Tips To Avoid Mosquito Bites
Posted on June 12, 2017
Here are some tips to avoid mosquito bites:
Avoid mosquito hot spots
One way you can avoid mosquito bites when traveling is to check to see if your vacation destination is a hot spot for mosquito activity, and if the areas where the mosquito-borne diseases are more prevalent.
Luckily organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and The World Health Organization, have all this information available. A simple google search will let you see which areas are hot spots for diseases.
Wear light colors
Mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors. This is believed to be because of the contrasting dark colored clothes provide against the horizon during dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
Wearing lightly colored clothing is a good way to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.
However, it is important to note that it’s also a good idea to stay away from bright colors, as these are known to attract stinging insects such as wasps. Because of this, neutral and pastel colored clothing is advised to help prevent mosquito bites.
Use insect repellent
When it comes to avoiding mosquito bites insect repellent is your best friend! This is because it is one of the most effective solutions.
You can buy insect repellents from your local supermarket and/or pharmacy, and apply to any exposed areas of the skin. Those products, which include DEET, claim to be the most effective, but there are alternatives if you are allergic.
It’s a good idea to apply insect repellent before leaving your hotel or apartment especially during the later parts of the day.
Depending on the strength of the spray, apply frequently to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.
Always follow the product label instructions carefully.
Avoid certain times of day
Mosquitoes are more active at dusk and dawn, although this may differ depending on the species.
These times of the day are often cooler and less windy making conditions more favorable conditions for mosquitoes.
To avoid mosquito bites it’s a good idea to plan any activities you might have during the times of day when mosquitoes are less active.
Wear appropriate clothing
More often than not, mosquitoes will bite on any area of exposed skin. Because of this, it’s a good idea to wear long-sleeved clothing to protect yourself against mosquito bites.
This may sound ridiculous as long sleeves and warm climates aren’t exactly a match, but this doesn’t mean you have to wear jeans and a sweater.
Long sleeved t-shirts and linen pants are both good options.
Remove standing water
We’ve all been guilty of leaving the buckets from our beach trip out on the deck or patio. However, did you know that these can attract mosquitoes? Standing water provides mosquitoes with the perfect breeding environment!
You can avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes by making your accommodation less appealing to mosquitoes. This can simply be done by remembering to empty water out of glasses, mugs, cups, buckets if being left outside.
Keep air circulated
Mosquitoes aren’t strong fliers (that’s why they are more active during dusk and dawn when there is little wind).
Keeping air circulated with the use of fans is a good way to avoid getting bitten by a mosquito, as it makes it difficult for them to fly near you.