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Have you ever wondered “Can mosquitoes bite through clothes?” The answer to the question is yes, mosquitoes do bite through clothes.

Do not get  surprised if you wake up with red patches overnight due to the mosquito bites despite you wearing the clothes. We all know how annoying these little creatures would be. They could in fact crawl through your clothes and suck your blood. However, not all cloth types are accessible for them.  Of course, the mosquitoes are fond of attacking you when you are bare skin. If you are wearing a thin shirt or a flimsy pair of leggings, they can easily attack you.

Can Mosquitoes Bite Through Clothes

How can they bite through cloth? 

Mosquitoes can bite through many of the cloth types we are wearing. The reason for that is because the mosquitoes consist of a needle like proboscis.  It is in fact a system of long pointed shaped tubes which arise from its face around their mouth. They use this segment to attack our skin and suck blood and simultaneously exchange saliva and chemicals. This tube system is slender which consequently helps them to pierce our skin despite the clothes we are wearing.

For example, if we are wearing clothes made of cotton, linen, spandex, silk rayon , they could attack us. 

They could also bite us through thicker materials such as denim. However, they would rather go in search of more accessible and easy places to draw blood.

In which type of cloth mosquito bite through


Jeans are lighter and mosquitoes will find it easy to bite through these materials. As such, best is to avoid wearing these cloth types if you come across mosquito attacks.  However, despite the fact that mosquitoes could bite you through these materials , chances are that they might not try to attack them. Instead, they will go for easier targets.


If you are wearing leggings, mosquitoes could come and attack you. In fact, they could reach you through tight fitting clothes such as leggings, yoga pants etc. As such ensure that the garments you are wearing fit loosely if you want to avoid mosquito biting. That will make it harder for the mosquitoes to reach you through them 

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If you end up getting mosquito bites when you get up in the morning, even if you have covered yourself from blankets, do not get  surprised as mosquitoes could bite you through blankets as well. With that being said, if you use thick blankets, you could defend yourself from these notorious mosquito attacks. If the blankets are made of tightly woven fabrics, it will be difficult for the mosquitoes to reach through them to attack you. They would instead go look for other alternate ways to get under your blanket.

Bed sheet

Bed sheets made out of certain materials are accessible for the mosquitoes. In fact, they would attack you if you have covered you with lightweight fabric bed sheets. They would find it very easy to attack just as they do when you are bare skin. The proboscis would be useful here.


If you have sweatpants fitting tightly, they will not be sufficient to protect yourself from mosquitoes.

Can Mosquitoes Bite Through Clothes

In which type of cloth mosquito can not bite through

You need to go ahead with materials such as nylon, corduroy, or polyester as they are tightly woven fabrics. Having said that one might not agree with me since these are not the best materials to wear for warmer temperatures. If your garments have close weaves, they could resist mosquito attacks. If mosquitoes come across such materials, they would not bother biting them and instead they would go look in for other spots and for a different host.

Apart from that I recommend wearing loose fitting clothing too. You may wear long sleeve shirts or jeans which could give a baggy look to overcome this problem. That will keep the cloth materials far in distance with our skin and it will make it harder for the mosquitoes to find their attacking spot.

Moreover, you may use insect repellents for your clothes. I recommend applying DEET right into the fabrics so that your clothes would be repellent towards the mosquitoes. However, when you do this, make sure that you go ahead with the recommended products only, unless you will end up in greater troubles. Some such mosquito repellent materials are;

Latex gloves

Mosquitoes cannot reach your hand if you are wearing a pair of latex gloves. 

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Mosquitoes cannot access through garments made from cotton and bite you. In fact you will wear cotton garments during summer for cooling purposes and it will be harder for the mosquitoes to cut them and draw blood from you.


Mosquitoes cannot bite through plastic as it is not possible for their proboscis to pierce the plastic.


Silk is one material which the mosquitoes cannot access and draw blood from you. Silk is a thick material. Thus, mosquitoes cannot bite you through if you are clad in silk garments.

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How long does it take for a mosquito bite to itch?

You would start to itch the mosquito bites minutes after they bite you. In addition to itching there would be other symptoms such as soft bumps which you could spot in pink, red as well. 

You could spot redness and puffiness also on the attached spot. Further chances are that there would be dark red bumps appearing on the following day too. You could spot these symptoms prevailing for a couple of days.

Do Bounce dryer sheets repel mosquitoes?

Using dryer sheets is a famous home product that many people tend to use to repel mosquitoes. Although mosquito repellent ability of the dryer sheet has not proven yet (scientifically), it hasn’t disproved yet. 

You could tuck dryer sheets into your pockets or place them where you suspect the mosquitoes are hanging around in clusters as that will help them to keep flying around. This was an initiation from a master gardener and by trade magazines.  

There are certain studies which have been conducted and discovered that dryer sheets have certain features which could defend the mosquito and insects’ attacks. 

For example insects such as mites, beetles’ weevils and German cockroaches could be repelled from using dryer sheets.  If we take bounce dryer sheets into consideration, they could even repel fungus gnats as well. However, I recommend going ahead with well-known methods if you wish to repel the mosquitoes.

You could consider applying repellents such as deet as it would help to repel mosquitoes successfully. This is something which has been used for so many years 

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In addition to that you could go ahead and contact a pest control unit also to assist with this.

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What color clothes attract mosquitoes?

Studies prove dark colored clothes and bold colors such as red, brown, black, navy blue and floral are quite attractive towards the mosquitoes. 

Literally when you wear those colors, they will make shadows. Hence you need to avoid cladding in them when the mosquitoes are hanging around in clusters. Instead of wearing these you need to dress up in light colors.

What colors do mosquitoes hate?

Some colors such as white, blue, yellow, khaki olive beige are not in preference of the mosquitoes. So, if you do not let them draw your blood, why not avoid them by wearing these light colors. Mosquitoes hate these colors, and they would not even try to reach you.

What smells do mosquitoes hate?

As insects they have a keen sense toward colors and smell. Therefore they hate some smells. There are some natural smells which are repellent for mosquitoes. 

  • Citronella.
  • Clove.
  • Cedarwood.
  • Lavender.
  • Eucalyptus.
  • Peppermint.
  • Rosemary.
  • Lemongrass.

How many times can one mosquito bite you?

We cannot give an exact figure to depict on the number of times that one mosquito can bite you. If we consider a female mosquito, it will keep attacking you until she finds herself full of blood. Once they are full, they will need a couple of days to relax.

Further as per the studies conducted, they have discovered that mosquitoes such as malaria parasites which are disease transmitting mosquitoes tend to attack you more than once. You could commonly spot this among the disease transmitting mosquitoes. A chemical feedback system has caused this.


In this article I tried to explain the problem “Can Mosquitoes Bite Through Clothes?”. I hope you found your answer here. I have covered what colors you need to wear to distract them and the clothes you need to skip wearing too. Furthermore, I have covered the smells that mosquitoes hate .


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  • Potter, C.J., 2014. Stop the biting: targeting a mosquito’s sense of smell. Cell, 156(5), pp.878-881.
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