the impregnation lasts up to 3 years.

The shape of the mosquito net

When buying a mosquito net, it is wise to take the shape of the net into account. Care Plus® has 3 basic shapes, so there is a suitable mosquito net for every situation.

  1. Bell Mosquito Net. This shape has 1 suspension point and thanks to the flexible built-in ring in the ridge, the net has a stable shape. This form is available impregnated or non-impregnated and is suitable for a maximum of 2 people.
  2. Wedge Mosquito Net . This shape also has 1 suspension point, but the attachment is not in the middle of the mosquito net. The attachment is at the head-end, which gives it the shape of an elongated triangle. It is an impregnated single mosquito net with an extra tuck-in strip at the bottom to fix the net under the mattress.
  3. Box Mosquito Net. This form has a rectangular box model. It may take a little more effort to hang up the mosquito net because it has 4 suspension points. The advantage of this shape is that it has straight sides, so you have more room to move and are less likely to lie up against the net while asleep. Moreover, this mosquito net can also be hung like the Wedge net or as a tent shape. The Box mosquito net is available for both 1 and 2 persons.

Hanging the nets is easy. Each net comes with a description and a suspension kit (including cord, safety pins and screw hooks). In addition to these 3 different shapes of mosquito nets, Care Plus® also has an impregnated pop-up dome without attachment. This mosquito net is perfect for spending the night outdoors or in a tent. There are also 2 head nets available that you can use during outdoor activities like hiking or fishing.

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The quality of the net

The quality of the net is also important. There is a wide range of mosquito nets, but not every mosquito net lasts as long as others. A mosquito net has to meet a number of requirements in order to provide effective protection against (malaria) mosquitoes. It is important that the net is made of durable polyester and that the mesh size is not larger than 1,75 mm. The size of the holes can also be indicated by the number of holes per square inch. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends a mesh size of at least 165. This ensures that you get enough air under the mosquito net, but the holes are small enough to keep out insects.

Furthermore, the net must be closed on all sides and long enough so that no insects can crawl in through the opening or from the ground. You can also choose a net that you tuck under the mattress so that it is properly sealed. Also make sure that the net is not too small, because if you lie up against it you can still be bitten or stung.

All Care Plus® nets are manufactured under the strictest quality standards and comply with the minimum mesh size set by the WHO. The high-quality and lightweight multi-fibre is uniquely suited for durable impregnation and guarantees a long lifespan of the mosquito net. Do you use the net occasionally, for example only during holidays? Keep it in the supplied storage bag to extend the life of the mosquito net. The active impregnation agent is broken down by sunlight (UV radiation).

Choose the right mosquito net and protect yourself from mosquitoes

Tips for preventing and treating insect bites

Tips for preventing and treating insect bites

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Tips for preventing and treating insect bites

As soon as the temperature rises, more insects appear. Insects can cause itchy and irritating bumps, but an insect bite can also be dangerous. Ticks can transmit tick-borne encephalitis and Lyme disease among other things, and mosquitoes are responsible for spreading several diseases such as malaria, dengue and yellow fever.

Tips to prevent mosquito bites

Fortunately, there are preventative measures you can take to reduce the chance of a mosquito bite. It is wise to check your sleeping quarters for mosquitoes before you go to sleep. This will prevent buzzing in your ear and itchy red bumps in the morning. Place mosquito nets in front of windows and doors to keep insects out. Despite these measures, a mosquito or other insect may still invade your bedroom, or it may only show itself once you are in bed. A mosquito net will keep insects away while you are sleeping.

Relieve itching after an insect bite

Mosquitoes favour stagnant water. These are breeding grounds where the females lay their eggs. Remove stagnant water in and around your home (e.g., watering cans, rain barrels or bird baths) to prevent mosquito breeding sites. Wear covering, light-coloured and finely woven clothes and apply insect repellent based on DEET, Icaridin or natural lemon-eucalyptus extracts to uncovered skin.

Tips to prevent tick bites

There are also measures you can take to reduce the risk of a tick bite. As with mosquitoes, you can opt for covering, light-coloured and finely woven clothes. When walking, stay on paths and tuck your trouser legs into your (tick-resistant) socks. Apply insect repellent such as Care Plus® Anti-Tick to uncovered skin.

