Many people look forward to experiencing the joy of nature by living in outdoor camping tents. During summer, your camping adventure may be marred by troublesome pests such as flies, mosquitoes, ants, bees, scorpions, snakes and even larger animals such as foxes or bears. Even plants such as poison ivy can cause trouble. To make your camping experience as enjoyable as possible, it is important to remember the below tips.
1 – Apply Insect Repellent Spray or Ointment
When you are outdoors, apply DEET-free insect repellent ointment or spray on your clothing and the exposed parts of your body. Remember that most pests are active at dawn and dusk. These are the times you need maximum protection.
2 – Use Pest Control Spray if Needed
Use a spray to kill insects if they accumulate in large numbers around your camping tent. You could also use a less harmful option such as a mosquito coil. Be careful to avoid spraying near open food or near a campfire.
3 – Use Citronella Candles
Citronella candles are an effective, environmentally friendly way of keeping unwanted visitors away from your camping site. You can purchase larger candles to light throughout the evening, but be cautious and blow out the candles before you step out or go to sleep.
4 – Never Leave Food Outside
The scent of food is the most inviting prospect for creatures such as raccoons, mice, skunks and even bears. To prevent this often dangerous situation, never leave food outside, even if it is covered. Use a secure box to keep food and cover it with plastic to prevent the scent from travelling.
5 – Wash Utensils Before and After Use
Never leave utensils unwashed after cooking or eating in them. This is another open invitation to pests. To prevent sickness and stomach bugs, always wash utensils before use as well.
6 – Carry a Cooler with Sufficient Ice to Store Food
Meat and cooked food will often go bad very quickly in the heat of summer. A cooler with plenty of ice will keep your food fresh and is also a great place to store your food away from pests.
7 – Keep Yourself Covered
Wear long sleeved clothing and hats to protect yourself from ticks and other pests, more so when the sun is rising or setting.
8 – Avoid Wearing Bright Colored Clothing
Bright colored clothes can actually attract insects. Wear dull, pale shades of clothing to prevent this from happening. Similarly, the use of perfume is another way of attracting insects to yourself, s limit your use of fragrant products when you are camping.
9 – Pitch Your Tent Away from Sources of Water
Lakes, rivers and swamps are ideal nesting grounds for mosquitoes and other bugs. Avoid pitching your tent in the vicinity of the water. Never leave your tent open when you are sleeping or away. This will keep you safe from bug bites and other dangers.
10 – Keep Away from Dense Vegetation
Tall grass and dense vegetation often harbors bugs that can leave unpleasant bites on your skin. Keep away from such areas and stick to the thinner patches.