It’s that wonderful time of year again. The sun is shining, the weather is beautiful, the grass is green, and the mosquitoes are looking for a plasma donation. Before you willingly consent to these efficient and merciless bloodsuckers, take a look at the following tips and tricks. They might save you a pint or two.
The most obvious but overlooked method of repelling mosquitoes is simply a smart choice of clothing. It’s really your first line of defense, so don’t neglect it. Mosquitoes are attracted to the carbon dioxide we exhale and our body temperature, so if you can hide those as much as possible, it stands to reason you’ll be more protected.
Wearing long sleeves and pants might not be fun in the heat and humidity of summer, but it really goes a long way to preventing insect bites. The key during hot weather is to use performance clothing that breathes well (think polyester, light merino wool, etc.).
Also consider the use of head nets to save your sanity. Simply drape over your hat to keep mosquitoes from buzzing around your face, and you’ll get to spend more time outside doing what you love. Sure, you might not look your coolest, but you also won’t have a black eye from swatting at your own face.