Mosquitoes fly close to the ground
Due to gusts of wind, mosquitoes tend to keep quite close to the ground. This means your feet, ankles and calves are generally pretty vulnerable. They should be your focus when applying repellent.
Keep an eye on your lower legs when sitting at dinner. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve sat with my legs under the table, only to realise at the end of the meal that I’m covered in bites. Turns out, the mosquitoes were feasting, too!
Some light, airy trousers, preferably tapered at the ankle are your best bet. Long sleeves are great too, or a light scarf or shawl to shield exposed skin.
Experts reckon mosquitoes use the contrast of your silhouette against the background to determine whether to bite. Wearing lighter colours lowers the contrast, making you less visible to the nibblers.
Rules of Attraction
While no one is immune to getting bitten, there are certain chemicals in the skin and blood that attract mosquitoes more than others. Sadly, this is genetic and so there’s not much you can change.
If you’re one of those people who feels they always get more bites than everyone else, you’re probably not going crazy! It’s not in your head, it’s in your genes.
There’s some evidence to suggest people with O blood type attract more mosquitoes than A and B.
Mosquitoes are sensitive to CO2 levels, and they use these to find you out. If you have a naturally high metabolism (or are pregnant, overweight, or exercising), you are more smellable to the mozzys.
Alcohol is also attractive to mosquitoes.
So, if you’ve just worked out in dark clothing and have sat down with a beer, you’re a vulnerable target.