You never expect outdoor camping without the bugs or insects. Outdoor camping is always exiting and rejuvenating.
The sight of the stunning mountains, spectacular trees, beautiful sunrises and sunsets, the fresh air experiences cannot be stopped because of the fear of insects and bugs.
There is no doubt that these insects will make the outdoor camping experience horrible and miserable. You cannot always be ready to fight with these insects to get them away from you.
Mosquitoes, yellow jackets, gnat’s, wasps, meat bees, hornets, honey bees, fleas, maggots, moths, chiggers, etc., the list of outdoor insects is never-ending and the disturbances they cause in the outdoor camping are frustrating.
You even find these insects at your home, but you can control them as they are in small number and their presence is not so frustrating. But when camping in outdoors, it’s their habitat and you are prone to them in a larger medium. So, proper care is necessary to control them in their own habitat.
Tips for controlling the bugs in outdoor camping:
Campground or campsite: The selection of a campsite in the outdoor camping is necessary to control the invading of insects and bugs. Select the campsite away from wet grassy areas where the insects are abundant.
Bugs and insects usually hangout around standing water areas, so setup your camp away from small lakes, puddles and streams. See that your campsite is away from garbage and other pop cans.
Dress code in outdoors: Dark and bright colored clothes are like magnets for the insects. Make a thumb rule that you should wear light and pale colored clothes in outdoor camping.
Cover as much body as with your clothes and never wear half pants and half sleeved shirts. Wear a hat or a band for covering the head and neck parts. By covering maximum portion of the body, you can escape from the bite of these insects.
Fragrance: Insects can also smell and are attracted to strong sprays and perfumes. Do not apply strong scents, perfumes or deodorants in outdoors. Stick to fragrance free soaps and detergents for using in outdoor camping.
Hygienic campsite: Maintaining the campsite properly is as important as choosing a campsite. After settling down in the campsite, you should make sure that you maintain the campsite clean. You should not spill down your drink or food crumbs. These mistakes are like inviting the insects to your campsite. So, take proper care to control the insect’s invasion to your campsite.
Campfire: Insects are attracted to light, so before choosing an artificial source of light think of campfire. Building of campfire at your campsite will give you enough light and the smoke from the campfire acts as natural insect repellents.
Insect repellents: This is the easiest way for controlling the insects at your campsite. There are different insect repellents – one is used for applying directly on body and the other is used in spray form.
Skintastic, deep woods off are skin insect repellants; before using these repellants on skin try for a patch test. Do not apply them on eyes and open wounds. Before using these repellents, make sure you patch test them and read labels for their formulas.
Care to be taken after insect bites:
Even after much care, there is a chance of getting bitten by insects. Mosquitoes bite may not bother too much, but if the insect is poisonous you need special care. So, after getting bitten by the insects, you should clean the wound by soap and make sure the insects and its parts are away from the body.
Rub ice cubes on the wound, this avoids swelling. Use topical creams such as hydrocortisone cream to control itching. Make sure you carry all these supplies in your first-aid kit. If you notice any uncommon changes in the body after insect bite, consult the doctor.
Before setting up a campground, learn about the creatures in the area. If there are any poisonous creatures or insects special care should be taken.