How to avoid mosquito bites in Summer

avoid mosquito bitesWho is not bothered by those pesky insects? want to know how to avoid mosquito bites? Nothing worse than being in bed after a long and lazy day during your holiday and notice when you are about to sleep an annoying buzz of a mosquito around your ear.

Sometimes they may seem they do it on purpose as they had an annoying intelligence. When you turn the light on you never find them out but turn it off and they come fast to annoy you again. Even worse … when you get rid of one another appears as from a queue for annoying your sleep.

The new variety known as tiger mosquito is more likely to sting multiple times in a row even during the day… better get rid of them as soon as possible.

Why mosquitoes always bite me? Facts

mosquitos-factsSometimes we have a friend or our partner sleeping next to us who never get bitten by mosquitoes or much less than us. What keeps mosquitoes away from biting you?

There are several reasons that can cause this situation and I will try to give you a solution:

  • Try to take a shower before going to bed, dry sweat is usually very attractive to mosquito.
  • If you expel more CO2 while sleeping than the person next to you, you are more likely to get bitten.
  • Genetically we are more or less predisposed to receive bites and unfortunately you can do nothing against this.
  • Dark clothes can attract mosquitoes, try using light clothing.
  • Blood type is a relevant factor, blood type 0 is the favourite of these pesky insects.
  • The type of bacteria we have in the skin can make us  more or less likely to be bitten.
  • Pregnant exhale more CO2 so they use to attract more mosquitoes.

Is mosquito in Malaga or Spain dangerous?

The other night my wife killed one mosquito and texted me worried, even asked me to check the victim. She is from Indonesia where mosquito is dangerous in fact,  it can spread dengue fever and other dangerous viruses. After her first year living in Spain she just found here they are harmless.

They have found that Tiger mosquito can spread dengue, zika or chikungunya virus; this fact is common in any European country. Don’t worry, for it to happen the mosquito has to bite first someone with that disease that is not common in our territory.

There is not known cases yet for a contagious disease from mosquito in Malaga.

As personal note, when I travel to countries that in fact are dangerous I just take the common measures against mosquitoes and never had a problem; just continue reading to find them out.

Mosquito species in Spain

In Spain you can find 3 different species of mosquitoes, one of them is the Anopheles that is usually near clean waters. It tends to bite during the night and prefers the dark clothes.

Another type of mosquito is the tiger mosquito, an invasive specie that is not endemic to the country and can bite during both the day and night. Water from terrace or flower pots are their favourite places to grow. They differ from others by its scratched body. This type of mosquito is quite aggressive so they can bite successively.

The common mosquito that is usually found inside houses has a low aggressiveness and usually bites during the night.


There is a new mosquito, the Aedes japonicus, that has been found in the north of Spain (Asturias) for the first time in 2018. It is similar to the Tiger mosquito, but brown and bigger. This mosquito is capable of transmitting the West Nile Virus but is reluctant to bite humans and not present in the rest of Spain. This mosquito from Asia use to live in forest areas and is already established in countries like France, Belgium and the United States.

How to prevent mosquito bites

The best way to avoid being disturbed at night is to prevent, there are several ways to do it:

Use mosquito net for bed in summermosquitero-cama

Sleep with a bed mosquito-net to protect us from insects is perhaps the most convenient method, you can even make fun of them from the other side and sleep with the window open.

There are all advantages and one has the feeling of revenge, because you know they want to bite you, but they can not.

In Amazon you can find a recommended mosquito net:

There are also mosquito nets for windows that you can find from the link above.

Using mosquito repellent

Use a mosquito repellent to avoid mosquito bites is another option, indeed quite effective though not as much as the bed-net.

You can buy it in any supermarket or pharmacy and it just needs being applied before bedtime. It provides protection for a few hours … although being honest, I have never been bitten by a mosquito after using it, but the smell might be unpleasant for some.

I recommend using it mainly on your exposed body without forgetting ears and face and be generous. When using not much the effectiveness and duration will be much shorter.

There are 3 kinds of repellents:

Spary repellent anti-mosquitoes
Spray repellents work like a charm (second option above); if you don’t mind the smell it is a good choice.

