Enjoy outdoor activities such as fishing, camping and hiking without the inconvenience of slathering yourself in messy insect repellent sprays and lotions. Mosquito repellent clothing has insect repellent permanently bound to its fabric, protecting you from head to toe in insect-infested conditions.
Launched in 2010, Nosilife permanent insect repellent clothing is part of the Craghoppers outdoor clothing range. According to Craghoppers, Nosilife technology is proven by Europe's leading research facility to reduce the number of insects that land on you by 45 percent, and to reduce the number of mosquito, midge and tick bites by up to 90 percent.
Craghoppers Nosilife trousers, shirts, shorts, socks and other garments have permethrin insect repellent woven into their fabric during manufacture. Permethin is a type of pyrethroid insecticide frequently used in pest control. As Nosilife permethrin treatment is fused to the clothing yarn's fibres during the exclusive manufacturing process, the repellent effects are permanent – Nosilife treatment does not wash out and lasts for the lifetime of the clothing.
Exofficio Bugsaway and Columbia Bug Shield are other brands of mosquito repellent clothing to look out for. You can also buy permethrin clothing treatment to treat clothes and other outdoor gear such as tents and bags. Permethrin clothing treatment remains effective and bound to fabric for several washes.
Mesh Bug Jackets
A protective mesh bug jacket is made from fine mesh material with approximately 400 holes per square inch. The mesh prevents mosquitoes, midges and other biting insects from landing on your skin or biting through your clothes. A bug jacket fits comfortably over your regular clothes and gives your upper body, head and face complete protection from insect bites.
The Scottish Highlands, particularly the West Coast of Scotland, are renowned for their high populations of ferocious biting midges, which are a nuisance and sometimes problematic for tourists and local residents. If you are in danger of encountering the Scottish midge, a bug jacket can save you from days of miserable, itching insect bites.
Mosquito Net Hats
There are few things more unpleasant than swarms of biting flies around your head and face. As the name suggests, a mosquito net hat consists of a fine mesh attached to a hat. Hats can be wide-brimmed with the added advantage of sun protection, or styled like a baseball cap. The mesh drops down around your face and neck, giving total protection against insect bites while still providing adequate ventilation and good visibility. Some mosquito head nets are designed so that you can tuck the insect net away and still wear the hat.
Mosquito net hats are lightweight, comfortable and cheap. They usually fold neatly away to a small size, which makes them easily transportable. Hats are often supplied with their own small storage bag.