With bug season here sometimes backpacking can turn more into a speed-walk/jog as you try to keep ahead of the cloud of black-flies and mosquitoes. What you need is a good bug spray. I always find the sprays that have deet in them work the best but they are corrosive so you don’t want to get deet on your pack or tent.
I hate wearing bug spray, I don’t like the smell and I always feel sticky when I have it on. I prefer to wear a bug shirt and long pants so the bugs can be all around me but can’t get at me.
I have “The Original Bug Shirt” and find it cool in temperature to wear and very effective against mosquitoes and black-flies. You might think it looks a little ridiculous but it’s a smart thing to wear during bug season and you might start wishing you had one when you’re in the middle of no-where surrounded my swarms of bug.