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Outdoor First Aid

Bug Bites: Close Your Clothes

Use these tips to bug-proof your clothes.

In mosquito, black fly, no-see-um, or tick country, bugproofing your clothing is as important as packing a repellent arsenal. To protect your tender flesh, wear tightly woven but breathable fabrics like microfiber nylon, long pants and long-sleeved shirts with closable collars, a hat and perhaps a bandanna over your ears, and thin gloves. Stuff your pant legs inside your socks, and seal wrist openings with hook-and-loop closures or duct tape.