Don’t Bug Me

When you go camping you are in insect territory, however there are simple tips to cutting down the likelihood that you will have a bad experience.

First, try to set up camp in a bug-free zone. Most bugs are attracted to stagnant water in a warm, moist cd472db8a-9352-40f3-ae44-3aadd08a9a49limate. The best place to pitch a tent is high ground on a hillside. To decrease bites while camping near a lake or river avoid setting up camp too close to the shoreline.

Further, these pests can ruin your sleeping quarters in a matter of hours. Bring along citronella candles or torches to line the perimeter of the tent. In addition, it is crucial to keep all food sealed for limited access form all unwanted guests.

To avoid bites, keep bugs off your body. Insect repellent can quickly become your best friend. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that campers use DEET, Picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus.DEET

Typical bugs to avoid include mosquitos, ticks, fleas, and bee stings.

 

 

 

Sources:

http://www.lovetheoutdoors.com/how-to-avoid-insects-and-other-bugs-when-camping/

http://www.bidmc.org/YourHealth/Health-Notes/Summer-Health/Stay-Safe/Stay-Safe-While-Camping-and-Hiking.aspx

http://www.active.com/outdoors/articles/how-to-avoid-bugs-while-camping

http://www.allcampgrounds.com/articles/tips/avoid-insects.html

http://www.cdc.gov/westnile/index.html

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