Summer (and mosquitoes) is just around the corner
When summer is upon us, it's often synonymous with warm and bright evenings that invite you to cosy up outside. Unfortunately, the cosy atmosphere can come to an abrupt end when mosquitoes swarm and bite the whole family.
1. Check the clock
There are certain times of the day when mosquitoes become particularly active. If you want to avoid being bitten, keep an eye out when it's getting close to dusk.
In the early evening and right up until sunrise, female mosquitoes are on the hunt for blood to lay their eggs. Mosquitoes are particularly active at sunrise and sunset, so you need to be extra vigilant.
2. Cover up your arms and legs
You've probably realised that it's your arms and legs that are particularly affected by mosquito bites. When the little buggers come out, it's important to make sure you cover your body well.
Visible and exposed areas such as arms and legs are a good idea to protect with long trousers and sweaters. You can also wrap up in blankets if that's more cosy. While it may not seem obvious to wrap up in clothes when it's hot, it's necessary to keep the little bugs out.
3. A mosquito net is worth the investment
A mosquito net is an effective tool to keep mosquitoes at bay. As the name suggests, the net is stretched over you and can prevent mosquitoes from biting you. It's therefore a good idea to sleep under a mosquito net, especially if you're travelling abroad where mosquitoes can transmit serious diseases.
4. Choose your spot wisely
If you want to avoid waking up with itchy bites the next morning you better choose your spot wisely.
Make sure you don't sit where it's particularly humid or where there's stagnant water, as these are areas where mosquitoes love to breed and generally hang out.
5. Use products for mosquito bites
Even if you take all the necessary precautions, it's still likely that a mosquito will land on you. Fortunately, if you are unfortunate enough for a mosquito to leave you an itchy greeting, there are some products that can minimise the discomfort. But remember, you need to be aware of which products you use.
+ A bonus tip
A useful tool is Australian Bodycare's spot stick based on tea tree oil. With its handy size, it's easy to take with you everywhere, and it's instantly soothing and effective.