How to Protect Yourself From Mosquitoes This Summer

How to Protect Yourself From Mosquitoes This Summer

It’s that time of the year again where everyone’s looking forward to outdoor activities under the sun and enjoying the summer heat. Some will be packing their bags to enjoy the different activities of the season, but unfortunately, it’s not only the fun activities that are invited by summer!

You guessed it, summer means it’s the time of year to be wary of the pesky blood-sucking buzzers that are sure to leave you with an itch: mosquitoes. Mosquitoes love warm weather, making summer their favorite too. 

It’s common to find mosquitoes buzzing around during summer and ruining the fun of being outside. Besides leaving you with an annoying itch when they decide to suck on your blood, mosquitoes are very well known to leave “parting gifts” that will sometimes make you sick.

Don’t let mosquito problems spoil the fun of summer. Luckily, there are ways you can avoid these pests to ensure that your activities push through. 

Know the Active Hours of Mosquitoes

While mosquitoes are seen flying around from dusk until dawn, there are peak hours where they are most active (meaning they’re out for blood). These are early in the morning, just when the sun rises, and late in the afternoon.

Now that you are aware of what time these creatures are most active, scheduling your activities is a good precautionary action to avoid bites from mosquitoes. It’s ideal to limit outdoor activities a couple of hours after sunrise and to end them early in the afternoon. 

Always Carry Mosquito Repellents

It doesn’t hurt to pack mosquito repellents with you on your trips. These can range from sprays and lotions to patches, but what’s important is you have one with you at all times. Although it doesn’t kill them, repellents are known to keep mosquitoes away. 

The compound found in mosquito repellents interferes with the natural senses of mosquitoes and other insects that may want to harm you. It’s always better safe than sorry, so make sure you pack that mosquito repellent on your next summer trip. 

Choose Your Apparel Wisely

You might want to consider thinking about what apparel you’ll be wearing when engaging in activities outdoors. Mosquitoes in general tend to be attracted to darker shades of clothing. It might be wiser to choose lighter-colored clothing when going outdoors during the summer.

Further, mosquitoes cannot penetrate tightly woven clothing, so you want to choose a fabric that’s secured to avoid mosquito bites. It’s a good precautionary measure to skip linen and cotton when trying to avoid mosquitoes.

A good example of clothing that will help keep you protected are sports clothes. The synthetic linen used on most sporting attire is tightly woven, making it impenetrable and, therefore can protect you against mosquito bites.

One more factor you’ll want to consider is how much of your body parts are exposed. Keeping yourself clothed, especially on the lower part of your legs will help a lot. Mosquitoes are low flyers and tend to feast on the lower parts of your body. Keeping them covered is a good way to keep mosquitoes away. 

The Breeze is Your Friend

With mosquitoes not being known for their flying skills, it’s good to plan activities in areas with a good amount of breeze. Mosquitoes in general are lightweight and are easily blown away by winds. This is why they tend to be low on the ground as there is much less breeze at that level. 

Choosing a spot where there’s a fair amount of breeze is a good way to avoid mosquitoes. If you’re planning to have an outdoor barbeque or gathering, keep a fan to help with the breeze. Mosquitoes won’t be able to do a fly-by when there’s a strong wind brought by a fan. 

Better Safe Than Sorry

Mosquito bites can definitely be annoying with their itch, but that’s not the real threat these pests bring. Mosquitoes are known to be carriers of deadly diseases such as Zika virus, Malaria, Dengue fever, and many other fatal diseases.

Practicing these precautionary tips will help a lot in minimizing mosquito interactions. Mosquitoes might be small, but the danger they pose is definitely much bigger. Pack that bug spray, get comfortable protective clothing, and plan your activities. These are small precautionary measures you can take that will definitely make a big impact. 
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