I've consulted my guide books and they seem to be fairly silent on the subject - I'm hoping this means that there aren't any and that I won't have to cover myself in DEET for the entire holiday and that I could actually wear some perfume. Any advice ?
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It really depends on what you plan to be doing and where you'll be and how wet it's been. I hike quite a bit and generally end up with lots of bites. I'll sometimes get a few in town in the evening. In Hana, especially, you should expect mosquitoes. As alternatives to DEET, you can wear clothes treated with permethrin or use the non-smelly picaridin repellent.
Efficacy: Picaridin was tested against mosquitoes, flies and ticks in both field studies and in laboratory cage tests. Against certain strains of mosquitoes, Picaridin provides equal or longer protection than identical concentrations of DEET. Efficacy against ticks has been demonstrated in laboratory cage tests.
Cosmetics: Picaridin has been successfully tested with dermatologist. It will not cause irritations on your skin and is nearly odorless.
sorry - I forgot to say we'll be there in December - does it make a difference.
I've tried pretty everything on the market and DEET is the only thing that seems to keep them away. Unfortunately one small bite swells up on me to about an inch (sometimes two) across - then I scratch it incessantly and end up scabby and lumpy ! We'll be in Maui, Keauhou and Honolulu.
Last time we were around HNL in Dec/Jan, we stayed at a big resort just after a week of storms. The initial room they gave us on the 2nd floor was crawling with mosquitoes from the air vents. We asked for a room change to as high up as possible, and that was eventually fine.