Tips for Pest Management during Your Summer Camping Trips

Camping in the great outdoors is one of the many joys of the warmer seasons. Full of the smoky smell of campfires, fresh air, a little bit of dirt, and a lot of fun, camping trips are synonymous with summer fun. They’re a chance to get out of the city, get away from the constant pull of technology, shut off the television, and slow down for a bit. Fishing, hiking, and moving around can do wonders for one’s peace of mind and can help remove the constant stress and bustle of everyday life.


Yet getting out in nature comes with all that nature offers—and this includes mosquitoes, spiders, and a multitude of other creepy crawlies that make the outdoors their home. But that doesn’t mean your camping trip has to be spoiled by bug bites and flying insects. With a few tips, you can keep your campsite pest-free and ensure that the only thing landing your skin is the sweet touch of summer sunshine.

Citronella Candles

Citronella is an age-old solution to keeping the camping critters at bay. Citronella is a natural insect repellent. Purchase citronella-infused candles or even make your own. Just a few candles around the campsite can help keep it clear of bugs.

DIY Bug Spray

DIY bug spray is a great and cheap way to keep down the bugs. Although there are many recipes to choose from, with some witch hazel, Listerine, apple cider vinegar, and a scented oil of your choosing, you can make a quick concoction that will clear your campsite. Although the odor is strong, it is well worth it in the end!


Sage is an easy way to get the bugs out. Burn a stick of sage (light the end and let it smolder in a safe place) or use it as a fire starter to help banish annoying bugs. Along with a natural and pleasant bug-eradicating smell, sage is eco-friendly and cheap to boot. Find your sage from a sustainable harvested source to protect this native Californian plant.

Lemon Balm

Another natural remedy is lemon balm. This can be rubbed on the skin to help repel bugs, especially mosquitoes. Lemon balm can often be found in health food stores or even in the wild if you know what to look for. Another benefit to lemon balm is its sweet, refreshing smell that is also touted as a remedy for nerves.

Garlic Capsules

Vampires aren’t the only ones that veer away from garlic. Taking a garlic capsule can help keep the bugs from biting as well. Although not often pungent enough for humans to smell, garlic will seep through your pores and act as a natural repellent.

Clean Up

Just like in your home, keeping food cleaned up can help prevent campsite infestations. Along with bugs, keeping the remainders of last night’s marshmallow roast up off the ground will help keep other woodland creatures from invading your space. Keep food, drinks, and especially sugary substances in sealed containers and out of reach of animals to keep you and your camping cohorts safe and comfortable.

Screen Rooms

If the bugs are really bad these solutions just won’t keep them away, consider a screen room. These tents are designed to protect you from the bugs while allowing you to enjoy the outdoors. A screen room is basically a tent with screen walls. The bugs stay away and you can still hang out outside.

Any one of these tips, or multiple remedies used in conjunction, can help you stop swatting at pests and instead spend your time enjoying the more pleasant aspects of the great outdoors. Enjoy!