Bugs, Bugs Everywhere – How do you get rid of them??


Bugs are literally everywhere, especially when you are camping. Keeping them under control so you don’t get stung or bitten too much is a challenge!!

The worst is the mosquitoes & biting flies. With all the diseases carried by insects nowadays it’s a good idea to protect yourself & your family as well as the dogs if you have any you bring along.

I am a firm believer in trying not to impact the environment & add chemicals that aren’t good for our world so we will be exploring natural insect repellents on this blog post!

Mosquitoes – Blood thirsty & hungry!

Camping is wonderful fun, however, the bug population can be quite aggressive, especially mosquitoes! With the viruses they carry this is a real concern for all people whether you’re camping or just outside in summer having fun, working in your yard or garden.

Insect repellents with DEET have really become rare because of all the problems DEET causes with skin irritations & worse, especially for children & babies.

Natural insect repellents are getting more popular & a lot easier to find now. You may have to buy several formulas to cover more than just mosquitoes though.

We use Citronella candles & Citronella oils in our Tiki torches that we put around the campsite to help with the mosquito population. It does also help with biting flies & no-seeums somewhat.

Biting flies-the worst!

If you’ve never been bitten by a biting fly, you have no idea the level of pain you can endure! It burns & hurts all at the same time & if you rub the bite site it just gets worse!

It’s always good to have some kind of antibacterial spray or salve so you can slather it on to help the burning & pain.

The best kind as far as I’m concerned is Watkins Petro-Carbo Salve. You, of course, are going what??? I’ve never heard of it. Well it’s been around since 1889 and I’ve literally used it my whole life. It not only will soothe the bite site for a lot of insect bites but it draws out infection too! This product is very handy to have around because you can use it on cuts, scratches, scrapes, burns, skin irritations & bug bites! It’s definitely a must when camping!

No-SeeUms-Can’t be seen!

Just as their name implies they can’t been seen because they are very tiny but they can be felt! Really never heard of them until I moved to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan!

This is basically how they work: one second you’re just fine & the next a welt shows up on your skin & it starts itching! Hence their name!

Most insect repellents natural or otherwise will protect you from these flies & biting flies If you decide on a natural insect repellent, be sure to spray yourself often @ every 1 to 2 hours. It wears off & then you will be bitten a lot!

Ticks – Nasty creatures!

I grew up in a city so I had absolutely no idea what a wood tick is. Well, the very first time I found a tick on me, I totally freaked right out!! My dad was born & raised in Upper Michigan & found this hilarious!! He was laughing so hard he could hardly get the tick off of me & since I was jumping around screaming get it off, it wasn’t an easy task anyway!

Not such a big deal now but you have to be very careful because they carry some really bad diseases and so do mosquitoes!!

The best protection is a good insect repellent and stay out of the long grass & places that ticks hang out!! Long grass & areas not traveled are favorite spots for ticks. They also can be transferred from pets to humans so make sure your dogs & cats have good flea & tick protection too.

If you find a tick already embedded in your skin, the best thing I found to do is use Vaseline or any kind of salve & put it on the part that you can touch! That actually is how a tick breathes so when you do that you are literally suffocating them & they have to let go to get any air! Don’t pull a tick out of you by any means because the part that buried in your skin will stay & that’s what causes you to get sick!


In conclusion, this sounds like it’s a losing battle but with a little persistence you can win & enjoy being outside without too many bites & stings to yourself.

The insects I’m sure serve a purpose to our environment but to be honest, I’m not really sure what that is. They are there anyway & have to be dealt with if you are spending time outside!!

I for one refuse to stop camping, swimming or enjoying the outdoors because I have a battle to win with insects!!

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions about how to control insects, please feel free to leave them in the comment box below!

Thanks for sharing my adventure into the world of insects!

Happy Camping to All of You



Bringing a boat, canoe, or kayak – Boating is great fun!

Going camping is absolutely great fun all by itself but bringing a boat, canoe or kayak really makes it a pleasurable adventure for everyone!


Boats – which kind is best?

Over the years of camping, I have used & enjoyed all types of boats from row boats to boats with outboard/inboard motors.

Of course there are all types of boats available to take camping & it does depend on what kind of activities you are going to be doing as to what type of boat will work best for you.

The whole family enjoys a speed boat that you can pull a tube behind or ski behind. It’s also a lot of fun to just take out in the lake & meet a bunch of people & enjoy swimming off the boat!

Most of the time we had some type of boat to go fishing because that’s what we really enjoy doing best! If you catch enough of the right size fish, you have dinner!!! Please follow all laws on size & type of fish you catch so you don’t get into trouble with the Game Warden.

You can usually find a good used fishing boat for around $500 to $1,000. Be sure to carry all the proper safety equipment on board including oars because I have had to paddle several times when the boat motor wouldn’t start. Life jackets & vests or pillows are a must & there has to be one for each person on the boat.


Row Boats – Are they still in use?

When I was growing up, you were able to rent a rowboat to take out on the lake. It was equipped with oars, life jackets, pillows, etc. I learned the hard way once that you should always make sure the oars are the same length because they aren’t always. Sure makes getting anywhere really tough.

Actually using a rowboat to go fishing is a very good way to fish. It’s of course quiet & that’s why you want to go fishing is not just to catch fish but to have peace & quiet! To decompress from the stress of every day living & get away from it all. Catching fish is simply the icing on the cake so to speak!

I’m not sure I could row a boat anymore but it would still be fun to try.


Canoes – fun & versatile

In recent years, my daughter purchased a canoe to take camping. It’s easy to strap to the top of the vehicle or tow on a small boat trailer & has lots of room to pack stuff in. It’s easy to take down to the shore by 2 people & easy to bring back to the camp site.

It’s also very easy to paddle & you kind of feel like your getting back to pioneer days by paddling around a lake in it!

You can also fish from a canoe & you really don’t need an anchor although you do need to keep an eye on where the canoe is drifting.

This is very relaxing & fun.



Kayaks – these totally look like fun!

Kayaks are one of the boats I have never had the pleasure to use. They do look like they are totally fun though. I have known quite a few people who own kayaks & swear by them. They will take them anywhere & even do white water rafting with them, which looks a fair bit dangerous to me, especially in a kayak!

They are more stable than I ever thought they were & for a very long time I wondered how they didn’t tip over all the time. On closer inspection though, they are pretty wide on the bottom & don’t tip over as easily as I once thought.

I really have to do more research on kayaks to see if it’s something I would like to try. Supervised of course.

I would think that a kayak is just for fun to get out on the water & enjoy the lake or river. Doesn’t seem like a feasible craft to fish from since there’s nowhere to put fishing gear. You also need to wear a life jacket with a kayak, at least I would because a life jacket or vest will help you if you do tip over. They are designed to come to the top of the water so it will help to get the kayak upright.



No matter what type of boat, canoe or kayak you bring camping, they do make camping more interesting & fun!

The entire family gets to join in & you get quality fun time together. At the end of the day, everyone has had a great fun day & after dinner & clean up, everyone sleeps so well. It’s a great way to spend time with the people you love!

Please feel free to leave comments and questions or opinions and do share your experiences in the comment box below!