There are plenty of us who probably make the claim, “I love everything about camping!” But is that entirely true? When we make that kind of statement, we’re probably thinking about things like fresh air, hearty meals cooked over a campfire, and sleeping under the stars. The truth is, some elements come along with camping that aren’t all that pleasant. Bugs are at the top of that list. Sure, certain bugs are fun to observe, but when you start talking about ticks and mosquitos, you can’t deny the annoyance-factor, and they can even pose a health threat. Here are a few tips for keeping pesky insects at bay during your next camping trip.
This is the obvious choice, but as with most outdoor products, not all bug sprays are created equal. When it comes to insect repellent, there are two major categories: those that contain DEET and those that don’t. DEET is a highly effective chemical that repels bugs better than just about anything else on this list. The tradeoff is that it doesn’t smell great, and it can leave your skin feeling greasy. However, if you’re going to be camping or hiking in an area that’s thick with ticks and mosquitos, DEET is a must.
On the other hand, if the bugs aren’t too horrible at your location, you can probably get by with a natural spray, which usually contains herbal content like lavender. Skin So Soft from Avon is a top pick in this category. It smells great, and it doesn’t contain DEET.
Bug Repellent Clothing
If the temperatures allow it, simply wearing long pants and a long-sleeve shirt will go a long way in repelling most bugs. However, determined mosquitos can bite through some fabrics. Some outdoor clothing manufacturers are now producing garments that have insect repellent in the fabrics of the clothing. There are also some DIY chemicals on the market so you can treat your own clothing. If you hate the feel and smell of sprays, this is a great route to take.
Citronella Candles And Torches
Citronella oil is a great insect repellent. You can buy candles and oil to put in tiki torches at most big retail stores. Adding a few around your campsite will help keep the bugs at bay.
Fire And Campsite Choice
Finally, here are a few things to consider that won’t cost you a dime. A good, smoky campfire will help repel bugs. Most don’t like smoke, so if you’ve got a good fire going, it’ll keep most of the annoying little creeps away. Also, when selecting your campsite, try to stay away from stagnant water or wet lawns or fields. Keep your campsite clean and tidy, and store your food and trash appropriately to keep bugs at bay.