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Mosquito issues in August

My husband and I are visiting Croatia from 10 to 17 of August. I was reading that mosquitoes are prevalent in Croatia and I wanted to know is there any mosquito borne disease we should watch out for . I am pregnant and hence the need to be more careful. Is using a DEET based mosquito repellant sufficient ?

Posted by Girasoli
"Boston, You're My Home!" Red Sox are the best!
188 posts

Hi Anu,

I have not been to Croatia. I am not a doctor. But, what stood out is your pregnant.

Congratulations!

While DEET is considered relatively safe, there are cautions about using the product and its possible effects to an unborn. I would rethink the use.

https://www.consumerreports.org/insect-repellent/how-safe-is-deet-insect-repellent-safety/

But a call to your doctor could set your mind to rest.

Maybe find an alternate product. There are different strains of mosquitoes; some are more persistent. Distilled Lavender oil or spray (applied directly to the skin) has been stated as effective for many people.

Wear long sleeve gauzy type clothing to be cool but deter the annoying bugs. Wear long, lightweight pants or skirts - whatever is your choice of attire.

Good luck.

Posted by jlschandler
576 posts

Agree, valuable information on the CDC link. Wise to take precautions as discussed. That said, I encourage you to discuss with your own health care provider what the best type of repellant is appropriate. Enjoy Croatia!

Posted by Barbara
Brooklyn, NY
912 posts

We have been to Croatia over a dozen times and I don't ever remember a mosquito problem. We will be there next week and the little buggers never made it to my list of things to prepare for.

Posted by Paul-of-the-Frozen-North
Sioux Falls, SD, USA
1091 posts

When I was a kid in 1961, we visited Beograd in the summer. We went to the restaurants on the boats by the river. We called them the
"mosquito boats" because we were overwhelmed by mosquitoes. I would say that in certain times of the year by water there are mosquitoes in the Balkans.