You may think that you’re protected from mosquitoes when you’re fully clothed. However, this isn’t always the case. Mosquitoes are more than capable of biting through your clothes, especially if the clothes are made of very thin material.
The Proboscis Makes it Possible
Female mosquitoes bite with their unique mouthpart called the proboscis. The proboscis is capable of piercing not only through skin, but directly through woven fabric as well. This means that when a female mosquito lands on your clothing, it is almost the same as if she had landed directly on your skin.
Avoid Tightly Fitted Clothing
Mosquitoes find it easier to bite through clothes that are fit closely to the skin, as they have more direct access to your skin underneath. If your clothing is made of thicker material and is loose fitting, a mosquito will have more difficulty biting you. This is because your skin is less likely to be in direct contact with the fabric.
What to Wear to Prevent Bites
- Wear long sleeves and full-length trousers, skirt, or dress. Mosquitoes are also very attracted to our feet and ankles, so make sure they are appropriately covered as well.
- Prevent mosquitoes from biting around your ears and neck with a scarf. Make sure that your scarf is big enough to easily drape around your neck or around your head to cover the ears as well.
- Clothing made of tightly-woven fabric will offer you the best protection. The thicker it is, the more protection you will get. You can also reduce the chances of mosquitoes biting through your clothes if they are made out of synthetic materials.
- Mosquitoes are more likely to be attracted to dark and brightly colored clothes. Try to wear light-colored clothing, such as white, beige, or khaki.
Call Us Instead!
When a mosquito has chosen you as their meal, it is willing to bite through clothes to feast. You can try to remember all the aforementioned tips and adjust your wardrobe so you aren’t a target, or you can just call us instead. Tuxedo Mosquito offers a variety of proven services to keep mosquitoes away.