Two socks a day keep mosquitoes at bay

Published: 06th July 2009

Two socks a day keep mosquitoes at bay
Tucking your trousers into your socks may not be the height of summer fashion, but it will keep biting insects at bay, one medical expert suggested.

Chief medical officer Dr Joann Schaefer warned against the dangers of ticks, mosquitoes and other critters with a taste for human blood.

As well as wearing insect repellent, she told the Press Association that people should wear solid shoes and socks, long trousers and long-sleeved shirts.

Tucking trousers into socks will prevent creatures getting to your ankles and is a particularly good idea at dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most prominent, she added.

Socks can also prevent winter-related mishaps, with scientists at the University of Otago in New Zealand last week suggesting they be worn over shoes to give extra grip on ice and snow.

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