Did you get bitten or stung after all?

Despite preventive measures, you may still be bitten or stung. Sometimes you do not even notice an insect bite, but there are also insects whose bites can cause pain, redness, irritation, swelling or itching. In the worst case, an insect bite can transmit a disease. It is therefore important to treat the bite or sting in the right way to prevent worse. Care Plus® has effective products that help you do this.

  • Care Plus® Insect SOS gel softens, cools and soothes irritated skin after, for example, a bite or sting from a mosquito, wasp or horse fly. The gel also relieves after a jellyfish bite, skin irritation caused by the stinging hairs of the oak processionary caterpillar and the Brown-tail moth caterpillar or after skin contact with nettles.
  • With the Venimex venom extractor you can quickly extract the venom of an insect or arachnid to prevent it from spreading. Make sure you do this as soon as possible after the bite or sting. This automatic vacuum pump reduces the chance of swelling and pain.
  • The Care Plus® Click-Away gives a small shock that prevents the body from producing histamine (the substance that causes itching, among other things). The itching and swelling reduce after just a few minutes. You can use Click-Away after an insect or jellyfish bite.

If you experience acute tightness of the chest after an insect bite or a rash in a place where you were not bitten or stung, you may be suffering from an allergic reaction. In such a case, always contact a doctor.

Treatment after a tick bite

Even with a tick bite it is essential to be alert and to provide the right treatment. Always check yourself and each other thoroughly after spending time outdoors, in order to discover a tick in time. It is important to remove the tick as soon as possible to reduce the risk of transmitting any diseases. Remove the tick within 8 hours with a special tick remover such as tick tweezers or tick removal tool.

Caution! Always use a tool that has been specially developed to remove ticks. Do not use alcohol, oil, fire or soap. The tick may be frightened and spit out its (infected) stomach contents, which increases the risk of infection with TBE or Lyme disease. Don’t remove a tick with your fingernails or regular tweezers either, because there is a good chance that you won’t remove the tick completely. Again, there is a risk that the tick will be startled and empty its stomach contents.

After removing the tick, note the date and place of the bite and keep an eye on it for 3 months. Discolouration of the skin, for example a red circle around the place of the bite, or other complaints related to Lyme disease can occur after a few weeks or months. There may also be symptoms without a red spot or ring, as this occurs in only 50% of infections. Also look out for symptoms such as flu-like symptoms, muscle aches and/or fever. In this case, get yourself checked out by a doctor because when you get an insect bite, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

3 types of mosquitoes you’ll want to recognise

3 types of mosquitoes you’ll want to recognise

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3 types of mosquitoes you’ll want to recognise

As many as 3,000 different species of mosquitoes live on our globe. Mosquitoes are annoying and can keep you awake at night while you try to sleep. Apart from their annoying buzzing, mosquitoes can also transmit infectious diseases to humans and animals. Unfortunately, the female mosquitoes see us as a tasty meal of blood. They need this blood to lay eggs. In this article, we will tell you which 3 mosquito species you would like to recognise and what their characteristics are.

The common mosquito (Culex pipiens)

This mosquito is one of the most common mosquitoes in Europe, but also in countries like North America. This mosquito species usually bites at night and can be found both indoors and outdoors. They prefer the blood of birds but will also settle for humans once they are nearby. Culex mosquitoes are primarily annoying, but they can also transmit dangerous diseases such as West Nile virus and Western/Eastern equine encephalitis. Common mosquitoes like to lay their eggs in freshwater surfaces, such as puddles and flowerpots around your house. They are moderate fliers and can travel up to 3 km from their breeding site.

