Mosquitoes often suck the enjoyment from the outdoors (along with your blood). The itchy result can be especially difficult for children and folks who seem to be mosquito magnets. Two standbys in insect repellents are the chemicals N-Diethyl-meta-toulamide (DEET) and permethrin. Non-chemical “natural” repellants also work, just not to the degree of these chemicals.

DEET is similar to SPF lotions in that concentrations quickly deliver diminishing returns. For example, 100% DEET does a great job of repelling insects, but it may also dissolve the finish on your bow handle or fishing reel. Concentrations between 15–25% are more popular applications, you’ll find this information listed on the label of the product. Permethrin was developed by the military and is most effective on clothing. Spraying it on your pants and boots will also repel ticks, chiggers, and other crawling insects.

A ThermaCELL non-spray device is one of the most effective devices for repelling mosquitoes while hunting or fishing and is nearly a necessity in many early season archery seasons.

What’s the science behind mosquito bites? How can you naturally reduce mosquito attraction? This post from The Wall Street Journal gets to the facts.

It is peak mosquito season, and while some lucky outdoor venturers seem unperturbed by the tiny insects, others appear to be relentlessly assaulted. Scientists are trying to understand what makes certain humans more attractive to the bugs. One expert, molecular vector biologist L.J. Zwiebel, a professor of biological sciences at Vanderbilt University, weighs in…[continued]

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Joe Byers has more than 1,000 magazine articles in print and is currently a field editor with Whitetail Journal, Predator Xtreme, Whitetails Unlimited, Crossbow Revolution, and African Hunting Journal magazines. He’s spent the last three decades depicting the thrill of the chase and photographing the majesty of all things wild. Byers is a member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association and numerous other professional and conservation organizations.