Camping is one of the best ways to enjoy the great outdoors with family and friends. Roasting hot dogs over a fire, sleeping under the stars and washing yourself in a lake are all iconic activities of the worldwide hobby of camping. Now, many people think that bugs and insects are just a part of being in nature, and if you want to enjoy the experiences of camping, pests are something you simply have to deal with. This is true, to an extent. However, there are things you can do to keep them at bay. Here of some of the pests you may come across while camping and what you can do about them.
When you’re camping, you’re directly in pest territory, so don’t be surprised to find everything from ants to mosquitoes to wasps. Fortunately, pests are less of a problem for you outside, as a pest infestation in your house could mean a week of exterminators, and when you’re camping, all you have to do is pack up and go back home. Yet, there can still be problems if you let pests like ticks and fleas come back home with you. Meanwhile, even though you’re only going to be camping for a finite length of time, it doesn’t mean you need to let pests bother you unhindered while there. You can’t exterminate the entire forest, but you can easily keep them off your body and away from your campsite.
The first step comes before you even set up camp. Make sure you place your tent away from thick woods, tall grass and still ponds, as these are the places where bugs like to congregate. Once you’re settled, get a campfire started. You were probably going to do that anyway, but sooner is better than later, since the smoke from fires are a great way to send mosquitoes flying. Also, don’t leave litter and uneaten food lying around. Not only is this bad for the environment, but if you do, nature may retaliate against you in the form of a mosquito bite on your neck. Some other tips include wearing long sleeved shirts to decrease your skin’s surface area, applying bug spray, and keeping your tent closed while you sleep.
Pests are difficult enough to combat in your home, forget about when you’re sleeping in the forest. Fortunately, they don’t have to define your camping trip as long as you remember these simple tactics. For more information, or to receive quality pest control services, give My Exterminator a call today.