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How to keep bugs away while camping — A bug free space

It’s time to get ready for the adventures of the great outdoors. But wait what’s that noise I hear?(buuuuuzzzzz) That’s the Mosquito Crossingsound of bugs flying around biting you and driving you crazy! Most bugs like to mind their own business, but you have the ones that don’t mind their own business like, mosquitoes and ticks. The blood sucks as I like to call them. These bugs can potentially be harmful cause they could spread diseases. These bugs can down right be a nuisance and can ruin a camping trip. Today I will be talking about how to keep bugs away while camping.

There are a few things that you want to keep in mind when going camping, bugs are attracted to smelly things like scented lotions and food. Try to stay away from any hygiene products that have a perfume/scented smell, this will help keep the bugs away. Also, be sure to keep your campsite or area clean especially the kitchen area; wipe down the campground table upon arrival and after each meal, wash your dishes immediately after cooking, and store trash and food appropriately.

Keep in mind that bugs also love damp or wet areas. If you can at all possible, avoid camping near wet grassy lawns, meadow areas, or stagnant water. But if all else fails and the bugs are still biting, there are a number of products that help keep the bugs away. Note: these products all emit a scent and/or smoke and should only be used outdoors.
I have compiled a list of products that will help keep the bugs away while camping:

Insect Repellent ClothingInsect Repellent Clothing Insect Repellent Clothing

You could wear any lightweight long sleeve or pants. But sometimes the bugs can bite right through the clothing. Also, if it’s to hot you probably don’t want to be wearing clothing like that. There are a few companies that make clothing made with the repellent right in the fabric.







Deet Products

Deet Products

Sometimes the bugs can be so bad that you will want to use a spray or cream that contains DEET. It is the most common ingredient in insect repellents and the most effective. Usually, the higher percentage of DEET in your repellent, the more effective the product will be. These types of sprays and creams tend to be greasy and have an awful smell. But if you wear a DEET spray, the mosquitoes will leave you alone. Avoid putting these products directly on your skin if at all possible. A lightweight shirt, hat, and pants sprayed with a deet product usually Works just fine. Make sure you don’t breathe the spray.


Citronella Candles

Citronella Candles

Citronella is an oil that is considered a natural insect repellent. Many companies make candles infused with citronella oil and a few lit candles can be effective around camp. They aren’t usually strong enough to ward away the masses, citronella candles do minimize the bugs. Also, if it’s to windy they will be useless cause they will keep blowing out.




Natural Bug Spray

Natural Bug Spray

If the bugs aren’t too bad a natural or herbal product is usually works just fine. Lavender is considered a natural insect repellent and there are several sunscreens that have lavender oils for a little-added bug protection. Mint, lemon balm and sage are also natural repellents. Avon’s Skin So Soft products are considered by many people to be the most effective insect repellent that does not contain DEET. Natural Bug Spray




Mosquito CoilMosquito Coil

Mosquito coils will also work around the campsite. The pyrethrum-infused coils emit a repelling scent and smoke. A few coils placed around the campsite can help decrease the mosquitoes.




Mosquito Head NetMosquito Head NetMosquito Head Net

The trusty head neat is efficient for intense bug storms and work nice for hiking and fishing.




Mosquito Repellent LanternMosquito Repellent Lantern

There are lanterns that are made for insect repelling. A removable cartridge on these lanterns releases a scent that fights the bugs and keeps them away from the lantern’s vicinity. These insect repelling lanterns have removable cartridges that can be replaced.

Mosquito Repellent Lantern



Screen RoomScreen Room

When everything’s not working, the clothing, the repellent, candles, coils and lanterns just won’t keep the bugs away, consider a screen room. These tents are designed to protect you from the bugs, while still allowing you to enjoy the outdoors. They also allow you to still feel the fresh so you don’t have to feel cooped up in a tent. A screen room is a tent with screen walls. The bugs stay away and you can hang out outside.

Insect FoggerInsect Fogger

If you prefer to treat the surrounding area instead of your body and clothing, foggers, Insect Foggerlike the Burgess Propane Insect Fogger, are the way to go.



