Studies claim that mosquitoes choose their victims by odors and human behaviour. Also it is believed that males are more frequently bitten. Can that really be true? Gregg said "no way is that true," because Shannon always has more mosquito bites than I do.
We are currently on a preventative regimen of Doxycycline. This is to create a hurdle for Malaria; maybe even disable it. We also carry, at all times, a box of Artrin which is to be taken immediately if malaria symptoms appear. Artrin is very effective in eliminating the parasites. It is possible for Malaria to manifest up to a month after being bit. The telling symptoms are chills and fever, headache, tiredness, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. I am told that you get really sick really fast. Not fun at all.
All the missionaries in the West Africa Area are given a mosquito net and 2 new commandments; use the net every night and to take Doxycycline daily. If they follow these guidelines, they can avoid malaria - virtually guaranteed. They are also encouraged to give the mosquito net to a mother for her baby when they return home.
It gets dark here by 6 p.m. We really try not to be out at night to avoid the mosquitoes, so if we do go out at night we use DEET mosquito repellent. We have a pest control plan for our home and we do our best to keep our house sealed up. We also protect ourselves in the evenings and early mornings by wearing clothes that cover the body as much as possible.