Mosquitoes are annoying when you are trying to relax around a campfire, and they also carry several dangerous diseases. Even though diseases like Dengue fever and malaria aren’t much of a concern in the United States, diseases like West Nile are a serious concern. Fortunately, these flying, buzzing blood suckers don’t have to ruin your long awaited camping trip. Here are a few ways to keep the mosquitoes off your body, so you can enjoy the cool evening and the warm fire.
Love the Lemon Eucalyptus Oil
Safe to use and effective, this natural treatment will make you smell lemony fresh while driving away mosquitoes and ticks. It currently does not have approval from the EPA for children under the age of three, but it’s a great choice for adults and older kids.
Leave the Scented Potions at Home
When packing up the camper, it’s tempting to throw in your favorite scented lotions. Unfortunately, these scents can send a message to bugs that you’re a pretty flower waiting to be feasted on. Protect yourself by packing unscented soaps and lotions. Since they won’t attract critters, you can leave these in the camper between trips also.
Controlled Smoke for Atmosphere and Bug Control
Light a few citronella candles or tiki torches to add mood lighting, create the perfect atmosphere and drive away the bugs. Surround your gathering area with the torches to a fantastic evening without the constant humming and buzzing of biting bugs. Keep a rag in the camper to wipe off the soot before you pack the torches away after your camping trip.
Cover up with Lightweight Clothing
When shopping for clothing for your trip, look for pants and long-sleeved shirts that are lightweight and breezy. They’ll keep the bugs off without causing you to overheat too much. This is especially important if you are camping in the deep woods or any primitive camping area where mosquito control is lacking.
Plug in the Fan
The beauty of camping in a sleek RV is that you can take more along and you will have electricity. Take advantage of this and keep a fan in the camper. Mosquitoes don’t fly very well, so a fan will literally blow them away from you. An added bonus is that you’ll stay cooler at the same time.
If you have been using a bug zapper, you might want to leave it at home and replace it with these other options. Bug zappers kill any flying insect attracted to light, including moths. As the larger mosquito-eating insects are killed off, the mosquito population will move around more freely. You’re better off choosing these natural methods and allowing nature to work without the aid of electronic zappers.
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