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Keep Mosquitos Away When in the Outdoors

Going in the outdoors is great and fun but you need to be meticulous about it and always go prepared. This doesn’t mean just go with the right clothing or the comfortable hiking boots, but also get informed and take with you protection for all sorts of hazards.

From the dangerous ticks to the quite annoying mosquitos, there are plenty of things you need to take care of before hitting the trails.

Mosquitos aren’t just annoying and loud as they buzz a lot, but they do bite and it does itch a lot.

Keep them at distance

It’s always better to be safe than sorry so it’s definitely easier to keep the mosquito away and not treat their bites.

It’s important to use DEET-based insect repellent in a 20% solution. You need to spray this on your exposed skin so that the mosquitos don’t land on you. Don’t forget to wash it off when you get home, though.

You may also wear some Permethrin treated clothe and you may have your pick from pre-treated shirts to pre-treated pants. If this doesn’t fit your likings, treat your clothes with some permethrin spray instead. The boots should be safe from mosquitos, but sometimes they may be able to bite even through tough materials.

It’s also a good idea to hike especially in the morning and early afternoon as the mosquitos peak especially before sunset. Stay on the open, sunny trails and avoid the shady, protected forest. The drier the air is, the harder it is for the mosquitos.

If you’re at home, burn some citronella candles as they really don’t like its smell.

How to treat mosquito bites

Once you’ve been bitten, there’s not much left for you to do. You may get an intense itching feeling but here are some soothing tips:

  • Wash the bite area with some soap and water
  • Don’t itch it as you may cause an infection
  • Apply some anti-itch medicine. Calamine lotion is a good option but you should have on you some anti-itch sticks as they’re quite efficient too

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