HOW TO DEAL
Insect Spray is Only Part of the Equation.
When you live and work along the coastal zone of South Carolina, mosquitoes, biting flies and gnats are going to a part of the conversation at certain times of year. And if you are regularly camping, hiking, kayaking and exploring in the wild areas that surround the area, you know that the density of biting insects can have a marked impact on your comfort.
We asked a few our our guides how they deal with biting insects, specifically mosquitoes. It's been a frequent topic since Hurricane Matthew; In some areas, we have seen a mosquito bloom in the weeks that followed the storm that we haven't experienced in our 24 years in operation. (Thank goodness for the colder weather!)
So how do you enjoy the outdoors when the mosquitoes are biting? Spoiler alert: Not one guide mentioned insect spray.
A physical barrier is the way. You've got to ditch the tank tops and shorts- even in hot weather- and get yourself covered with synthetic textiles. Dress like your stereotypical image of a park ranger or hiker. Boots, long-sleeved shirt, long pants, hat. This will not only keep you from get eaten alive, it will prevent sunburn, too.