Thin fabrics that block mosquito bites have been developed by experimenting with patterns made by knitting machines.
John Beckman at Auburn University in Alabama set out to create bite-resistant clothing after clothes he bought for a canoe trip failed to protect him. “I got eaten alive,” he said.
Any clothing thicker than the length of a mosquito’s proboscis will prevent bites, Beckmann says, but such clothing is not suitable for hot climates where mosquitoes usually thrive.
His team started by testing the bite…