How to keep mosquitoes away during camping
How to keep mosquitoes away during camping
Mosquitoes - we’ve never met anyone who likes these tiny buzzing bugs. These little creatures are especially annoying when you’re trying to relax on your camping holiday. We want to give you some tips on how to keep mosquitoes away during camping, even though Camping Barco Reale is situated on a hill, making it a “dry” camping site with relatively few mosquitoes. Let's get into it!
#1 Control mosquitoes on your camping spot with natural repellents
Essential oils are a great and save way to keep your campground mosquito-free. Burn them after sunset which is the time of the day mosquitoes get most active. Essential oils contain natural substances that are effective insect repellents that get released when you heat the oils.
There are a lot of essential oils that you can use to chase away annoying bugs. The only thing you need to know is what essential oils work best against what bugs, because unfortunately mosquitoes usually don’t hang around alone: they love to brings other creepy crawlers to the party!
Following a list of essential oils that you can use to keep annoying bugs away while camping:
Mosquitoes: citronella, peppermint, lavender, lemongrass, and thyme
Ticks: rosewood, oregano, juniper
Fleas: all essential oils that work for mosquitoes, plus cedarwood and eucaluptus
You can also make a mix of essential oils to protect yourself from any kind of bug!
#2 Eat foods with garlic
Mosquitoes don’t like it that much when you eat garlic. Embrace the garlic taste and smell and keep mosquitoes away from your tent or campground. When at a restaurant ask if they have the traditional “pasta all’aglio e olio” dish, which literally translates to “pasta with garlic and olive oil”. You’ll have you fair bit of garlic just in one go. The dish is a favorite of many Italian: simple, classic, but tasty.
#3 Surround yourself with mint
Just like with garlic, mosquitoes are not a fan of mint: they hate it! Whether your brush your teeth with minty toothpaste, wash yourself with mint fragranced shower gel, get yourself a mint plant on the table, heat some mint essential oils, or eat mints regularly. In whatever way you incorporate mints in your life, mosquitoes will stay away from you.
#4 Stay away from floral fragranced shower gels and perfumes
Some people are more attractive to mosquitoes than others: this is related to genetics. But don’t make yourself even more attractive to mosquitoes by cleaning yourself with floral shower gels, perfumes, deodorants, and colognes. Keep a low profile by using lemon or mint fragranced products and you’ll be good to go.
#5 Use aloe vera cream to chase away the bugs
Aloe vera is great for many reasons, and many people already use it to treat their insect bites. What most people don’t know is that aloe vera cream is also a great way to prevent mosquito bites. Hydrate your body and chase away creepy crawlers: what else do you want?
#6 Avoid alcohol and exercise
When in Tuscany, it’s hard to stay away from a nice bottle of good chianti wine. We’ve got so many great choices, and after all: you’re on a holiday, you should be able to eat and drink whatever you want. Alcohol however raises your metabolic rate and body temperature, making you more attractive to mosquitoes. The same is for exercise, which on top releases lactic acid and makes you sweat: another two reasons for mosquitoes to go and check you out. We suggest you to just make sure to shower regularly now and then to keep your body cool and fresh, and enjoy that glass of wine while you’re in Tuscany. Also don’t be afraid to go out and be active. Like we said Barco Reale is positioned high on top of a hill with little to no still water: our camping is not very mosquito friendly :)
#7 Choose a tent with a screen room
If you love camping, you must invest in a tent with a screen room to keep the bugs out. In this article that covers how to create a family camping starter kit we provide you with some economic and more expensive good quality tent brands that sell tents with and without screen rooms.
If you don’t want to invest in a new tent but feel like you’re missing a screen room you can always opt for the cheaper option of going DIY: buy some inexpensive insect mesh from Amazon for a few dollars and create your own screen room.
#8 Go traditional with bug sprays
Bug sprays: you either love or hate them. We are those kind of people that are more towards the latter. Bug sprays are very effective in chasing bugs and mosquitoes away, but they are often also very aggressive. They completely dry out your skin, and may even harm you on the long run. Researchers are still not 100% sure whether bug sprays with DEET are safe to use. We are better safe than sorry and advise you to not use them.
#9 Light insect repellant candles
Citronella tea lightsare going to be your best friend when camping. Besides them creating a cosy atmosphere on your camping table, they also prevent mosquitoes to come and sneak around to find new victims. You can take them from home or get them in the local supermarket near our camping.