Ah yes, mosquito season. Who doesn’t love sitting outside, enjoying the weather, only to be forced inside by those pesky suckers?! A lot of people will suggest wearing long pants and long sleeves to avoid these guys, but wait a second – is that actually helping? Can mosquitoes bite through clothes?
The short answer is, yes! They sure can! This depends on the type of material you’re wearing though.
Though mosquitoes love getting direct contact and easy access to your blood, they can bite through some fabric if it’s thin and tight-fitting enough. Think of their mouths as tiny needles – if a needle can make its way through your clothes, why couldn’t they?
Your best bet is to wear tightly-woven fabric. Think of something thick like corduroy. (We know, we know – corduroy is definitely not ideal for sitting outside in the summer sun. But the closer you can get to a tightly-woven fabric like this, the better.) When deciding what to wear outside, especially at night or by water, try to make a few small choices to help protect you: a baggy, long-sleeve shirt over a tank top, jeans over thin shorts, a hat over nothing protecting your head or face. These small decisions can help tremendously.
When you just can’t wear thicker clothing, it’s okay to stick with lighter fabrics and choose a different method of prevention. After all, we want you to enjoy your summer! Try wearing a hat with insect netting to cover your head, face, shoulders, and neck. You can even try out these unconventional ways to keep mosquitoes away from you (did you know coffee can help?!). Then use some natural mosquito repellents or sprays, depending on your preference. There are even some sprays designed specifically for fabric.