So, next time you are planning your next camping trip make sure you plan for those pesky disease carrying bugs. Remember if you forgot how to keep the bugs away while camping come back here for all the tricks to having a bug free space. If you have any questions or comments just leave them in the comments section below and I will get back to you as soon as possible.








  1. Kerry

    Insect repellant clothing, no way, well who knew, definately cannot find them here in Zimbabwe. Lovely site, pleasing to the eye, simple and a great way of selling your products and earning money with not too much effort needed! Not much to actually pull you down on. Well done on the site.

    • admin

      Thanks for your comment. The insect repellent clothing is pretty nice, especially if you don’t like to spray all the different bug sprays on your skin. You couldn’t definitely order it from my site if you ever wanted any for yourself. If you ever have any questions or comments just let me know and I will get back to you as soon as possible. Thanks again! 

  2. Eric Liboiron

    Just in time for the summer. I live in northern Canada so I can assure you this is a VERY relevant article.
    I need to get my hands on a fogger!

    • Fred Prasun

      Thanks for your comment! Northern Canada huh! I bet it’s beautiful up there. Your right it’s almost camping season! We are actually going on our first trip this weekend with our new camper! Yes I am definitely going to try out the fogger this year. If you ever have any questions just let me know and I will answer them as soon as I can. Thanks again!

  3. Amanda Halbauer

    Huge fan of bug repellent here in the great outdoors in Canada. I always heard that mosquitoes avoid people with light colored clothing on. I am not sure now true that is so I always make sur we have a god deet bug repellent handy. Thanks for sharing a healthier more natural product! Great information!

    • Fred Prasun

      I appreciate your comment. Yes it is always good to have several options when it comes to bug repellent. You are so welcome. This is why I do this, so I can help people like yourself know about all the different options that are available out there today. If you ever have any questions don’t hesitate to ask and I will get back to you as soon as possible. Thanks again!

  4. Mc.Rhule

    Excellent tips! I have a passion for fishing and bugs are the most known to ruin your trip, not to mention rain.
    Thanks for summarising all option under one click, much appreciated.

    • Fred Prasun

      Thanks for taking the time to comment on my article! Yes, bugs can totally ruin a trip. Oh yeah and rain too! You are so welcome for the information. If you ever have any questions feel free to let me know and I will answer them the best I can. Thanks again!

  5. A.Bester

    Awesome article. I love citronella products, they do work. But the smell is not for everyone.

    Keep up the great work

    • Fred Prasun

      Thanks for your comment! That is awesome that you love citronella products, and yes they do work. The only time they don’t work is when it is to windy, so it’s good to have a backup. That’s why I love doing what I do, so I can help people know about the different options. If you have any questions or comments feel free to let me know and I will get back to you. Thanks again!

  6. Curtis Henderson

    I knew about some of these since we go to Montana just about every year. Repellent clothing is interesting. Does it smell like bug spray? I also like the Repellent Lantern idea. The fogger seems like something I wouldn’t want to use in a crowded campsite. I am sure someone would complain.
    Everything on this post are great ideas.
    Great job!
    Thanks for the very useful information.

    • Fred Prasun

      Thanks for commenting! Wow, I would love to go to Montana sometime. I also think that the bug repellent clothing is interesting, the clothing is suppose to be odorless. The lantern is good for the simple fact that it serves as a light as well. I totally agree with you about people complaining about the fogger. It would be good to use if you do get to the campsite before a lot of other people get there. If you ever have any other questions or comments feel free to let me know and I will get back to you as soon as possible. Thanks again!

  7. John Hunt

    I have used many of these products when camping. I like the candles and deet the best as they do not hinder what we are doing and are set it and forget it most of the time. Have you seen the new solar powered bug zappers. I seen one in an ad and did not know how well they worked.

