Remember to pack the following items

Keep mosquitoes out of your hotel room or lodging

Bed net in package

Sleep under a mosquito net

Sleep under a mosquito net if you are outside or when screened rooms are not available. Mosquitoes can live indoors and bite during the day and night.

  • Buy a mosquito net at your local outdoor store or online before traveling overseas.
  • Choose a mosquito net that is compact, white, rectangular, with 156 holes per square inch, and long enough to tuck under the mattress.
  • Permethrin-treated mosquito nets provide more protection than untreated nets.
    • Permethrin is an insecticide that kills mosquitoes and other insects.
    • To determine if you can wash a treated mosquito net, follow the label instructions.
Bed net hung over a bed

Use mosquito nets correctly

Mosquito nets can be hung above a bed or crib to protect against mosquito bites. Adults and children should sleep under a mosquito net if air conditioned and screened rooms are not available.

When using a mosquito net:

  • Tuck the net under the mattress to keep the mosquitoes out.
  • Tuck netting under the crib mattress or select a mosquito net long enough to touch the floor.
  • Pull the net tightly to avoid choking hazards for young children. Check label instructions for additional information.
  • Hook or tie the sides of the net to other objects if they are sagging in towards the sleeping area.
  • Check for holes or tears in the net where mosquitoes can enter.
  • DO NOT hang the net near any candles, cigarettes, or open fires, as it can catch on fire.
  • DO NOT sleep directly against the net, as mosquitoes can still bite through holes in the net.
Related Resources
Mosquito Bite Prevention for the United States
Mosquito Bite Prevention for Travelers
Mosquito Bites Can Make You Sick
Protect Yourself from Mosquito Bites Outside