With all the recent rain and warmer temperatures, mozzie season is definitely here. Mosquito bites are more than just annoying, they can carry diseases, so it’s important to stay safe while out exploring from mozzie bites. With a bit of planning, you can reduce your risk of bites while out on your next journey this summer.
When out on the trail it is important to consider the location of the campsite to reduce the risk of mosquitos. Stagnant water is the number one breeding spot for mosquitoes therefore it should be avoided if possible. Although this may reduce mosquito exposure, encountering mosquitos is often unavoidable. For these instances, it is recommended to spray up and cover-up.
Insect repellants confuse a mosquito's sense of smell and taste which helps minimise the chances of them finding and biting your skin. Insect repellents such as Bushman, will stop mosquitos from biting you without killing them. Therefore It is important to apply coverage to all exposed areas to be most effective.
How to correctly apply insect repellant
- Read the label to make sure the product is safe and effective for your intended use.
- Shake the container well before applying.
- spray the product evenly over all exposed skin, avoiding your eyes, mouth, and any cuts or open wounds.
- Follow the instructions for the amount of time that the product should be left on your skin before reapplying.
- If you are using a product with a high concentration of DEET, wash your hands after applying it to avoid getting the product in your eyes or mouth.
- Store the product in a safe place, out of reach of children and pets.
Loose Fitted Clothing
Wearing loose fitted clothing can be an effective way to repel mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are attracted to the heat, moisture, and carbon dioxide that is emitted from the human body. Loose fitted clothing allows air to circulate around your body, which can help to keep you cool and dry. This can make it more difficult for mosquitoes to locate you and bite you. In addition, mosquitoes have a harder time penetrating loose fitted clothing compared to tight fitting clothing, as they have more fabric to navigate through. As a result, wearing loose fitted clothing can provide an extra layer of protection against mosquito bites.
The colour of clothing can play a role in attracting or repelling mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are attracted to dark colours, such as black, blue, and red, as these colours absorb heat and make it easier for them to locate a host. On the other hand, lighter colours, such as white, khaki, and beige, reflect heat and can make it more difficult for mosquitoes to locate a host. While the colour of clothing may not be the most important factor in repelling mosquitoes, it can be a useful tool in combination with other measures such as insect repellent and mosquito netting.
Zipping up Tents
Zipping up tents is another simple measure you can use in the prevention of mosquito bites as it creates a physical barrier. Mosquitoes are small enough to fit through small gaps and openings, so it is crucial to keep all openings properly sealed. By zipping up your tent, you can keep mosquitoes and outer various critters out, creating a comfortable and safe space for sleeping and resting.
Head nets are a useful tool for preventing mosquitoes from biting the head and face, as well as protecting the eyes, nose, and mouth. They create a physical barrier that mosquitoes cannot pass through and are lightweight and portable, making them convenient for all outdoor adventures.
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