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Summer without bites: This is how you effectively protect yourself from mosquitoes and flies

Jun 04, 2024Claudia Eckert

Summer is approaching and with it the perfect time for barbecue parties, camping trips and relaxing evenings outdoors. But these idyllic moments are often disturbed by uninvited guests: mosquitoes and gnats. Especially if you like being outside or are sensitive to insect bites, you know the problem all too well.

Drastic increase in mosquitoes on the Rhine: A summer of mosquito plagues

In addition, we are experiencing an unprecedented increase in mosquitoes on the Rhine this year. The exceptionally rainy and wet weather in May and numerous floods have significantly improved the conditions for mosquito larvae. It is reported that there can be up to 1,000 larvae in one litre of water - an alarming number that illustrates the scale of the problem. (Source )

In addition to the native mosquito population, the arrival of invasive mosquito species such as the tiger mosquito and the yellow fever mosquito makes the situation even more worrying. These species are known to transmit tropical diseases such as malaria and dengue. Thanks to returning migratory birds that were infected with viruses in Africa, for example, these diseases can now also gain a foothold in Germany. An infected mosquito that bites such a bird can pick up the virus and transmit it to humans the next time it bites.

But don't worry, we've got you covered! In this article we take a closer look at mosquitoes and gnats. We explain to you what makes these little beasts so annoying and how you can effectively protect yourself from them.

Mosquitoes and gnats - what's the difference?

In Germany we often come across mosquitoes and gnats, which may be similar but have significantly different lifestyles and characteristics. A better understanding of these differences will help us take appropriate protective measures.

Mosquitoes are small, often dark-colored flies that are particularly active on warm summer evenings. Only female mosquitoes bite because they need blood to develop their eggs. Even though diseases transmitted through mosquito bites in Germany are less dangerous than in tropical areas, they can still cause annoying bites and allergic reactions.

Flying flies, on the other hand, are large, lanky insects with noticeably long legs. They do not sting and are rather harmless, even if their size can sometimes be intimidating. Nevertheless, the constant buzzing around us can ruin some outdoor activities, especially because crane flies are active during the day.

Behavior of insects

The activity times of mosquitoes and gnats are also different. While mosquitoes are looking for a blood meal especially in the evening and at night, crane flies are mainly out and about during the day. This will help you choose the right times for outdoor activities and protect yourself accordingly.

Natural and chemical defense methods against flies and mosquitoes

When dealing with mosquitoes and gnats, we have various defense methods at our disposal, from natural to chemical solutions.

However, more and more people are choosing natural repellents because they offer a wide range of benefits. VapoWesp has also been committed to natural methods for years and was rewarded with the Green Innovator Award in 2023. But why exactly should you choose natural repellents?

Advantages of natural repellents

  • Naturalness and Tolerability: Natural repellents are often gentler on the skin and safe for use around children and pets. They are free of the harsh chemicals found in many traditional insect repellents.
  • Environmental friendliness: Unlike chemical repellents, which can have harmful effects on water sources and non-target animals, natural solutions are more environmentally sustainable and less impactful on the ecosystem.
  • Effectiveness: Smoldering coffee powder as a natural repellent
    Burning coffee powder is a simple but effective way to get rid of mosquitoes and gnats. The resulting smoke signals “danger” to the insects, causing them to stay away from the source. By the way: All insects escape smoke! However, the smell of the smoldering coffee powder can be unpleasant for some people. This is where VapoWesp's innovative solution comes into play.

    The VapoWasp Smoke Box

    In order to make the smell of the burning coffee powder more pleasant and to regulate it, VapoWesp has developed a special smoking box . This box allows you to add VapoPowder to the coffee powder, which gives the smoke a light, natural fragrance and thus ensures a more pleasant scent. In addition, the VapoWesp smoking box offers the possibility of controlling the smoke development.

