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How to avoid mosquito bites

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Whether you're on holiday or enjoying the summer weather at home, mosquitoes can be a real nuisance when you're trying to make the most of the great outdoors. Flocking to hot and humid conditions, these insects can leave you with nasty bite marks that are irritatingly itchy.

Luckily, just by taking a few precautions you can avoid being a mosquito magnet – scroll below to find out how to avoid mosquito bites…

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There are easy ways to avoid mosquito bites

Avoid dark coloured clothes

Colours like black, navy and red are attractive to mosquitoes as they use vision to find their targets. Try lighter colours such as white or pastels instead to avoid standing out to them.

Cover up at dusk

Although mosquitoes can bite at any time during the day, they particularly thrive during these hours so make sure to cover up or stay indoors.

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Mosquitoes are drawn to hot and humid temperatures

Avoid fragrances

Avoid wearing fragrances. Mosquitoes feed on flower nectar to get sugar, so floral scents from perfume, scented shampoos, hand creams, soap and fabric softeners are alluring to them. Switch to using unscented products to reduce the risk of attracting the bugs.

Close the bathroom window

Mosquitoes love high humidity levels, so after taking a shower, leave the bathroom and close the window as soon as possible to stop the room becoming a mosquito hub.

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Avoid being outdoors at dusk as this is when the bugs thrive

Avoid exercising at dusk

Ideally you want to avoid exercising during this part of the day as the extra carbon dioxide you exhale is all the more attractive to mosquitos.

Wear protective gear

While cotton and linen typically aren’t great armour, insect repellent clothing is more tightly woven and will physically block mosquito bites.

Use insect repellent whenever you head outdoors

Opt for a long lasting spray such as Theye’s Mosquito Repellent Micro Spray which provides effective protection for up to 6 hours after a single application, or Theye’s Mosquito repellent wrist band for when you’re on the go.

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