Overview of Chincoteague Island
Chincoteague Island is known for it’s small beach town vibes, beautiful remote beaches, wild ponies, and campgrounds. It’s the perfect place to get away from everything, and enjoy a relaxing vacation. However there is one major drawback of this paradise – THE MOSQUITOES. Chincoteague Island is home to millions of these blood-sucking creatures, which has the potential to ruin any vacation. Below, is our guide on how to avoid the mosquitoes on Chincoteague.
Where You’ll Find the Mosquitoes
Time of Year: You will likely find mosquitoes on Chincoteague at any point in the year. But they are the worst during the hot humid months when excess rain causes an abundance of standing water.
Time of Day: You are most likely to find Mosquitoes out and about during dawn and dusk. The wind is usually down during these times, which makes it easier for them to fly around.
Location on Chincoteague: Wooded, marshy or low-lying areas are the worst. If you plan on doing some hiking, camping or biking in these areas – come prepared and bring some bug spray.
How To Escape and Avoid Mosquitoes
Location: Go to the beach! There is always a breeze on the beach, which makes it difficult for the mosquitoes to fly around. The moving seawater isn’t their cut of tea either.
Don’t smell your best: Avoid perfumes and lotions with strong smells that may attract mosquitoes.
Cover up: The more skin you have exposed, the more bites you will get. If the weather isn’t too hot, try to wear long sleeve pants and shirts to keep as much skin protected as possible.
Bug Spray: The simple solution. We recommend DEET as being the best solution to combat the bugs! Don’t forget to spray your ankles and behind your knees. These are some of the most common locations for the mosquitoes to bite!
The Best Products to Protect Yourself
Natural and smells great: Cactus Juice. It’s all-natural and it smells fantastic. It’s a blend of cactus extract, emollients and moisturizer. No need to worry about it getting on your clothes or into the reach of a child.
For the most effective solution: Repel 40-Percent DEET. This stuff works GREAT. However, its smells horrible, has tons of chemicals, etc. BUT, it works. Note: Make sure you wash your hands well after applying DEET. I always bring a bottle when I travel, and I think the pros outweigh the cons of getting tons of bites.
The Town Of Chincoteague’s Tactics
The Chincoteague Mosquito Control does their best to keep the mosquito population reasonable without harming the ecosystem. This includes primarily managing and reducing swampy, standing water areas. Secondly, creating habitats that attract mosquito predators such as Purple Martins and bats. And lastly, chemical control with insecticides that are EPA approved.