The best ways to protect yourself against mozzies

Mosquitoes can make enjoying the great outdoors tough, especially if you’re prone to attracting them.

Not only do mozzie bites itch like crazy, they can transfer dangerous diseases such as malaria. But here are some sure-fire ways to make sure you’re not a mozzie banquet.

Wear protective clothing

Mosquitoes will usually go for any kind of exposed skin. So if possible, wear a long-sleeved shirt and/or pants to keep your covered up. If you’re swimming, perhaps a rash shirt or wrapping yourself in a towel while you’re not in the water.

Wear light colours

It may seem crazy, but some studies have shown that mosquitoes are attracted to darker colours. It’s believed to have something to do with the contrasting darker horizon colours during dusk — when they’re most active. By wearing lighter, neutral and more pastel tones in colours such as blue, yellow and pink, you are less likely to be bitten.

Insect repellant

Easily the most effective solution. It’s stocked at supermarkets, chemists and your local camping store.

You specifically want something that contains “DEET” (diethyltoluamide) which is proven to be the best for keeping those pesky bugs away. Always read the instructions, but it is definitely worth applying regularly to keep the mozzies at bay, especially if you’re near water or sweating profusely.

Alternatively, you can make your own spray.

Remove standing water

Still water left for a period of time is the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. Don’t leave buckets of water out at a campsite or on the balcony. If there is a water bowl for pets, make sure it’s washed out and changed regularly.

Insect net

This is a good one if you’re camping anywhere or hanging down on the beach. Purchasing a large insect net will help keep you protected, especially at night when sleeping and you’re not able to swat them away. Insect nets are affordable and come in all different sizes to accommodate your outdoor adventure.