How do I Control Insect While Camping?
A family camping Adventure can be a fantastic experience for all. However, heading out into the wild also brings with it the threat of small insects. These little buggers are constant irritation and detract from our overall experience. You need to be aware of your surroundings so you can decide on a plan of action to keep these pests at bay.
Mosquitoes biting flies, yellow jackets, and ticks are all commonplace in the woods and Open Fields. We need to find the best method possible to keep our experience free from these little pets.
Depending on where and when you will be camping, you will find different insect levels on your camping adventures. Camping in the spring will bring out our favorite little friends, such as the mosquito.
Black Flies tend to be later in the season and love you around fast-moving water, so be prepared to deal with these little biting pests on your fishing trip.
What can I do to control little flying pests while camping?
You can do several items while camping to minimize the effects of these small, irritating pets. These items include:
Stay on the road traveled
Create a personal Zone
Sage in the fire pit
All these items combined will help you reduce the number of small insects flying through at our campsite during our stay. Remember, you’re in the wild, and you’re probably not going to eradicate all of them.
Let’s take a closer look at these items and see how each one can benefit your experience while camping in the wilds or at your favorite campground.
What is the Best Location for Your Campsite to Reduce Insects?
The first step in reducing insects is where you locate your camp. You want to pick a spot that is dry and free from Tallgrass. Avoid low lying areas that can collect water or will leave moisture that will attract these little pests.
Mosquitoes love to breed in standing water. This water can include small puddles and even bowls and cups at your campsite that you have left unattended. Keep any standing water in mind.
Remember, clean your campsite from trash and food wrappers. It would also be best if you washed your dishes to reduce the odors of food to attract small insects. Finally, strain your dishwater and dispose of it far away from your campsite. You should dump this water no less than 50 feet away from your site.
Tallgrass is an excellent place for ticks to hideout. These little buggers love to burrow into you, your children, and your pets. Keep a close eye out for these pets, as they can cause serious health issues. Check your children and pets frequently if you are camping in or near tall grass. These pets can turn into an unwanted experience that can cut your trip short.
Be aware that if they manage to burrow into your skin, you will need to remove them with a hot knife or tweezers. Be sure to get all of them as sometimes the little burrowed legs remain that can cause complications.
Fast running water is where you will find biting flies.
This location is their favorite place to hang out. If you’ve done any riverside fishing, you will know this fact. Strong running water, including strong streams, are the place you will encounter these pests.
This fact is the key reason why you don’t want your campsite directly adjacent to running water. Putting your tent next to that stream for your fishing convenience will undoubtedly increase your exposure to flying pests.
Follow the paths most traveled
If you’re out hiking or just walking through the campground, remember to stay on the paths. Here the tall grass is beating down in the ground is typically dryer. These facts will help to reduce the number of mosquitoes and flying insects around. Not to mention ticks love to hang out in the tall grass, which increases your likelihood of jumping onto you.
This simple action can help keep you and your loved ones safe and healthy. Also, your goal is to reduce the effect of small insects, and this action is a simple method to help achieve this goal.
Create a personal burials barrier Zone
The trick here is to find a long-lasting bug repellent. Remember, most sprays and lotions applied to your body will wash off after a couple of hours. The main reason is the moisture of your body as well as rain and the environment around you. These items significantly reduce the effectiveness of your repellants.
To solve this issue, you should spray your clothing. This step will help your bug repellent last longer and will not be rubbed off or removed by your body’s sweat.
With this in mind, you should choose the correct clothing while camping. Choose clothing that is light and loose-fitting on your body.
You should also choose clothing that avoids bright colors. Insects, including flies and mosquitos, are attracted to oranges and yellows and bright Reds and Pinks. If you avoid these colors, you can help to reduce the number of these little flying pests.
Bug bags and sticks create an area the insects are attracted to and reduce these insects.
Yellow Jacket traps, bug bags, and bug sticks will attract insects and hopefully keep them away from your campsite. It would help if you created a barrier around your campsite to draw them out and keep them on the fringe. While these are not 100% effective, they will reduce the number of insects directly inside your camping Zone. This step used with your personal repellant zone will help to reduce the overall effects of these pests.
Throw some sage in the fire pit to reduce insects.
Insects hate the smell of sage. This natural herb is a straightforward way to reduce the number of insects around your campsite.
Not to mention the smell of burning sage will stay on your body and your clothing for hours. This smoke acts as a personal repellent to keep them from landing on you and distracting you from your camping experience.
Sage is another item you can add to your arsenal to help keep flies, mosquitoes, and other flying insects away from you and your family.
Citronella candles and torches.
Studies find citronella candles and torches are not an effective way to keep insects, especially mosquitoes, away from your campsite. The overall effectiveness is between 5 and 30%.
The average candle only admits 5% citronella, so this is minimal and, therefore, makes it an ineffective method.
So, discount the rumors of citronella, and bring sage to throw in your fire. It is a much more effective method to repel insects from your campsite and help improve your camping experience.
With this list of methods to reduce insects, you can now enjoy your next family camping experience. Whether you are fishing riverside or camping at your favorite resort, these methods will significantly reduce the number of little flying friends. By eliminating them, you will enjoy nature and help keep your family safe.
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