You can recognise the common mosquito by the following characteristics:

  • A mosquito has a sucking snout that points forward. This snout is about half as long as the body of the mosquito. These are the jaws and lips of the mosquito, which have evolved into a stinging and sucking organ.
  • The wings of a common mosquito are longer than the abdomen.
  • The thorax of the mosquito stands slightly upright when the mosquito is at rest.
  • The wings of a common mosquito are longer than the abdomen.
  • The head and abdomen are parallel to the ground.
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The common mosquito (Culex pipiens)

The malaria mosquito (Anopheles)

Anopheles is the best-known malaria mosquito and bites both indoors and outdoors between sunset and sunrise. They prefer humans and mammals. These mosquitoes can also transmit dangerous and sometimes even deadly infectious diseases, such as malaria. The malaria mosquito lays its eggs with floats on the surface of natural, overgrown water surfaces such as ponds and swamps. But it also likes to lay its eggs around the house in stagnant water such as flowerpots or watering cans. The malaria mosquito is found in the subtropics. They are strong fliers and can travel up to 14 km on a sugary meal and up to 4.5 km on a meal of blood.

You can recognise the malaria mosquito by the following characteristics:

  • The malaria mosquito is small compared to other mosquito species.
  • The head of the malaria mosquito points downwards and the abdomen stands upright (like the spoiler of a car).
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The malaria mosquito (Anopheles)

The tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus)

This mosquito is found in the (sub)tropics but has now also entered Europe and North America. This species can survive well in colder climates. Unlike the common mosquito and the malaria mosquito, the tiger mosquito likes to bite during the day. Humans are their favourite hosts. These mosquitoes can also transmit a range of infectious diseases (viruses) such as zika, chikungunya, yellow fever, dengue and West Nile virus.
Tiger mosquitoes like to lay their eggs individually or near the surfaces of temporary water sources such as used car tyres, flowerpots, and swimming pools. They are weak fliers and often travel no more than 800 metres from their original breeding sites.

You can recognise the tiger mosquito by the following characteristics::

  • The tiger mosquito is small and its body is black and white.
  • The extreme ends of the hind legs are white.
  • The tips of the palps (mouthparts at the snout) are white.
  • A white stripe runs from the head down the back.
  • Both the head and the abdomen point downwards.
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The tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus)

3 facts about mosquitoes

  1. Both male and female mosquitoes feed on nectar and plant sap, but only the female mosquitoes bite because they need blood to feed their eggs.
  2. During one meal, a female mosquito can drink her entire body weight in blood.
  3. A female mosquito lays on average more than 100 eggs at a time and can do this up to 10 times after being fertilised by a male mosquito.

3 frequently asked questions about mosquitoes

1. How often can a mosquito bite me?
A female mosquito bites until she is ‘full’. A few days later she will lay her eggs.

2. Why does one person get bitten more often than another?
This has to do with a combination of factors. Your body temperature, body odour and the (lactic acid) bacteria on your body, among other things, are all factors.

3. Why do mosquito bites itch?
This is a natural reaction of the human body to mosquito saliva. This causes the immune system to produce histamine, which causes the nerves to become itchy as a result of increased blood flow. If too much histamine is released, the area around the bite may swell, become red and itchy.

Enjoy walking with these 5 useful tips

Enjoy walking with these 5 useful tips

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Enjoy walking with these 5 useful tips

Walking or hiking seems very simple. You learn it at a young age, so what can go wrong? Unfortunately, without proper preparation you can get into unpleasant situations. Therefore, make sure you are well prepared before you start your hike or walk, whether it is a city walk or a walk in the countryside, a short intensive hike or a multi-day hike. We have put together 6 tips for you, so that you can enjoy your surroundings to the fullest.

1. Wear good shoes

This tip may seem obvious, but it is often overlooked. Wearing good shoes while walking is very important. Therefore, get good advice in a specialized shop, considering, among other things, the type of terrain you will be walking on. Also, remember to walk in your shoes before going on a longer hike.

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2. Make conscious clothing choices

It is sometimes said that “there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing”. It is a good idea to wear layers so that you can always take something off or put it on. Keep in mind that cotton clothing absorbs a lot of water and does not dry quickly. This can make you feel cold very quickly. Jeans may rub and be stiff. If you are walking through nature, remember to wear close-fitting, covering and preferably light-coloured clothing and to tuck your trousers into your (impregnated) socks to reduce the risk of a tick bite. Use Anti-Tick on uncovered skin. Always check for tick bites afterwards.

