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Camping with Mosquitoes-How to Avoid your Itchy Friends

Aug 17, 2007
When camping with your family, you want to be able to enjoy the great outdoors. You do not want to spend your adventure running away from pesky mosquitoes. Camping with mosquitoes can be a tiring experience but, the good news is that there are ways to get around these itchy critters.

How do you stay away from them in the first place?

When camping with mosquitoes, you want to make sure you take a few precautions to best protect yourself from getting bit. Many people are not aware that bugs have favorite colors just like us. The most common colors that bugs flock to are black and blue. Try to stay away from these colors when dressing for your camping trip. This will help you stay one step ahead of the bugs.

You can also take other precautions with your clothing when packing for your camping trip. Wear shirts and pants with tight cuffs to help keep mosquitoes from getting underneath your clothing and to avoid unwanted guests crawling up your leg. It has also been said that taking garlic supplements will help keep the biters at bay.

Campfires are also great bug foggers. Bugs do not like the smoke, so this is a great natural bug repellant and what better way to make some great memories then sitting around a campfire with your family and friends. Citronella candles are another great repellant but a bit inconvenient at times as you have to stay close to the candle for the full effects.

Try to not camp right next to the water. Most bugs will be nested near the water so its best to set up camp just a bit away from the water. Even though it is very tempting to camp on the waterside, it is much smarter to just move up the road a bit and save yourself the agony of the critters

There are also the ever-famous tools to use when camping with mosquitoes. Such items as bug repellant sprays and lotions are readily available at most any convenience store. You can also buy such items as mosquito coils, and repellant sprays for your cloths, the yard foggers as well as many others. You will have to try and see what works best for you and your family. One of the best on the market is sprays containing Deet. Many people do not like the high concentration of the chemical so they do not apply this to children.

Mosquitoes are the biggest problem people have when camping. Getting things under control with the pesky critters will make your trip all the more worthwhile. Make sure you have the proper tents to keep the bugs outside. There are many tents on the market today but you want to be sure to get one that has the mesh vented windows. If the mesh or netting is to large the bugs will fly right in at night and have a feast on you and your family. Therefore, it is best to treat the area prior to setting up camp with a yard fogger. You may also want to check for nests such as wasps or bees, around the tent area. Most campgrounds offer spray to help you get rid of the unwanted guests.

Once you have given the campsite a once over, it is time to set up the tents to give the sprayed areas a chance to air out. It is also recommended to wash any areas where you will be storing your food items and where you will be eating. It might also be helpful to light a few repellant coils upwind of the campsite at night to help ward off bugs while sleeping.

There is no cure to getting rid of these pests all together but with the use of the repellants and coils you can cut down on the amount you have, considerably. When buying your tent, you will want to be sure that it has the proper screens on all doors and windows. You can also bring along a screened canopy. This is great for when you are sitting down to eat. Set up is easy and can be put most anywhere, helping you create a bug free zone to spend your waking hours while outside.
About the Author
Warren L. Smith offers a fountain of information on such tents as: pop-up tents and campers, family tents, party tents, and even trailer tents. For the best up to date information on all essential tents for camping, go to http://www.tentsandmoreonline.com/
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