The kinds of bugs that you’ll have to watch out for on your camping trip out under nature’s hood are going to vary with the places that you choose to visit.
In general, you should be aware of all bugs that you come into contact with and that are near your campsite.
Bugs are usually attracted to food and garbage, both of which should be kept to a minimum in the wilderness and should always be carried out when the trip has reached its end.
In general, keep you eyes peeled for hornets, bees, wasps, and yellow jackets, which often frustrate campers and hikers.
You’ll want to make sure that you avoid attracting stinging insects by wearing light-colored clothing and avoiding perfumes or colognes. Should such an insect approach, do not wave wildly and swat blindly; instead, use a gentle pushing or brushing motion to deter them. Insects usually react violently to violent motions. Keeping this in mind can keep you from getting stung.
Ticks are often a problem too for people who are spending time in the woods. Here are a couple of ways that you can handle them.
Stinging insects can cause unpleasant and even dangerous effects. It’s a good idea to take a few simple precautionary measures to deal with them when you go into the woods.
If you really need to avoid the risk of being bitten or stung you should stay away from wet, grassy areas, avoid using fragrant or scented personal products of any kind, wear light colored long sleeve shirts and pants, wear a hat and a bandana on your head and neck. You also should keep cool because bugs are attracted to sweat.
You can use traditional bug repellent, most of which contain DEET as the active ingredient against bugs. This chemical may be harmful and should not be used on children. It’s a good idea to not overdo it with bug spray.
Usually, sunscreen/insect repellant combinations have a lower concentration of DEET. Avon Skin So Soft is preferred by many people who are trying to stay away from the harder sprays.
Citronella candles and oil help keep mosquitoes out of the area, but are smoky and generally very heavy, so think about where you’re going and whether it’s a good idea to bring these along.
If the bugs are really bad, you’ll want to bring head nets, which keep bugs away from your head and face. Mosquito nets are also helpful if you’re camping in dense, lush forest type areas, where you’ll need to deal with the bugs on a regular basic.
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