3. Make sure you can make contact with the outside world

Being able to walk undisturbed is wonderful; being unreachable for the outside world allows you to enjoy the surroundings undisturbed. But when you need outside help, it can be dangerous to be on the road without having something to hand with which you can reach the outside world. Always make sure your phone is charged or that you have a power bank with you.

4. Make sure you have the right equipment

What you take with you on your hike depends on where you are going to hike and how long you are going to be there. It is a difficult decision, because you want to be prepared for everything, but you also don’t want to carry unnecessary weight. One thing that should definitely not be missing from your luggage is a first aid kit. Care Plus® has handy, lightweight first aid sets that are easy to take with you and with which you can carry the most necessary products in case of emergency, such as Care Plus® First Aid Kit Roll Out Small and Care Plus® First Aid Kit Basic. Furthermore, make sure you have enough clothing, (energy-rich) food and drinks and plan breaks at regular intervals so that you can spread your energy over the entire hike.

5. Do not overestimate your own abilities

If you are not passing through, your starting point is also your finishing point. In general, this is where your transport is or this is where you will spend the night, so you will have to return to this point. In any case, the distance covered on the way out to the farthest point must be covered again to get back to the starting point. However, people tend to overestimate their own abilities, which can make the journey back quite challenging. It is therefore important to understand your abilities and plan the route beforehand, taking into account the abilities of yourself and any fellow hikers. Especially for remote (natural) areas without public transport possibilities, walking is often the only option back.

Sleep under a mosquito net at home too

Sleep under a mosquito net at home too

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Sleep under a mosquito net at home too for an undisturbed night’s sleep

You probably recognize it, that irritating buzzing around your head as soon as you try to sleep. The next morning you wake up with itchy red bumps on your body. Many people sleep under a mosquito net to keep insects at a distance when travelling far away, but a mosquito net is also ideal for use at home or during a holiday in your own country. A mosquito net keeps mosquitoes and other insects at bay so you can enjoy an undisturbed night’s sleep.

Mosquitoes infected with the West Nile virus

When it comes to the health of yourself and your family, you don’t take half measures. Mosquitoes can be a nuisance, like the buzzing around your head when you’re trying to sleep. A mosquito bite can also have bigger consequences, as mosquitoes are the transmitters of various diseases. In Europe, the risk of contracting a disease after being bitten by an infected mosquito is limited, but not entirely without risk. For example, the number of infections and (fatal) casualties because of the West Nile virus has increased sharply in the past year. It is expected that the real number of infections is higher, because about 80% of the infected people do not get any complaints. Not everyone is lucky. Some cases are so severe that these people must be admitted to the intensive care unit or, in extreme cases, die.

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A non-impregnated mosquito net for use close to home

The house mosquito is responsible for transmitting the West Nile virus, among other things. This mosquito bites mainly between sunset and sunrise. You can prevent the risk of mosquito nuisance by sleeping under a mosquito net. For use at home or within Europe (e.g., camping) you can use a non-impregnated mosquito net*. Are you travelling to a malaria risk area? Then mosquito bites are much more dangerous. We advise you to take an impregnated mosquito net* in your suitcase or backpack to keep mosquitoes at bay.

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How do you use a mosquito net?

A mosquito net doesn’t only protect you against mosquitoes, but also repels other insects while you’re sleeping. Make sure that the mosquito net is not too small, because if you sleep against the net, it doesn’t offer optimal protection. It’s also important that the net is closed on all sides. Only then the mosquito net offers extra protection against stinging and biting insects.

With the right care and mounting, a mosquito net will last for years after purchase. This way you can sleep comfortably and undisturbed for years to come. And you must admit, a mosquito net around the bed is quite romantic, isn’t it?

World Malaria Day

World Malaria Day

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World Malaria Day

25 April is World Malaria Day. This day was created by the World Health Organization to commemorate the enormous impact caused by the bite of a mosquito infected with malaria parasites. Although the world is currently shaken up by the coronavirus, we must not forget that there are other diseases that deserve attention. Did you know that over 209 million people are infected with malaria every year? About 409.000 people die every year from the effects of this disease. Many of them are children as young as five years old.

