Before you go anywhere, cover yourself in insect repellent!!
Even if you're just going shopping, the buggers are everywhere! They get you at home, in the office, when you're in giro in town, and especially at night! They get you through your jeans too, they're very crafty!! I've got a plug-in at home that works a treat (ok, I may not have noticed a couple of times that it had ran out...) and some Autan spray, which most of the time works great; but it seems that I need to be a little bit more liberal with it when I go down the park to sunbathe!!