What to wear to stop bugs from biting

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Bugs may seem to be harmless but some of them can spread dangerous diseases such as Lyme diseases, Zika virus, malaria, and dengue. Therefore, it’s necessary to take precaution to avoid bugs bites. In order to avoid such bites, you should ask yourself what should you wear to stop bugs from biting you?

According to dermatologists, to help prevent bugs bites, they recommend the following tips:

Protective Clothing

To prevent bug bites, it’s important to wear appropriate clothing as they can provide protection from bugs biting. Therefore, you should wear;

  • Clothing made from a thick material and texture-insects can’t easily bite through thick clothing.
  • Wear boots to protect the ankles from bugs bites.
  • Wear thick socks together with long-trousers- they provide protection thus when the bottoms of your trousers are all tucked into your socks.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts, head-nets as well as collars and hats.
  • Wear closed shoes rather than sandals to cover most parts of your legs.
  • Wear Tightly-woven fabrics-some bugs are so tiny that they can easily walk their way all through your clothing thus, to get onto your skin to give that itching bite. Hence, the smaller the space in between threads, the much harder it will be for such bugs to penetrate your clothes.
  • Often, brighter colors attract some insects compared to darker colored clothing. Therefore, wear light-colored and loose-fitting clothing while outside. Dark colors attract bugs and they can easily bite when you wear tight clothing.
  • However, avoid wearing bright and floral pattern clothing as they resemble scrumptious flowers and these, in turn, can make you be attractive to wasp as well as bees
  • For additional protection; often pull-up your socks over your pants as well as tuck your shirts in your pants to avoid having loose ends that allows bugs into bites

Despite wearing protective clothing, some insects can still bite through socks or even other clothes. Therefore, to deter this, you can pre-treat the outer-layers of your clothing using insecticides or even repellent as they contain an active ingredient-Permethrin.

You should follow all the directions or instructions carefully and allow your clothes to dry-up for at-least 2 hours that is, before wearing them.

For people who are active during day-time can effectively protect themselves by simply wearing thin-clothing in many parts of their body as possible as well as apply repellent to parts of their body that are left exposed.

Treating clothing

Apart from wearing protective clothing, you can also treat your clothing with repellents in-order to prevent bugs from landing orbiting you. The most used repellents to treat clothing are insecticides from the pyrethroid group like permethrin.

Its compounds don’t repel the insects but rather allow bugs to make contact with your fabric and irritates or even kill them that is before they could manage to bite or feed on you.

Advantages of using repellents:

  • They are preferable to skin-applications since they reduce the possibility of allergic reactions if correct dosage is applied.
  • They last longer on the clothing and somehow can withstand sunlight, weathering as well as washing in cold water.
  • They are more pleasant or accommodating to use as they have a little-to-no odor, color as well as greasiness.
  • They act quickly as well as kill or repel biting bugs.
  • They don’t affect plastic products.
  • They are much cheaper compared to other brands of repellents

Cons:

  • They degrade quickly in sunlight
  • When washed using hot water and soap, they get washed off.

How to treat clothing:

You can treat your clothing with permethrin by simply spraying the insecticide onto the clothing from a pressurized-spray can or even by soaking in an aqueous emulsion. However, the recommended dosage for jackets, coats, trousers as well as long-sleeved shirts is 1.25g/m or 0.125 mg/cm.

For short-sleeved shirts is 0.8g/m or 0.08 mg/cm. pressurized can that contain DEET can be found more easily but the recommended dosage is 20g/m or rather 70g of active-ingredient per one piece of clothing.

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