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