Wearing clothes close to the body is not always the safest choice when trying to protect your skin from mosquitoes. A mosquito’s proboscis can fit through the fabric of most clothing, allowing the insect to still feed on the blood with ease. A mosquito’s proboscis contains six needles that can penetrate through skin and material. The tighter the clothing, the easier it is for the mosquito to gain access to the blood. If what you wear is your way of preventing a mosquito bite, be mindful of what you wear.
What Clothes Can Mosquitoes Bite Through?
Long sleeve shirts and pants are a staple to protect yourself from mosquitoes, but some clothing is better than others. Mosquitoes can bite through spandex, along with any other material whose threading is not tightly knit together. Your favorite yoga pants or skinny jeans may be comfortable to wear, but it is a transparent material for the mosquito. The spacious threading allows the proboscis to go in between to retrieve what it needs to survive—your blood.
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What to Wear to Prevent Mosquito Bites
The best preventable clothing to wear against mosquito bites is loose-fitting. This type of clothing is far enough from the skin that it doesn’t allow the mosquito’s proboscis to penetrate the skin. Wear full-length trousers or a skirt or dress, and remember to cover your feet and ankles.
Tightly woven fabric will offer you the best protection; the same goes for synthetic materials and thicker fabric. Corduroy isn’t ideal clothing during the warmer months, but the tightly-knitted material is impenetrable to the mosquito. The thicker, the better. If you can’t bear to wear thick materials, another way to prevent mosquito bites is to spray your clothes with DEET insect repellent.
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