Amid these mechanical lives when every second count, it is vital to spend some time with ourselves and nature to recharge ourselves, reconnect with nature, and relax a bit in camping season.
Camping is all about a soothing and relaxing getaway with nature in between our hectic schedules. It is a cost-effective and refreshing retreat with our friends our family where you can enjoy nature, make beautiful memories with friends and family, and most importantly spend some time alone to refresh our mind, body, and soul.
While planning every minute detail of your camping getaway, beware of creepy insects who can spoil your entire camping trip because you are not alone. So, I would suggest you educate yourself beforehand on how to repel mosquitos while camping. But you need not worry.
Although controlling the tiny intruders in a camping trip can be a task, I will share with you some best and guaranteed practices and tips to keep the bugs away from camps to avoid getting bitten. (Thank me later).
Also, you can use these tips and tricks in your daily lives to get rid of bugs and insects. Some of the bugs that you might encounter on a camping trip are flies, bees, mosquitos, spiders, and ants.
Way to Keep Insects and Flies Out of Your Tent
1. Use Mosquito Repellent for Camping
High temperatures and water are the breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Camping sites usually have both water and humidity in abundance so the possibility of tons of mosquitos biting you during the drip cannot be undermined.
To keep the mosquitos away, mosquito repellents are surely the saviors. The use of bug sprays and creams is one of the most common methods to keep insects away. Mosquito repellents can be in the form they can be either in form of sprays, lotions, creams, or coils. First of all, make sure that your insect repellent is waterproof. And spray the repellent on your clothes, shoes, and hats.
Some of the ways to repel mosquitos are either through bug repellents that diffuse a pesticide known as metofluthrin or the use of pyrethrum-infused coil that emits mosquito repellant scent. DEET is also one of the most active ingredients that are used to manufacture mosquito repellent sprays. However, some people are allergic to the use of deet as it caused them allergies and had adverse reactions.
List of Best Best Mosquito Repellents (Recommended)
- Mosquito Guard Incense Cones
- Thermacell Patio Shield Mosquito Repeller
- Repel Insect Repellent Citronella Candle
- TEMPOL Mosquito Repellent Incense Sticks
- Murphy’s Naturals Mosquito Repellent Candle
- Repel Plant-Based Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent
- Bug Soother Spray (2, 8 oz) – Natural Insect Gnat
Also, use effective mosquito repellent sprays and make sure that they contain N-Diethyl-m-toluamide. And do not forget to follow the instructions of application and ingredients and consult your doctor before using any repellent available in the market just in case you have any allergies or appropriate for the use of kids.
2. Use a Bug-Proof Tent
Insects buzzing and crawling in your campsite can surely spoil the whole camping trip, but tents can be your refuge, always. However, bugs don’t even spare us in our tents. Usually, the brand-new tents are bug-proof.
So, I would suggest you take a brand-new tent for your camping trip to avoid the biting and buzzing of bugs. However, over time wear and tear occur in tents and usually, the mesh material on the top of the tent is most prone to getting torn. And these tears can be a perfect place for bugs to enter your tent.
Other than the mesh parts, these are the stitched joints to make tents waterproof that come apart over time and become a path for bugs to enter the tent. Also, make sure the zips of your tent are properly working and are closed. The buzzing of bees and mosquitos in your ears can be frustrating and especially at night when you don’t have adequate light to get rid of them.
So, make sure to zip the doors of your tent. And make sure to close the tent flap or the tent door every time you enter or leave the tent.
3. Keep your Campsite Clean
A clean campsite can avoid the maximum damage that these tiny intruders can inflict on your peaceful camping trip. A clean campsite is surely the safest campsite. The campsite should be always clean and make sure to discard the garbage and leftover food timely instead of keeping it in the camping site for a prolonged period.
Furthermore, keep your dishes clean. Bugs are most likely to come from unwashed dishes as bugs love left-over food and are greatly attracted to the aroma of food. Finally, never leave the leftover food open. Open containers can also invite tons of insects to your campsite. Keep it covered if you want to save the food to eat it after some time.
Finally, before heaving the camp or before going to sleep make sure to remove all traces of food and clean your campsite after every meal.
4. Stay Away a bit from Light and Avoid using Scented products
Firstly, Bugs might enter your tent or campsite when they get attracted by the lights there. I am sure every one of you would have faced this issue of many gets getting attracted by a lantern or even a dimmer light.
A cute lantern on the table or massive lighting between the campsite might make your campsite cozy and bright but do not forget that it will attract tiny intruders too that might disturb your calm and coziness.
So, keep a light bit further from your main campsite and keep a bright light a bit far away from you so that bugs will not locate you. Keep the light to the distance from where you can get enough light.
On the other hand, avoid perfumed products during the camping trip to keep insects away from you. The toiletries and other hygiene products that are essential for camping should not be perfumed because insects love perfumes more than humans.
Using odor-free soap, shampoo, or a body wash can be very beneficial to keep tiny intruders at a distance. But that does not mean that you have to go natural the whole time. Perfumes and deodorants with light fragrances can be a rescue.
5. Start a Campfire and use Mosquito coils and Lanterns:
Many people don’t give importance to the fact that one of the best ways to keep insects away during camping is the campfire. The smoke and heat produced by the campfires can repel mosquitos and bugs. And if you want to make your campsite more smokey throw some damp or green branches of trees into the fire.
Together with the campfires, scented candles and mosquito-repelling lanterns can also repel the insects and can be the best camping insect repellent. Mosquito lanterns act like removable cartridges that have this smell that insects hate.
But make sure to remove these cartridges every other day. Mosquito coils can also be very beneficial in repelling the mosquitos at the campsite as they have a pungent odor that is best to repel the insects.
I recommend placing a couple of mosquito coils at different parts of the campsite. These coils contain pyrethrum, so they repel when they are burned. Also, smoke is the natural repellent for mosquitos and can prove to be one of the best mosquito repellents.
Staying close to the campfire can also save you from the wrath of bugs and other insects. But bear in mind that fire should not be very close to your tents as it increases the danger of fire in the campsite as tents catch fire easily.
Final Thoughts on Bug-Free Camping
It can be concluded that bugs can be spoiler of camping trips but taking precautionary measures can protect you from the menace of bugs.
Although, we have provided the necessary information in the article, but if you have any questions regarding bug-free camping you write to us, we will get back to you as soon as we can.
Fakhar has been a camping enthusiast since he was a small kid. He belongs to the area, which has the second-largest mountain and most glaciers. Thus, he has been around people, who know everything about nature and the wilderness.
For the love of nature, he chose Environmental Sciences as his field of study and graduated with distinction. Apart from working for a non-profit organization, he wanders on the Karakoram and Hindukush ranges with his camping equipment that he loves to collect.