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Can Mosquitoes Bite Through Clothes

An image of a mosquito on white cloth about to try and bite through

Can mosquitoes bite through clothes? Yes, they can if the fabric is thin enough. The thinner and tighter fitting the clothes (think yoga pants) are the worst. Mosquitoes use their mouth effectively as a needle to bite their victims. Tight-fitting clothes are effectively just thicker skin for mosquitoes, and so not a problem.

Wearing clothes that totally cover you does indeed reduce your risk of being bitten, however, don’t feel too protected. A mosquito that is determined to bite you will find a way if you are not properly protected.
Light colours again may be a good way to discourage the bugs from attacking you, but you must be protected properly.

1 – Clothing as a deterrent

One of the best types of clothing to use when trying to protect yourself from mosquitoes are netted hats. Hats that incorporate a hanging net that covers your face and upper body. The mosquitoes will try and fail to bite you through nets as they simply cannot reach you.

The most obvious thing to do would be to wear thick clothing, however, given where mosquitoes call home, this is not always the best idea. Mosquitoes love hot and humid climate, which is unfortunately where we all love to wear shorts and t-shirts. This does leave us very susceptible to being bitten, but there isn’t always a choice.

2 – Mosquito repellent for clothes

There is a huge range of mosquito repellents that advertise themselves as “safe to use on clothing”. Clothing repellent is a great was to stop mosquitoes from biting you and protecting yourself.

The problem is that most of these products are dangerous to use on your skin, damaging skin and even burning you. Make sure you read the instructions on the products you buy and be careful.

You can find many specially designed sporting and camping clothes that are light enough for hot weather but also protect you. Shop around for your preferred option.
Make sure you read the instructions on the products you buy and be careful.

3 – Natural Repellents

You should try more natural options and avoid many of the dangerous chemical options. The natural oils that come from the Citronella plant and Tea Tree plant have been shown to be successful at repelling mosquitoes.
The species of mosquito you are dealing with has an impact on how useful these natural options can be. It is good to remember that these natural alternatives should not be held to the same benchmark as mainstream chemical-based repellents.

It is also recommended that regarding all repellents you use that you check any allergy problems that could arise.

If you do get bitten, you may want to consider some natural remedies.

4 – Mosquito Control

In more serious cases of mosquito swarms, you will be forced to hire professionals to remove them. This is rare relative to most cases, if you are experiencing that mosquitoes where you live then call the experts. Reducing mosquito populations drastically is the single best way to reduce your risk of being bitten. If there aren’t mosquitoes to bite you then you can’t get bitten. You could also buy a powerful zapper to do the hard work for you. We have a list of some of the best zappers on the market.

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