noun_68993_ccInsect 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.



Capt. William Christenson
"Textiles have always been the best insect repellent. I recommend long sleeves long pants a hat and a buff that can be pulled up around your neck and chin."


Wick Bouton, Kayak Guide
"Be a coffee drinker.  They never bother me, but they get to people that don't drink coffee."


Geoff Caruso, Lead Expedition Guide
"A base layer with a shell over the top that puts some space between your layers.  If you just have on a  tight-fitting base layer, they will bite you through the fabric.  If I layer, it's really not a problem."

Chris CVB

Chris Crolley, Coastal Expeditions CEO
"Long sleeves, long pants, hat and bandana are a must.  And get to where there is a breeze, like the beach, or make your own by walking briskly.  Mosquitoes are always going to be worse when you are standing still.  And if all else fails, get on a boat."



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