Insect Repellent Hats For Africa


Do you really need an insect repellent hat for hunting in Africa?


Insect repellent hats do the job in one of two ways...

  • A hat is made with material impregnated with an insect repellent such as permethrin OR
  • A hat is constructed with a drop-down mesh screen to create a physical barrier against insects.

A Permethrin Insect Repellent Hat Is Useful...

  • If you have always been particularly bothered by insects or are a 'mosquito-magnet', you might find some relief by wearing an insect repellent hat.
  • Certainly, if you are going to hunt in a malarial area of Africa and want to take every possible precaution.
  • However, know that most malaria-carrying and non-malarial mosquitos bite at dusk and during the night, so an insect repellent hat is rather defunct unless you wear it at dinner or in bed.
  • Generally when you are out hunting during the day in the usual bushveld hunting areas, mosquitoes are not a big problem. It is the tsetse fly and tick that are the real pests and and insect repellent hat is of limited use. Tsetse will mostly ignore permethrin and take a chunk out of your ear just under your hat and ticks generally start their journey on your body lower down on your legs.
  • Certainly, if you are hunting in swamp areas, rainforests or thick damp vegetation near water, where swarms of mosquitoes can make your life a misery, a permethrin-impregnated hat with a mesh net and industrial quantites of deet smeared on exposed skin may help.

Anti-Insect And Sun Protection

Most of the high-tech anti-insect hats also have built-in sun protection where the fabric has been treated with chemical UV absorbers or even a complete chemical sunblock. They should be labelled with their UPF value, such as 30+ or 50+. However, unlike the anti-insect properties, the sun protection effect diminishes if the hat fabric gets damp, very wet, over-stretched or worn frequently.

Recommended Insect Repellent Hats

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The BugsAway Adventure Hat is quick drying, lightweight and packable. It is designed for ultimate sun and bug protection. It is constructed from jade infused nylon so it's cool to the touch, UPF 30 and comes with a removable chin strap. Buy Now

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Craghoppers Men's Nosilife jungle sun hat is infused with Insect Shield insect repellent technology, is lightweight and easy to pack. It also features inbuilt sun-protection and a moisture control headband. Buy Now


Craghoppers desert cap has NosiLife's permanent insect protection to keep you safe from both the sun and the mosquitoes. This soft and lightweight cap has a moisture-control lining and side vents with a drop down panel to stop your neck getting sunburnt. Buy Now


This insect repellent hat also provides sun protection with a UPF 30+ rating, dries quickly and wicks moisture away from skin. It has mesh side panels to keep you cool and the cape folds away when you don't need it. Permethrin, the active ingredient in Insect Shield, is invisible, odourless and tightly bonded to the fabric fibres and lasts the expected lifetime of the garment (70 washes). It repels mosquitoes (including those carrying West Nile virus and malaria), ticks, ants, flies, chiggers and midges. Buy Now


Insect Repellent Head Nets

Head nets which are not built in to a hat, can be pulled over your regular hat when necessary. They can come ready impregnated with insect repellent or without.

To be effective the netting must be more than a probosis length away from your skin as tsetses and mosquitoes can pierce mesh and fabrics. Also make sure there is a snug fit around the neck and no holes, as a tsetse will find a way in.

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Keep mosquitos and other flying pests off your face and head with this fine mesh net which has an elastic neck for a snug fit. Designed to fit comfortably over most headwear. A safe and effective way to stay bug free without the use of chemicals. Lightweight and easy to carry anywhere. Buy Now


This head net is made of fine polyester black mesh netting which can be worn with or without a hat. It is impregnated with 'Insect Shield' and comes in it's own draw-string bag. Buy Now


Ben's InvisiNet is the highest-visibility mosquito and insect net on the market - so sheer that even the mosquitoes won't see it coming. This head net design offers a drop neck to cover unzipped shirts and jackets, allowing maximum ventilation in hot conditions and super high-visibility and unimpeded views. The secure fit and elasticized crown keeps the net in place on your head or hat, no matter your movement or wind speed. Buy Now


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