The best way for me to avoid the biting insects is for me to sweat alot and to have my wife near by. The mozzies and tiny bugs prefer biting her to having a go at me.
Some people attract the biting insects.
It makes a great deal of difference what type of soap/deodorant/cologne/shampoo/perfume you use. When I was in the Navy
in Puerto Rico
, the marine
guards at the front gate of the Naval base knew what soaps and colognes attracted mosquitos and which did not. Since they stood duty for eight hours straight, they would be miserable and covered with bites if they used the wrong shampoo or soap. It was more than just a comfort thing. There was dengue fever in the area, and mosquito bites potentially could result in serious illness.
When we sailed up the Red Sea, it was the two females on our boat who eneded up with Dengue fever in Eritrea, and the two guys got nothing. I'm not saying that guys don't get dengue fever, because two males on other boats in our flotilla got dengue. I am saying that my son and I get less mosquito bites and bug bites than my wife.
Even when we camped in the Arabian desert, I never got bug bites, and my wife got them numerous times.