Mosquitoes are more than an itchy, bothersome pest. They can be carriers for dangerous viruses, parasites, and diseases through their bites. To help you keep from getting another swollen, red mosquito bite, we have compiled a list of the best and worst clothing options to brave the outdoors with.
What Should I Wear for Mosquito Prevention?
Choose Your Fabrics Wisely
What pest has six legs and mouths? That’s right, mosquitoes. Mosquitoes have long mouthparts called proboscis, which are sharp enough to pierce the skin and even some more types of fabric. To avoid getting mosquito bites when spending time outside, make sure to wear clothes made of denim, wool, velvet, and nylon ripstop. Polyester, gingham, and thicker cotton material or cotton blends may offer some protection, but don’t be surprised if you still get bites with these materials. Make sure to avoid wearing lightweight materials such as spandex, gauze, and light cotton or linen/polyester blends (voile).
Make Sure Your Clothes Have the Right Fit and Shape
The tighter the clothing, the easier it is for a mosquito to penetrate the layer of material. That being said, avoid wearing yoga pants, tights, and other lightweight garments when mosquitoes are most active. Loose-fitting clothing is ideal, but make sure the garment isn’t so loose that mosquitoes can get inside! Remember, the more skin your clothes cover, the better off you will be when it comes to mosquito bites. Cover exposed skin with long pants, shirts, and higher necklines.
Pick the Right Colors for Mosquito Prevention
Mosquitoes are attracted to heat, and some experts say that darker colors hold in more heat than light colors do while others say there is minimal to no effect. Our mosquito exterminators believe that it is better safe than sorry! Another theory is that darker colors may attract mosquitoes more than lighter colors because they are more visible against the horizon. Higher visibility combined with the fact that you are radiating carbon dioxide and warmth will turn you into a mosquito magnet. So, while wearing lighter colors such as white, beige, or pale yellow may help, take this piece of advice with a grain of salt.
Opt for Mosquito-Repelling Accessories
The key to any carefully chosen outfit is the accessories. Make a fashion statement to mosquitoes with close-toed shoes like boots or sneakers. Mosquitoes are attracted to the smell of sweat, so keeping your feet covered will prevent you from getting painful bites. If you are going to be in an especially buggy area or going out during peak hours, make sure to tuck your pant legs into your socks or shoes as an added precaution. If you really want to complete the bug-proof look, add in an outdoor “bug hat” to protect your face and ears from these biting insects.
Get a Mosquito Yard Treatment
Though it is helpful to know what not to wear when you are heading outside for some fresh air, it is easy to forget until after you already have a bite. You might want to consider getting a mosquito yard treatment to prevent mosquito bites and reduce the chances of contracting a mosquito-borne illness. Palmetto Mosquito Control installs residential mosquito misting systems and temporary mosquito treatments to help you take back your yard. Contact Palmetto Mosquito Control today to find the right mosquito control solutions for your needs. In the meantime, read up on everything you need to know about preventing and treating mosquito bites in our blog.