How to Keep Bugs Away While Camping

How to Keep Bugs Away While Camping

The weather is starting to cool down again, and that means that it’s the best time of year to start pitching tents under Georgia stars, sitting around campfires while roasting marshmallows, and bundling up in sleeping bags. There’s nothing quite like a good camping trip, except when little pesky critters invade your campsite. Check out these tips on how to keep bugs away while camping this fall. 

Wear Protective Clothes 

The bugs are typically buzzing the most in the mornings and evenings, so to avoid bug bites be sure to be wearing clothes with coverage like long sleeves and pants! Depending on how buggy your campsite is, it might be a good idea to invest in insect repellent clothing. Most outdoor stores sell this type of insect repellent infused clothing. 

Did you know that mosquitoes are more attracted to dark clothing? So, a smart rule of thumb is to wear lighter colored clothing to avoid those little suckers! 

Add Sage to Your Campfire 

Sage is a yummy herb that tops off a delicious pasta dish, but I bet you didn’t know that it can also serve as a great natural bug repellent. Little critters hate the smell of sage! So, if you add a little to your fire, it will keep the bugs away. 

Invest in a Good Bug Spray 

The classic bug spray method is always a good go-to! When you’re packing for your camping trip, remember to pack a good bug spray that actually works. There are lots of effective natural repellents that work well if the bugs aren’t too bad, but if they’re unbearable you may have to resort to a product that contains DEET to keep them away. 

Keep Your Food Sealed 

A clean campsite is typically a critter-free campsite. Humans love free food and so do critters! In order to take extra safety precautions to avoid bugs and other little animal friends, it’s important to seal your food and keep your campsite as clean as possible. Here are a few tips for creating a clean campsite: 

  • Seal and store food in containers when done 
  • Make sure everything around your campsite is clean before hitting the sleeping bag for bed 
  • Wipe down your campsite after eating, so there are no lingering crumbs 

Don’t let the bugs get you down on your next camping trip! Follow our tips, and you will be sure to have an enjoyable time. If you have any additional questions about how to avoid pests, feel free to reach out to us here.