The impact of malaria

Malaria is a tropical disease and has a major impact on people’s lives, livelihoods and the progress of nations. This infectious disease also means that children cannot attend school, families cannot invest in their future and communities cannot develop. All this happens even though it is a disease we can prevent and eliminate. The concept sounds simple: if you are not bitten by an infected mosquito, you cannot get malaria

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Malaria Impact Report 2020

This year, Care Plus® is launching the first Malaria Impact Report. With this report, we want to draw extra attention to the (preventable) infectious disease and show what one company can contribute with the help of its customers.

In the Malaria Impact Report you can read all about malaria and the impact of a bite from this mosquito. We also tell you more about the fight against malaria, our partners and the results we have achieved so far. Did you know, for example, that by 2020 we will have protected 13,200 people from this dangerous mosquito, including 6,600 children? Watch interviews with, among others, Arnoud Aalbergsberg (Chief Mosquito Officer at Care Plus®) and various partners, success stories from the local population or videos in which we take you along during our outreaches and the production process of the nets.

A malaria-free world by 2030

At Care Plus®, we are striving for a malaria-free world by 2030. We are doing this through our Buy One, Give One programme. 1% of our turnover goes to this higher goal of making the world malaria-free. Everyone who buys a Care Plus® product, for example a mosquito net or an Anti-Insect product, helps us to protect families in malaria areas by distributing impregnated nets.

We also support innovations and applicable scientific research that contribute to our higher goals. Finally, we facilitate the weekly newsletter (Malaria World), created by young scientists in Kenya, which goes to more than 9,000 malaria professionals in the world.

Malaria-free world in 2030

Join the fight!

You too can contribute to our fight against malaria. We donate 1% of our annual turnover to projects that aim to eradicate malaria. By buying a Care Plus® product, you really contribute to a malaria-free world. And not unimportantly, spread the word!

Tick season has started!

Tick season has started!

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Tick season has started!

It’s Tick Bite Prevention Week. Out and about in nature or working in the garden? Then watch out for ticks! As temperatures rise, so does the risk of tick bites. Ticks are most active between March and October, when temperatures are above 8Cº.

What is a tick?

TTicks are very small, black, spider-like parasites that attach themselves to people in order to suck blood and stay alive. Without blood from a human or animal host, they cannot survive. This attachment is called a tick bite.
A tick bite can be dangerous because, among other things, they can transmit Lyme disease and the TBE virus (tick-borne encephalitis), which can lead to inflammation of the brain (membrane).

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Do ticks fall from trees?

The little black creatures live in natural settings such as lawns, meadows, heaths, parks, gardens and wooded areas. Despite persistent myths, ticks cannot fly, jump or fall from trees. The danger comes from below. Keep this in mind in the measures you take against tick bites.

Tips to prevent a tick bite

A tick bite cannot be prevented, but there are a number of tips to reduce the chance.

  • Stay on the paths as much as possible and avoid bushes and high grass.
  • Wear light-coloured clothing with long sleeves and legs.
  • Tuck your trouser into (tick-resistant) socks.
  • SLubricate uncovered skin with a tick repellent.

Tick control

Ticks live in nature. Always check yourself and each other after picnicking, walking, running, playing outside, camping, gardening or any other spending time in nature and do it the same day. Check your whole body, but pay particular attention to warm spots such as the hairline, armpits, knee hollows, buttocks and groin.

You have discovered a tick. Now what?

Despite good precautions, it can happen that you discover a tick on your body. If so, remove the tick properly. If you discover a tick bite, it is very important to remove the tick quickly, correctly and safely. Make sure that you always have a Care Plus® tick pen or tick pincers with you, so that you can remove the tick correctly within 8 hours. When removed incorrectly, the tick can empty its stomach content, including harmful bacteria and viruses that can cause Lyme disease and TBE, among other things. For the same reason, never use fire, soap, nails or alcohol to remove the tick. Write down the date when you were bitten, where you were bitten and when you removed the tick. After that, keep an eye on the place where the tick has bitten you for three months: discoloration of the skin or other symptoms related to Lyme disease can occur after a few weeks or months. Do you feel unwell or does a red circle appear around the place of the bite? Then contact your doctor.

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