1. LIGHT IT UP

The scent of citronella is known to repel mosquitoes and other critters. The citronella doesn’t kill them and is non-toxic to people. Light a few candles around your tent or garden so you can enjoy a peaceful evening outdoors. 

Price: R90 Tabard citronella glass candle; R141 Tabard citronella night candles at Clicks.

2. COVER UP 

Protect yourself by wearing long sleeves and trousers. A comfortable jacket will keep you warm on cool nights while the collar will stop mozzies from biting your neck. 
The K-Way men’s Felixx softshell jacket (R800) has an adjustable hem and elasticated cuffs – perfect for keeping out the wind and mozzies.

Another option is the K-Way men’s Hagger fleece (R700). Women will be grateful for the protection offered by the K-Way Cleo funnel-neck fleece (R400).

Contact: www.capeunionmart.com

You might look like a lost beekeeper wearing the Coghlan’s head net, but at least you’ll be safe from bug invaders. The net fits over your hat and covers your face and neck. It’s elasticized for a snug fit.

Price: R42

Contact: www.campandclimb.co.za

In addition to a repellent like Tabard or Peaceful Sleep, the OZtrail mozzie net offers protection during the night. Always check there are no holes in it. Tip: Tuck the edges under your mattress so you don’t accidentally expose an arm or a foot.

Price: R220 (single bed)

Contact: www.campandclimb.co.za

3. PATCH IT UP

The Mosquito Patch is quick and easy to use: Simply stick it on and keep the pests away. Each patch contains citronella oil and can last for up to 12 hours. Price: From R50 at places like Makro, Clicks and Outdoor Warehouse.

4. BAND TOGETHER

Your kids will probably love these glow-in-the-dark bands, which contain a slow-release insect repellent. They’re durable and waterproof and effective for up to 48 hours.  
Price: R42 at Clicks. 

5. CLOSE THOSE GAPS

Tabard and Peaceful Sleep are household names and there’s a reason they have been around for years. You can’t cover up every inch of your skin, but applying an insect repellent is the next best thing. The spray can also be used to treat clothing and bedding.

Price: Peaceful Sleep spray R60, Peaceful Sleep stick R30; Tabard lotion R28, Tabard spray R49 at Clicks.

go! says: If you prefer a natural product, look for an insect repellent that contains khakibos extract.