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Old February 10th, 2016, 02:43 PM
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Just wondering if anyone had just came back from montegobay, grand Cayman and how the mesquites were down there if there was anything to worry about thanks
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So far, I've never seen them on any cruise, but just in case, I always pack repellent, you just never know....May be useful when doing an excursion and off the ship.
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If you've never packed repellent before, pack it now,and make sure it has deet in the ingredients. I think the other virus chickengunya (sp?) is more previlent in the Caribbean...check the CDC website for up to date status reports.
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We were just in Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, and Grand Cayman (twice), as well as Cozumel (twice) in December and didn't have any problem whatsoever. Took insect repellant, but never needed it - did not encounter any mosquitos in any of the ports.

But I would suggest taking insect repellant with you and using it just to be on the safe side.

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Just wondering if anyone had just came back from montegobay, grand Cayman and how the mesquites were down there if there was anything to worry about thanks
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First, the Brett I know is female, so I'm going to address you as such ! If there's any chance you're pregnant or trying to become pregnant any time soon, I'd avoid the Caribbean altogether. I know it's probably overreaction, but why take the chance?
If this is your situation, I'd look into Alaska or Canada cruise's.
If you're not concerned about pregnancy, still use the repellant. The virus can be passed without you even knowing you have it.
A couple I know had plan's to go to Barbados for a week and changed to another area because they're trying to have a baby.
Have a wonderful cruise, wherever you go!
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Which DEET product is the best to use ?
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To find the most effective mosquito repellents, we tested products containing deet or a chemical called IR3535, as well as those containing two plantlike, but chemically synthesized, ingredients: lemon eucalyptus and picaridin. We also looked at repellents made with natural plant oils, such as geraniol, castor oil, soybean oil, citronella, and rosemary. (See details on our testing methods here.)
The most effective products against Aedes mosquitoes were Sawyer Fisherman's Formula Picaridin and Natrapel 8 Hour, which each contain 20 percent picaridin, and Off! Deepwoods VIII, which contains 25 percent deet. They kept mosquitoes from biting for about 8 hours. (The Sawyer product was more effective at repelling ticks than the deet products we tested, making it our top insect repellent overall.)

Repel Lemon Eucalyptus, containing 30 percent lemon eucalyptus, stopped bites for 7 hours. The IR3535 products didnít make our list of recommended sprays. Neither did products that contained 5 percent picaridin or 7 percent deet.

We advise skipping products made with natural plant oils, such as California Baby Natural Bug Blend (a blend of citronella, lemongrass oil, cedar oil, and other ingredients) and EcoSmart Organic, (which includes geraniol, rosemary oil, cinnamon oil, and lemongrass oil). None lasted for more than 1 hour against Aedes mosquitoes, and some failed almost immediately. In addition, those products are not registered by the Environmental Protection Agency, which regulates skin-applied repellents and evaluates them for safety and effectiveness. Most plant-oil products are exempt from scrutiny by the EPA because the agency considers them to be a minimum risk to human health.

Instead, the CDC recommends using EPA-registered insect repellents. To see if a mosquito repellent is registered by the EPA, look for its registration number ("EPA Reg.") on the back of the label.
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Thanks, Trip! That's great information. I hope everyone will take notice, especially young people.

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We bought BEN's 3-% DEET today and also DEET wipes
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We bought BEN's 3-% DEET today and also DEET wipes
If you purchased a mosquito repellent that is only 3% Deet then you just wasted your money.

For effective repellent you should have a solution that is, at least, 25% or higher of Deet.

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To stay on topic, I have to say that you will have very little problem with mosquitoes in the port areas and towns. It's when you go inland, where there is jungle and standing water, that you will encounter mosquitoes.

If you are going to start a family then I "might" think twice about traveling to these areas but otherwise I would go. Just use a good repellent that is at least 25% or higher in Deet concentration.

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If you purchased a mosquito repellent that is only 3% Deet then you just wasted your money.

For effective repellent you should have a solution that is, at least, 25% or higher of Deet.

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We bought three DEET products ,each 30% plus DEET wipes
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To those of you who have been in the Caribbean recently did you wear shorts in the ports with tee shirts or garments to cover arms and legs because of the mosquitos .
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In Roatan and Belize we wore shorts, and used a repellent but there no bugs of any kind around
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