Spray anti-mosquito

This method is not to avoid mosquito bites but to kill them. I’m not used to this kind of measure because when I turn the light on, they turn invisible.

A deet free one with natural ingredients:

UV bug zapper lamp

There are different kinds, I have used the interior one and it worked fine but it is not 100% effective. They attract any flying insect and kill it.

How to avoid mosquito bites naturally

mosquito-repellentYou can use plants and natural repellents against mosquitos to avoid them at home.

If the problem with mosquito is at home you should try any of the following plants that act as a natural insect repellent :

Citronella*, Horsemint, Calendula, Ageratum, catnip.

Transfers from the airport

(After writing about them I will probably get one of those and place it near the window*)

In addition there are certain carnivorous plants that can make us a big favour by eating that and other pesky insects.

*Update: After more than 1 year with Citronella, I can say it doesn’t work, at least in my open terrace.

Other Unconfirmed methods to avoid mosquito bites

Drinking wine before sleeping to avoid mosquito bites, does anyone know if this is true?

Do you have suggestions for preventing mosquito bites? Share them in comments.

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Raúl G.T

Travel blogger, web developer and content editor. Author of many of the travel guides and tips available online about Andalucia, Malaga and Spain.

20 thoughts on “How to avoid mosquito bites in Summer”

  1. Make a deep cross with a thumbnail, right centred on the bite, press down hard, the cross takes a while to dissapear and the skin and area is diluted naturally to get more flow of blood, thst ashes away the bite chemicals quicker. Deep scratching of the bite also does the same, and a good scratch dampens the irritant too, like the cross will. Nature’s own defence.

  2. It has become obvious to me in recent times that
    a mobile phone screen has a strong attraction for mosquitoes in the dark or dusk. For me they land on my glasses and move in for a bite from there, usually the face or the ears. Put replant on if you go surfing at night outside.

    1. Hi Ian, Please tell me more about replant. I asked in the pharmacy about it but they hadn’t heard of it. Thanks!

  3. I live in pizarra Málaga in the campo and I get bitten a lot,( blood type O). I use polar creme for whenever I am bitten,takes the pain and swelling down right away. When I drink red wine they don’t seem to bite me. Hope you find this useful.

    1. Thank you Bevan! I will try next time I take my son to the playground, as there use to be many mosquitoes there in summer. The wine will be for me of course.

  4. I live in Benidorm and swear by Agua de Colonia, Lavender flavour, a 750 ml bottle from Mercadona for 1.25 euros. After a shower I apply lavishly to all body. It works a treat and great value.

  5. I’m taking vitamin B complex and first year I’ve hardly been bitten. I’d I get a bite. I Use the hot spoon method. Boil kettle. Dip a bug metal spoon in boiling water. Keep touching your skin with hot spoon until it’s not to hot on your skin. Press the hot spoon. On the bite. Repeat Twice. This disperses the poison. Stops the itch. Bite disappears. Some come back next day. Repeat. Gone !!!

    1. I use the very hot spoon on the bites. The temporary discomfort as you hold the spoon on the bite is worth it, it nearly always gets rid of the itching. The mosquitoes seem to be out in force again at the end of september. Just electric bat zapped a few of them, they have black and white stripes, checking to see if they are the tiger ones.

    1. Thank you for the tip Tracey! I can confirm than in Indonesia there are many mosquitoes 😀 There I use a typical oil from there to avoid them, and it works.

  6. If I could show you a photo of my arm legs and body I have over 50 bites for some reason they really like me and the only real way I find to get rid of them is put in boiling hot water ( not quite boiling water but under the hot tap and hold it for as long as you can hold your arm under ) I live in Spain and his tiger mosquitoes are ruining me
    I have bug zapper as I have in insect repellent but still nothing

  7. The best way to stop bites itching and swelling is hold a hairdryer on the bite as hot as you can stand and as long as you can (normally about 4 seconds) the itch disappears and if you catch it quickly you won’t even have a mark

      1. I think that would work as I put my hand under the tap of hot water for long as I can until I can’t take the pain no more but believe me it is much better than having the itchy mosquito bite

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