While insect bites are not 100% avoidable, there are a few things that you can do to help prevent them:
- Use insect repellent. Insect repellent is just like sunscreen, you simply buy a bottle and spray it on your exposed skin. The chemicals in the insect repellent will help ward off those little unwanted visitors.
- Cover exposed skin, if possible. This can be tricky – if it is hot outside, you do not want to cover up completely because you will get too hot. But, on a cool summer night, if you are camping it could be beneficial to cover your exposed skin. Decide based on the temperature, your activity and how you feel.
- Avoid areas with an excessive insect population. Locations such as a highly wooded area with a pond full of still water nearby are going to harbor more insects than other areas. Be extra cautious in areas like these, and avoid them when possible.