Apparently fed up with mosquito terrors during hiking trips, Beckman decided to undertake the development of a material that would become a real shield against bloodsuckers.

The approach to the study was pretty simple: one of the scientists placed a cloth sleeve on his hand, then placed his hand in a bowl of mosquitoes, and finally counted the bites. Not the most pleasant procedure, I agree.

Of all the fabrics tested, knitted fabrics consisting of interlocking loops proved to be the most effective. Scientists began testing various weaving options.

The winner of all possible was the “locking” type canvas, consisting of two layers of loops. Also, experts have found that polyester and spandex are better than others at protecting against bites.

Source: Ferra

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