Tips for Mosquitos

Getting bitten by mosquitoes and other flying ‘biters’ is inevitably going to happen to most gardeners at one time or another. While it is extremely irritating and can have you scratching your skin to bits, there are some precautions you can take to reduce the risk, although you’re probably never going to eliminate it. Clothing is the key here. Wearing light colored long sleeved shirts and lightweight canvas long trousers will protect you more than wearing a T-shirt and a pair of shorts. Lighter colors also help. Not only are mosquitoes more drawn to darker clothing, light colored clothes reflect the heat and are usually far cooler when working outdoors. Spraying insect repellent onto your skin also helps deter the ‘midgies’ and you can even spray it directly onto your clothing if you prefer. Even if you don’t like wearing insect repellent, don’t go to the other extreme and wear perfumes or aftershaves as the scent from these attract mosquitoes and other insects.