Whether you’re hiking through the wilderness or tackling the Gauley River on your West Virginia rafting adventure, camping out with friends or family is half the fun. Along with camping comes juicy steaks cooked to perfection over an open fire, a round of corn-hole, good old-fashioned conversations and unfortunately, those pesky bugs. The great outdoors holds many critters, some smaller (and more annoying) than others. Keeping the bugs away on a camping trip can be a monumental task. While it’s inevitable that they will find a way into your campsite, there are various methods of bug protection. Here’s a few tips on bug protection:
Keeping Bugs Away From Your Site
Mosquitoes seem to have an uncanny ability to find their way into your space. While it’s impossible to fully dissuade the unwanted guests, you can easily deter them by planting a few citronella candles or torches. Space them a few feet apart from each other and set up a perimeter around your tents or camper.
Hang Out by the Campfire
The smoke from your campfire is an excellent bug repellent. Naturally, this works best in a small area, but does allow you to stay comfortable and hang out bug-free around your campsite. Smoke is perhaps the best natural way to keep pesky mosquitoes at bay.
Cover up with light colored clothing
Did you know that mosquitoes are shown to prefer darker colored clothing over lighter colors?Scientists believe this occurs because darker colors absorb heat while lighter colors reflect it. The mosquitoes are attracted to this body heat and thus bite people in dark clothing more often than those wearing lighter colors. When packing for your next outdoor adventure, be sure to bring light-colored clothing!
Keep Your Tent Zipped
I know this seems obvious, but as soon as you set up your tent, zip it up! The last thing you want is to do all that prepping of your sleeping space and neglect the obvious. Mosquitoes are guaranteed to find their way in and cause quite the annoyance all night long. Take it from someone who knows bug protection.
No camping trip is completely bug-free. However, with these bug protection tips, you can ensure that they won’t ruin everyone’s good time in the great outdoors.