    Tips for environment design: Keep mosquitoes and gnats away

    In addition to choosing the appropriate defense methods, the design of the environment is also helpful in effectively keeping mosquitoes and flies away from your living area. Here are our tips:

    Avoidance of stagnant water bodies

    Mosquitoes breed in standing water, so it is important to eliminate or control any water buildup in your yard. The following measures can help:

    • Regular emptying and cleaning of garden containers, bird baths and rain barrels.
    • Covering water containers to prevent mosquitoes from laying their eggs there.
    • Make sure your garden has good drainage to avoid puddles.


    A well-maintained environment offers fewer hiding places and breeding grounds for gnats and mosquitoes. Effective garden care includes:

    • Mowing the lawn regularly and cutting back overhangs.
    • Removing leaves and other organic debris that may provide wet pockets.
    • Plants of certain species that act as natural repellents, such as lavender, citronella and eucalyptus.

    Use of light sources

    Mosquitoes are attracted to traditional light, so choosing the right lighting can help keep them away.

    • Use yellow LED lights or special insect repellent light bulbs for outdoor lighting.
    • Strategically position light sources to attract insects away from seating areas.
    By taking these measures, you can not only keep mosquitoes and gnats away, but also ensure that your outdoor space remains an inviting place.

    Individual strategies for natural insect protection

    To protect yourself effectively and naturally from mosquitoes and gnats, there are a number of personal measures you can take. These tips will help you avoid insect bites without having to resort to chemical repellents .

    Protective clothing against mosquitoes and gnats

    Wearing protective clothing is one of the easiest and most effective ways to protect yourself from mosquito bites:

    • Long sleeves and pants: Cover as much skin as possible, especially in the early morning and late evening hours when mosquitoes are most active.
    • Light colors: Mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors, so it is advisable to wear light and airy clothing to be less attractive to these insects.

    Use fragrance-free products

    Avoiding strongly scented personal care products can also help reduce the risk of mosquito bites:

    • Avoid scented lotions and perfumes: Since mosquitoes can be attracted to strong smells, it makes sense to use fragrance-free or subtly scented personal care products.

    Use of barriers

    • Physical barriers are another natural approach to avoid insect bites:
    • Mosquito Nets: Install mosquito nets on windows, doors and over beds to create a physical barrier that keeps mosquitoes and gnats away.
    • Mesh Tents: For outdoor activities such as dining al fresco or relaxing in the garden, mesh tents can provide a safe and insect-free zone.

    Wind as a natural mosquito repellent

    Using wind is a creative way to repel mosquitoes:

    • Fans: Mosquitoes are weak fliers. By using fans in your outdoor areas, you can create airflow that makes it difficult for mosquitoes to approach your area.

    These individual protective measures offer you the opportunity to protect yourself from mosquitoes and gnats in a natural way while avoiding the use of chemical repellents.

    Frequently asked questions about natural protection against mosquitoes and flies

    Here we answer some of the most frequently asked questions about natural protection against mosquitoes and flies. These tips will help you effectively prevent and ensure that your summer activities remain undisturbed by annoying insects.

    • Are natural repellents really effective against mosquitoes?
      Natural repellents, such as smoldering coffee powder flavored with our “VapoPowder”, offer effective protection against mosquitoes. These natural options can be a good alternative to chemical repellents because they contain less harsh substances.
    • Can I use natural repellents around children and pets?
      Natural repellents are generally safe for children and pets when used correctly. However, it is advisable to be careful when using it on very young children or animals and to avoid products that may be too strong for their sensitive skin.
      Safety for people and animals is also guaranteed with our VapoWesp products.
    • Are there any tips for minimizing the attraction of mosquitoes in your own garden?
      To minimize the attraction of mosquitoes, it is advisable to regularly keep things tidy and remove leaves and other debris that could serve as hiding places. Additionally, using plants that contain natural mosquito repellents, such as lavender and citronella, can be helpful.

    Discover VapoWesp's natural protection solutions

    Finally, we would like to encourage you not only to consider the strategies presented, but also to actively implement them in your everyday life.

    Make sure your summer stays free from mosquitoes and gnats with VapoWesp products. Choose the right one for your outdoor experience from a variety of product sets!

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