Once you plan to go on a camping trip, you have many things to do. You need to buy new camping gear, schedule the trip and take time off from your job. When you reach the campsite, you get ready to set up your tent. With your tent installed properly, you sit and relax by the fire. When you are about to drift into a relaxing camping mood, the irritating buzz of mosquitoes breaks your peaceful environment.
In the wilderness, it is tough to keep the mosquitoes from invading your space. After all it is you who is the outsider!
So, why not try in your own way to save your campsites from mosquitoes and prevent mosquito-borne diseases like malaria, encephalitis and West Nile.
Here are some simple yet effective tips that you can follow to enjoy camping while keeping mosquitoes at bay.
Non-Toxic Ideas for Preventing Invasion of Mosquitoes
Zappers, bug sprays, expensive candles, there are several options to manage mosquitoes. However, finding out environment friendly and affordable ways for mosquito management is essential. The following tips are safe and non-toxic.
- Before your trip, buy mosquito nets. If you are prepared to deal with any situation, you can use the net if the situation becomes too much to handle.
- To get protection against mosquitoes you can rub the inside of an orange peel on your legs, arms and face. Lemon eucalyptus oil and lavender essential oil will also be effective for keeping away mosquitoes.
- When you are camping, avoid perfumes and scented lotions.
- Your get-up should also be such that you can keep mosquitoes from biting you. Wear light-colored and long sleeved clothing along with proper shoes and hats.
- Find out places where water is standing freely and dump those collections of water. If it is not possible to dump the water, kill the larvae of the mosquitoes by spraying PAM.
- By using energy-saving yellow bug lights, you can keep the pests away from your campsite.
- If wind or fans are blowing, mosquitoes won’t be able to fly properly. So, sit where the wind is blowing. Though, this is not applicable when you are out on winter camping.
- Create a spray that you can use around your tents, campsites and bedding by using a mint flavored mouthwash in a spray bottle.
- You can bring your own citronella candles along with you and burn them. They are effective for 20 minutes to 2 hours.
- The food that you cook can be made tastier with black pepper and garlic. However, these two ingredients are repulsive for the pests.
- Do not breathe heavily if you want to keep mosquitoes at bay. These pests have nerve cells which detect carbon dioxide. So if you breathe heavily, your output of carbon dioxide is more and more mosquitoes will be attracted towards you.
- Avoid going for strenuous activities as it would lead to heavy breathing. Exercising would add up to your CO2 output and also lead to sweating. This in turn would lead to more mosquitoes.
- Avoid consuming limburger cheese when you are out camping. This is known for its stinky smell which attracts mosquitoes.
- Your campfire can prove to be helpful in getting rid of mosquitoes. However adding some more things to it can be really helpful. If you burn sage or throw some lemon balm into the fire, it can effectively repel the bugs. Burning citronella leaves or cedar tree bark can also be helpful.
- If you use lemon balm on your skin, it will also keep the pests away.
However, before using plant oils make sure you are not sensitive to them. Wash your hands thoroughly after using them.
If you are taking your pets with you while camping, bathe them in neem shampoo so that fleas, ticks and mosquitoes keep away from them as well.
Do you have any tips to share? What do you do to avoid these pests while camping? Share your tips in the comments below.