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TIPS ON HOW TO AVOID INSECTS WHILE CAMPING

A prominent problem many encounter while camping is the number of bugs that bother and harm. While some bugs are harmless, there are those that may bring illness or at least become a real nuisance.

Here are a few tips on avoiding insects and bites I always rely on in addition to chemical applications.

CHOOSE ZIP-UP TENTS

If you’re concerned about insects getting in your tent, choose a tent that you can zip closed tight. Zip-up tents usually have a net door flap, apart from the main fabric door and the same goes for the windows. The mesh prevents mosquitoes and other bugs from flying or crawling in while allowing air to circulate.

SET UP SCREEN ROOMS OR MOSQUITO NETTINGS

If you just want a safe area away from bugs, you can set up a screen room. Screen rooms are similar to tents but all the walls are screens. If you can’t find one for sale, drape mosquito netting over a shelter canopy.

SET UP BUG ZAPPERS

A bug zapper also has a lantern that attracts insects with light and metal pins electrocute bugs when they land on the device. Just make sure you don’t use the bug zapper right near where you camping and sleeping because they attract bugs. You want to put the zapper away from where you are. On the downside, zappers are only good if you have a power source or enough batteries.

MANIPULATE LIGHT

Because bugs and insects are attracted to light, lanterns can be used to lure them insects away from your campsite. Bright white or UV light is the best for attracting insects, which is even more reason to put those lanterns at distance.

Use red or dim yellow lights on your site for comfort. These two light colours don’t attract bugs as much as white and UV lights.

WEAR APPROPRIATE CLOTHING

To prevent getting bitten by bugs, you should wear clothes that can cover most of your body. Lighter colours are also better. Black, for example, attracts a lot of flying insects during the day.

I find the above methods work well while applying bug repellent. There’s nothing worse than being bitten all over or waking up in the middle of the night because you have bugs crawling around your tent.

 


 

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Kimberly Powell
kimberly.powell@dinga.com.au

Kimberly loves camping, cooking, travelling and animals. She's turned her hand to writing to share her experience.