When we go camping or just simply hang out in our backyards, we know what a pain it can be to keep bugs away while camping outside Springfield, Mo. I personally cannot stand them, just as I am sure the rest of the world can’t either. No one wants to share their food with flies or be eaten up by mosquitos. Because I am an avid camper and backyard BBQ’r I have tried everything imaginable to keep those bothersome bugs away.
Here are some things that I have found to work pretty well.
How to Keep Bugs Away While Camping Outside Springfield
Keep your Campsite Clean
This may seem like the most obvious thing to do, but surprisingly the smallest thing such as a forgotten apple core on the ground can draw in the bugs fast. I have a child and know how messy kids can be. I have made it a religious practice to walk around the campsite making sure nothing is carelessly lying around waiting to be some bug’s snack. I also know when coming off the river after a full day float you are exhausted, want to cook dinner and be done with it. Clean-up be damned! The issue there is, those dirty dishes are a fly magnet. As long as everyone chips in to get the job done and the site cleaned up, you’ll be sitting around your campfire in no time enjoying the hot summer night.
Another helpful way to keep the bugs away is to make sure your trash bag is set away from your primary camping-and-chillin’ area. I generally hang our trash bag about 15 to 20 feet away from our site. This will help to draw the bugs away from your area.
Pine Sol For The Win!
The next time you are perusing the aisles of your neighborhood grocery store, head down the cleaning supply aisle and pick up a bottle of Pine So l- the scent doesn’t matter – and a spray bottle. Mix the Pine Sol 50/50 with water and spray around your campsite table or lawn furniture and doors. The result is pretty satisfying…. for about half an hour. Unfortunately, I have not found this remedy to work for much longer than that before I have to spray again. With that being said, those thirty minutes of pest-less bliss are amazing!
Mint, Basil and Bay Leaves ~ All Naturaaal
Flies hate the smell of these three herbs and I have found them to work quite well in keeping flies away. They can be fresh or dried, either way they work equally as well.
Here’s how I use them:
Take an old pair of pantyhose, cut into sections and tie each section at one end. You can make them as big or small as you would like, just as long as you can fill them and tie the other end. Take the dried mint, basil and bay leaves, and put them together in each section of pantyhose and tie the other ends. Voila, natural fly repellents!
I like to tie some yarn on a few of them so that I can hang them in various different locations around my campsite, such as the door of my tent, near the food coolers, and seating area. The rest I lay around the campsite table for good measure.
Liquid Hand Soap
Ticks are a bad deal while camping or playing in the backyard. Ticks are also dangerous: lyme disease is a serious and scary thing. Mosquito and tick repellent doesn’t smell good and the wrong kinds can be toxic for your body, but it is a necessity when spending time outdoors. According to Natural News, repellent containing DEET is terribly toxic for us and should not be used. Look instead for alternatives, such as Picardin, IR 3535 and Oil of lemon eucalyptus.
But what do you do when a tick crawls on you unnoticed and takes a bite? Well, one way to safely remove that bad guy is to soak a cotton swab in liquid hand soap and hold it over the tick latched onto you. The tick will back itself out and stick to the swab. It is important to keep the tick and date when it bit you. By doing this, if you do contract lyme disease, it will be that much easier to treat, as you will have the culprit available for testing.
For more information about the harmful effects of DEET, please visit http://www.naturalnews.com/026982_DEET_insect_repellent_insect_repellents.html
For more information about alternative pest repellents, please visit http://www.naturalnews.com/026982_DEET_insect_repellent_insect_repellents.html
Last but certainly not least! My Favorite!
Sage is, in my opinion, the best way to keep bugs at bay. By bringing sage along to your outdoor adventures and simply placing a handful in your fire, you will be amazed by the results. Not only does it smell good, it repels incredibly well. It has worked the best for me while camping and coupled with the other four tips above, my campsite is happily free of bugs. Though some do still wander in, they will quickly scatter once they’ve caught a whiff of the sage burning in the fire. I generally scatter the sage along the outside rim of the fire so that it won’t burn up too quickly. Sage is very inexpensive and can be found at local natural food markets like Mama Jeans. Keep this goodie around and you’ll be camping like royalty in no time!
Do be sure to keep a checklist of all the things you may need for you awesome float trip or camping trip outside Springfield, Mo and be sure to keep safety high on your priority list. Whether that means keeping extra sunscreen, having pantyhose full of herbs, or just ensuring you have had enough water, a good camping trip happens only when you and your loved ones are happy and healthy!
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