When to reach for mosquito repellent in the UK

We’ve all been there...the sunshine appears and we want to spend as much time outdoors as we can. Whether it's BBQs in the garden, evening walks or playing with the children in the park, when the UK starts to warm up, we all want to enjoy it... Unfortunately, so do the mosquitoes.

Although mosquitoes in the UK do not transmit diseases, if you’ve ever experienced a mosquito bite, you’ll know how irritating they can be.

Image by Thingummy via Flickr Creative Commons.

Image by Thingummy via Flickr Creative Commons.

Believe it or not, you ought to have a mosquito repellent handy for at least 6 months of the year in the UK.

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But do you only need to reach for the mosquito repellent in the summer months? If you’re outdoors between April and October in the UK, it’s a good idea to use a mosquito repellent to avoid irritating mosquito bites.

Is there a mozzie month when a mosquito repellent is a must have?

Mosquitoes thrive in damp, warm conditions. With the UK’s climate this can mean mosquitoes can be prevalent from as early as April or May! Typical weather conditions in April and May, including warmer temperatures and increased rainfall, means it’s always a wise move to use an effective mosquito repellent during these months. Increased rainfall also increases areas of standing water, another big attraction for these pesky creatures. With that in mind it’s worth taking extra care to protect against mosquito bites when you’re near standing water such as pools, ponds, lakes and reservoirs.

As the temperature creeps higher, mosquitoes also start to breed. The UK climate can be a temperamental thing, varying from season-to-season and year-to-year. That means mosquitoes can be prevalent from April right through to October and beyond, so do make sure you have a mosquito repellent handy for at least 6 months of the year.

Mosquito prones times of the day

Mosquitoes tend to be more active around dawn and dusk, however this can vary between species. A mosquito’s internal body clock actually kicks in at these times telling them it's feeding time. At these times of the day, the atmosphere and wind speeds are calmer and temperatures are lower. All in all this provides ideal conditions for mosquitoes, encouraging them to head out to find something… or someone to bite and feed on! If you will be spending time outdoors during prime biting times in the early morning and from early evening then be sure to use mosquito repellent.

UK mosquito hot spots where mosquito repellent is recommended

In the UK, mosquitoes exist all over the country. While in rural areas, you will find more species of mosquitoes, urban areas are seeing increasing numbers of mosquitoes too. Mosquito prevalence is really down to the natural surroundings where you live. Mosquitoes like warm, damp, grassy spots to hide in. Finding standing water to lay their eggs in also a big win for them. The wiley mosquito may even find its way into clothing dried on the washing line and make its way into your home that way. So no matter where you are in the UK a mosquito repellent is a handy addition to your stash of lotions and potions from April to October.  

Top 5 tips for mosquito repellent use in the UK

Mosquitoes can be very irritating and annoying, especially if you get bitten. It’s always a good idea to plan ahead and use a mosquito repellent particularly if you are prone to being bitten. Use a mosquito repellent when:

  1. The temperatures start to rise from about April through to October - especially when the weather is changing quickly from dry to wet and then from wet to dry, causing warm and damp conditions
  2. Outdoors in the early morning for example when walking the dog, on that morning jog or working outside
  3. Outdoors in the early evening and onwards into the night for example when having a BBQ or relaxing in the garden
  4. Near wooded areas especially when near damp grassy spots and standing water
  5. In urban areas as well as the countryside - urban areas have mosquitoes too!

You can avoid being bitten by making sure you cover up with cool, comfortable clothing whilst using a mosquito repellent on any exposed skin. Make sure to apply an even thin layer of mosquito repellent and reapply if you’re perspiring, jumping in and out of a pool or using water pistols! You can buy your mosquito repellent here.