When it comes to vacations, hiking and camping are the ultimate escape for those who love a quiet getaway from the traffic and city lights. A decent stay surrounded by nature is still one of the best ways to relax and unwind from everyday stress. Unfortunately, being in natural beauty means you are not alone. Wild and untamed tiny residents like bugs and mosquitoes accompany you almost all the time and destroy your mood like nothing else. Not only can these little bugs irritate your skin, but they can also put you close to several health ailments while disrupting your sleep and making you all grumpy. Annoying, isn’t it? Since we don’t want those frustrating little critters to deter you from a memorable vacation, here are 5 ways you can keep mosquitoes at bay during your next camping trip.
1. Use conventional bug sprays
One of the conventional and most useful ways to repel mosquitoes and bugs in your outdoor camping environment is by spraying on bug sprays or applying insect repellent cream. Such creams, lotions or sprays contain DEET, which makes them effective at repelling insects. Make sure you have such sprays handy when you go trekking or camping. Also, check that the spray or cream you choose is waterproof.
2. Use camphor
Camphor is a traditional therapy to get rid of mosquitoes. The pungent smell it produces effectively repels mosquitoes. Various formulations of camphor that can be used to kill mosquitoes are available on the market. A very simple, effective and ancient way to use this anti-repellent is to leave it in the pot and light it for 30 minutes. Camphor tablets can also be selected and placed in a bowl of water to repel mosquitoes.
3. Essential Oils
Mosquitoes despise the scent of essential oils like lavender and tea tree. This is another best therapy to say goodbye to insects and mosquitoes that appears in the middle of nature. If you don’t want your environment to be swamped by heavy chemicals, several essential oils have bug repellent properties and can be simply sprayed onto clothing for effective results. Thyme, eucalyptus, cedarwood, lemongrass, rosemary, lavender, basil and clove are some of the best magic potions to distract mosquitoes. You can also put drops on your body to avoid mosquito bites.
4. Keep the environment clean and dry
You can protect yourself and keep your camping area mosquito-free by maintaining proper hygiene and cleanliness and emptying standing water on or around the site. Once done, make sure to zip up and never throw trash or leftovers around to protect yourself from mosquito attack. Mosquitoes are naturally attracted to such an unkempt and tidy environment.
5. Place some mosquito-repellent potted plants near your camp
Another natural and effective way to protect yourself against the reproduction of mosquitoes is to place some medicinal plants in your area or choose a place for your camp where there is a collection of such plants. Herbs like basil are quite toxic to insects, and the leaves can even kill mosquitoes. You can place this plant near your tent for maximum benefit. In addition, you can use crushed leaves as a natural repellent and apply them all over the body to protect against stings. Citronella, lemongrass, lemon balm, rosemary, and lavender can also be used to repel mosquitoes.
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