Roasting marshmallows, the smell of campfires, canoeing on the lake, or swimming in the pool. These are some of the wonderful experiences of camping. Then, there are the mosquitoes. These little buggers can make even the most wonderful trip downright annoying. How to keep mosquitoes away while camping with these tricks.
Homemade Mosquito Repellent
Instead of dumping out your leftover morning coffee, pour it into a spray bottle after it has cooled. Mosquitoes hate the smell of coffee so spray it on any outdoor surface as a deterrent. Not a coffee drinker? Then simmer a dozen garlic cloves in two cups of water and spray this solution instead.
If you hate the smell of bug spray or are concerned about all the chemicals seeping into your skin, make your own natural bug repellent. Combine 1 teaspoon of lemongrass, 1 teaspoon of eucalyptus, and 4 ounces of witch hazel. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle. Keep the solution handy, though, because to keep the bugs at bay you will have to spray it on your skin every 15 minutes.
Mosquitoes also hate the smell of lavender. Combine 30 drops of lavender essential oil with two tablespoons of vegetable oil and rub it onto your skin for another homemade repellent.
Watch What You Eat
Garlic is a natural bug deterrent. If you’re planning on spending the night around the campfire and want to focus on singing Kumbaya rather than swatting at the mosquitoes, try eating a lot of garlic for dinner. The garlic oil will be released from your pores. The bugs will be able to smell it on you and keep their distance. Of course, everyone else might too.
Spice Up Your Barbecue
It is so difficult to enjoy a good barbecue when the mosquitoes are biting. Keep them away by throwing some rosemary on your meat or on the hot coals if you’re going for a different flavor. The rosemary will repel the mosquitoes and add great flavor to your food!
Create Your Own Breeze
Plug a fan into an outdoor outlet on your RV (parked at a place such as Longriders RV Park) and blow the mosquitoes away. This has the added benefit of keeping you cool on a hot summer’s night.
Cover the Water
Standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes. If you plan on staying at the campground for an extended period of time, bring along some extra coffee grounds or sand. Look around your site for any small pools of water and fill them in with sand or coffee grounds. This can help limit the mosquito population around your campsite.
Bring Out the Citronella
Citronella is a tried and true method for deterring mosquitoes. You can make your own citronella candles using aluminum cans, wax, and citronella oil. Put the candles in a visible plastic container so that people will not accidentally knock them over. Then place the candles around the border of your campsite to create a mosquito proof barrier.
Set a Trap
Mosquitoes are naturally attracted to the carbon dioxide we breathe out so you can use this attraction to lure them into a trap.
- Dissolve a cup of sugar into boiling water then add 2 cups of cold water.
- When the temperature cools to 90 degrees Fahrenheit, add 1 teaspoon of yeast.
- Cut a 2-liter soda bottle below the neck.
- Invert the top piece and place it inside the bottom part of the bottle.
- Pour the sugar syrup into the bottle.
- Tape the two parts of the bottle together and wrap the black paper around the bottle to create a dark environment for the mosquitoes.
As the yeast ferments the sugar, it will release carbon dioxide, luring mosquitoes into the sticky trap.
When packing your RV for your camping trip, remember to pack the supplies you need to keep the mosquitoes away. Use the tips suggested here and you can cut out the swatting and the itching from your vacation and focus on the marshmallow roasting and leisurely campground activities. Enjoy your mosquito free camping experience!