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