It’s no surprise that bugs are some of the most annoying things to deal with on a camping trip (or in a bug-out situation). After all, most preppers and campers head out to the mountains to enjoy some clean, fresh air and beautiful views. Next thing they know, they find themselves being swarmed with mosquitos, flies, bees, and more.
Many times, this nuisance isn’t bad enough to make a person want to stay home. However, it IS enough to make a person go at least a little bit crazy. And the more they have to treat the stings and bug bites, the more angry they get.
Luckily, there are many different things you can do to keep the bugs away so you can enjoy the outdoor experience. And the best part is, many of these tricks aren’t super expensive. In fact, many times you can use natural materials to keep them off your skin for good.
If camping or bugging out is on the agenda, it’s going to be imperative to learn…
How To Keep The Bugs Away When Camping & Bugging Out
Bugs are a huge concern while camping since they love the summer (and love feeding on your skin, too). Thankfully, there’s a few ways to get rid of them.\
Start The Spiced Sage
One of the best is by pouring sage (the spice – not the brush) onto your fire. Bring the cheap stuff you find on the grocery store shelf, and pour some onto the fire whenever the smell of it dies down. Not only will this make the campsite smell great, but it’ll also keep the bugs at bay.
Cow Pies – Fun To Burn, Not To Eat
You can also add cow manure to the fire for an effective bug repellant. Sure, it won’t smell as pleasant. However, as the manure burns, it also encourages annoying bugs to go elsewhere.
Keep in mind burning the poop won’t make the fire smell BAD. In fact, many pioneers had nothing but buffalo chips (bison droppings) to stoke their fire during long winter nights. In fact, nearly every type of poop you find will work to keep your fire burning and the bugs from coming in.
Go With Citronella
Many people also use citronella torches to keep the bugs away. These are effective, but don’t exactly give off a “roughing it” kind of vibe. To change it up, you can put the same citronella container into a lamp or lantern for the same effect. You can even make DIY citronella candles by adding some drops of citronella onto the liquid wax of a pillar candle.
Try To Be Tick-Proof
Ticks are everywhere, and it can be very difficult to keep them off you. However, there are some things you can do to keep them at bay. For one, wear long-sleeves, long pants, long socks, and a hat when walking around outside. Light-colored clothing is also helpful, as it makes the bugs easier to spot if they land on it.
Make sure to also spray yourself down with insect repellant before walking outside. This will discourage the bugs from getting too friendly.
Want to know more about what to do if a tick inserts its head into the skin? Check out our blog here for more information.