I just got back from a week in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan with my folks where the mosquitoes were the worst we'd ever seen. We followed some simple guidelines so we could still enjoy some gorgeous hikes in the Trap Hills and the Sylvania Wilderness (stay tuned for more trip reports...).
Here is what worked:
-Covering up with long pants and long-sleeved shirts. Headnets or bug shirts were essential for keeping the bugs from flying into eyes, nose, and ears. Tucking long pants into socks or wearing gaiters also provided protection against ticks.
|Mosquitoes can't bite through these long pants.|
|My parents spraying on the DEET.|
-Escaping to a sunny, rocky overlook. For some reason, there were fewer bugs out there than in the forest.
|At this overlook in the Trap Hills, there were so few skeeters that I could zip open my bug shirt.|
-Relaxing and living with them. Eventually, the constant buzzing doesn't get on your nerves so much and you give up trying to fight them. Change your mindset and accept that getting a few bites is a small price to pay for being able to enjoy some time outdoors.