Insects are a nuisance and can even be a menace, which means that for many people an insect repellent is a part of their everyday life – or at the very least, a travel essential. More concerning is the fact that many of these insects carry an array diseases, some of which can be fatal.
Use the gallery below to learn about different species of insect, the diseases they carry and where they can be found. There is also a section for bite prevention for mosquitoes, midges and ticks. Just click the images to learn more.
A summary sheet is available here also
What can I do to avoid these insect bites?
Always find out the most up-to-date information on insects and diseases for your travel destination. Websites like Travel Health Pro and the Hospital for Tropical Diseases provide such useful information. GPs and travel clinics can also offer valuable advice about the most effective preventative medication for your destination.
However, it is important to note that no preventative medication offers 100% protection, so it is very important to avoid being bitten.