Always depending on mosquito repellent is not a good idea, but if you use the best ways, I shared this article to keep mosquitoes away. In contrast, camping is an add-on to the best natural mosquito repellent, and you will surely win this war.
12 best ways to keep mosquitoes away when you’re out
Stylish and fit clothes have their way, but when you talk about health vs. style, you should always choose health first because if you’re ill, no type will work for you.
Wear loose, lightweight, full-sized clothes, e.g., a full shirt and full pants are enough.
Also, remember to wear light clothes because the dark color is more appealing to mosquitoes.
Screened tent or netting
A screened tent is a transparent tent that allows you to see the beautiful waterfall, valley, and sky near your tent while it does not allow mosquitoes to come in and destroy your beautiful mood.
It is a good move to buy a screened tent for summer camping when there is no rain to come inside your tent.
If you already have a tent and don’t want to invest in a screened tent, buy a square mosquito net according to your tent size.
Tie this net around your tent with the help of a tree and tuck it on the ground so that wind won’t take the net off your tent.
A body net is only necessary when you know that you can find lots of mosquitoes during your walk outside the tent.
A good body net is a way to be secure from the tiny creatures who want to taste your blood.
You can find an excellent wearable mosquito jacket and pants here.
Zip-Up your tent
A slight mistake can give the mosquitoes an excellent chance to hide in your tent and torture you when you’re in bed. This mistake is – not zipping up your tent immediately every time you enter and leave your tent.
Zip your tent even when sitting or sleeping outside your tent.
Switch off the lights
Mosquitoes and most bugs fear fire, so they never come when you are sitting near your campfire, but they will love the light coming from your torch, lamp, or even your smartphone.
Hence don’t forget to switch off all the lights when you’re about to sleep. If you fear the dark, you can light up a mosquito repellent lamp with some sunshine.
Sleepaway from still water
In most chances, you can easily find some eggs of mosquitoes on the surface of still water like a lake, pond, or that which is there for a long time.
As you know, mosquitoes need water to breed to complete their natural life cycle.
So to be far away from the home of mosquitoes, set up your tent at least 100 meters away from the stagnant water.
Mosquitoes love to visit dirty places, and to cancel their visit; you must maintain your campsite as clean as possible.
Don’t forget to clean all your dishes, and don’t forget to clean your garbage or remaining food. It is always to live in a clean and hygienic place, so leave no trace of all you have to eat or do while camping.
Use Mosquito Repelling Smells
Smells like Citronella, Neem, Thyme, Peppermint, Aloe vera gel with olive oil, Rosemary, Pine oil, Lavender, Sage leaves, Geranium, Lemongrass, Lemon Eucalyptus, Vetiver, etc. are the best way to repel mosquitoes. There are 21+ smells I’ve shared in the infographic provided below. Please zoom it, as google docs don’t allow for more extensive pictures continuation in 2 pages. Or you can click here to read a designated article on smells that mosquitoes hate & like.
Don’t use fragrant products.
I don’t know why you need perfume or fragrance camping. Enjoy the natural scent of soil, flower, trees, mountains, and much more available to enjoy and see.
Bugs seem to love the fragrance of these more than you. So it is better to avoid perfumed:
- Haircare products
- Colognes, body sprays, and perfumes
Remove still water
I know this is a straightforward thing, and you might already know that still water is a part of their life cycle, and they love to live there.
So if you have any standing water in your house or garden which has been there for a long time, then please remove that now.
Have some running fans
Mosquitoes have wings to fly, but they are still not evolved to a point where they can compete with the wind from your fan.
Set up some table fans and it will keep all mosquitoes busy till they have the power of electricity.
If you are partying in summer, fans will give your guests a cold relief from sweat.
Watch your lights
Nearly all bugs, including mosquitoes, have a satisfying relationship with specific colors. If the color is bright like white, then replace it with different color like yellow, which irritates the mosquitoes.
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