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Can You Get Mosquito Bites Through Clothes?

Close-up picture of mosquito biting human skin

Close-up picture of mosquito biting human skin

Can Mosquitoes Bite through Clothes?

Though they prefer direct access to blood, mosquitoes can bite through clothes if the fabric is thin and tight fitting. The pests’ needle-like mouthparts pierce delicate cotton t-shirts with ease.

While wearing long sleeves and light colors reduces the chance of a mosquito biting through clothes, it doesn’t remove the possibility. A hungry mosquito can often find an exposed place to feed.

Clothing as a Deterrent

Hats with insect netting can keep these pests away from the face or shoulders, and mosquitoes may struggle to bite through thick material. Of course, wearing heavy clothing isn’t always an option. On a hot day, thin clothes might be the only practical choice.

Mosquito Repellent for Clothes

Many products market themselves for use on fabric. Treating clothing with these clothing repellents limits the likelihood of getting a mosquito bite through clothes. However, some products could be harmful on bare skin, so read and follow directions carefully and completely.

Mosquito Control

For serious infestations, treatment may be more effective than simply repelling insects in a small area. Orkin experts can decide the best way to reduce the pests’ numbers and impact.


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