Camp in comfort by keeping the bugs away

Posted by on Apr 30, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off on Camp in comfort by keeping the bugs away

Camping should be a lot of fun and, although you can take measures to minimize the risk of encountering flies, wasps, mosquitoes, ants and other creepy crawlies, it would be silly to think that you can spend your time in the great outdoors without ever coming into contact with any of these creatures – it is, after all, their home that you are visiting. You are the guest, they are the resident.

However, there are things you can do to keeping the bugs away and make things as enjoyable as possible during your stay in the outdoors. The amount of precautionary measures you take will also depend on the location of your trip. The pests we will focus on today are the flying, stinging, generally annoying insects that seem to be common in the Sandhills of Nebraska.

Insect Repellent

Insect repellent is your first line of defense in the outdoors against insects. It comes in all kinds of varieties and is formulated to deter wasps, flies and mosquitoes from annoying you. Insect repellent can come in an aerosol form, stick application, wet cloths, and non-aerosol sprays. Some people swear by those which contain a chemical called DEET as the best deterrent, although others are offended by its distinctly strong scent. However, there are several on the market that don’t have DEET as an active ingredient that will help to keep the bugs away. There are even those who claim a mixture of essential oils such as lavender, peppermint, tea tree oil and lemongrass will do the trick without the chemicals.

Whichever repellent you choose, many camping trips are ruined by the unwanted attention of flies, wasps, and mosquitoes. For this reason, be sure to have plenty on hand and use it even on the outer layers of your clothing, as many hungry, biting insects will not be deterred from taking a bite through a thin layer of fabric.

Citronella Candles

Citronella candles give off a scent that mosquitoes and other flying insects can’t stand. They come in all shapes and sizes, and in all sorts of containers. You can even get citronella liquid for use in thing such as tiki torches. Not only are they good as an insect repellent, candles and torches can also set the ambiance for camping with their subtle and warming light. Be sure to use caution when you retire for the evening by extinguishing all flames.

Mosquito Coils

Mosquito coils burn much in the same was as incense. One end of the coil is lit and it will emit smoke slowly. The aroma that emits will help to keep the bugs away. One downfall of coils is that if there happens to be a breeze, your deterrent is quickly blown away from your camping area. However, if the weather is calm, these can provide several hours of defense. Once again, you should ensure they are fully extinguished before you head off to sleep.

Whatever precautions you take, it’s always important to consider the location of your campsite, especially when there may be added dangers from additional creatures such as snakes, mice, raccoons, and other animals. However, basic prevention can ensure that your trip to the outdoors is not spoiled by bugs and pests seeking their next meal, while you are enjoying your visit at the Sandhills Motel and Glidden Canoe Rental.