    • Fred Prasun

      Thank you for your comment. You are right about the candles being leave it and a forget it type option. I think the digger would be the same. No, I haven’t heard of the solar powered bug zapper. I wonder if it works good or not. I will have to look into them for myself. Thanks for that idea. If you ever have any questions or comments just let me know and I will get back to you as soon as possible. Thanks again!

  8. Jackie

    I’m very new to camping and am still learning.
    I’m in the UK so although we don’t get some of the more nasty bugs we are still tormented by the little rascals.
    I’m someone who seems to have blood they like and they attack at any time and in droves.
    I’ve heard of citronella products and shall try some out this year.
    Last year we burnt coffee grounds in a tin foil container which seemed to work for a while. Have you heard of this method?
    Thanks for the information

    • admin

      Thanks for your comment. How do you like camping? My daughter is the same way, the bugs eat her up. The citronella products work pretty good. I have never heard of burning coffee grounds before, I will have to try that method sometime. If you ever have any questions or comments in the future don’t hesitate to ask and I will get back to you as soon as possible. Thanks again!

  9. John Fagalde ツ

    Just came across your excellent website Fred, and I was particularly interested in this page showing the different ways that we can protect ourselves from bugs and mosquitoes when camping. I wanted to ask you if there was a product that would be suitable to use around a swimming pool, not particularly for mosquitoes but rather against bees and hornets. In my part of the world, when it is very hot these insects come to drink in the swimming pool. They can be quite a few and if you are not careful, you could be stung.

    I hope that you will have something to recommend that repels them.

    Best wishes,

    John ツ

    • Fred Prasun

      Thanks for checking out my website John! I do have a couple things you could try to help keep the bees and hornets away from your pool. First, Try setting up an alternative water source. When creating a water source for them, make sure you keep it going all summer and put something that they can climb onto in the pond/water in case they fall in. A piece of cedar wood or small stones will work.
      The important thing is to set it up before you open your pool for the season. That way they already have an established water source and are less likely to bug the pool.
      Second, dryer sheets. Who knew dryer sheets would have so many uses? While they smell great to us and help freshen up our clothing, bees hate them.
      Arrange them around your pool in decorative baskets or even use them as doilies underneath other objects. Bees won’t get too close if you have these out. Just make sure you change them periodically as over time they will lose their effectiveness.
      If these solutions don’t work, try calling a local beekeeper to come remove the nest. You may be able to call an exterminator and have them move—not kill—the nest as well. I hope one of these options work for you. If you ever have any questions or comments please let me know and I will get back to you as soon as possible. Thanks again!

  10. Viviana Muñoz

    Hi Fred thank you for that information I think that is very important that people are knowledgeable about mosquito bites or insect bites in general. I like your concept on educating consumers of the various ways that they can take care of these pests.. I am constantly getting bitten all the time especially that I live down here in Florida…. Thank you again for sharing !

    • Fred Prasun

      Thanks for taking the time to read my article. I am happy that you see my content being educational. That I the whole reason why I love doing what I do. If you ever have any questions just let me know and I will get back to you as soon as possible. Thanks again for reading!

  11. alexjysmith

    Man this is great. I hate bugs when camping, and usually were a face thing to keep them away from me. These options are phenomenal, and I will be figuring out which one SMELLS the best. I can’t stand the smell of specific ones, but than again, I guess its better than getting eaten alive lol. Thanks for the post.

    • Fred Prasun

      Thanks for reading! I totally hear you about the stinking bugs. Some of the bug sprays do have a bad smell but it seems that those are the ones that work the best. If you have any questions or comment just let me know. Thanks again!

  12. Thanks for these helpful tips to keep mosquitoes away. I’ve been through army’s outfield training and I can totally understand how annoying bugs and mosquitoes really are.

    I find the insect repellent clothing interesting. I didn’t know there’s such product in the market. But how effective is it? Among all the tips, which ones are your favorite?

    • Fred Prasun

      Thanks for reading. Yeah the insect repellent clothing is interesting, it works pretty well, but the clothing can get a bit pricey. I like all the products I listed, but if I had to pick my favorite it would have to the fogger. If you have any other questions just let me know. Thanks again!


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