There are few things that can ruin a camping trip like mosquitoes. Those blood-sucking, buzzing pests can make it impossible to relax and enjoy nature. So what can you do about them? Luckily, there are plenty of ways to protect yourself from mosquitoes when you're camping. From finding the right spot for your tent to covering up with clothes, there's something for every situation. I'll even teach you a little bit about mosquito biology so you know what makes them tick—and how to stop them from ticking all over your body!
A camping tent is probably going to be your sanctuary in the woods. Of course, you'll want it as far away from mosquitoes as possible. Mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors and carbon dioxide, so if you don't want them inside your tent when you sleep, make sure your tent doesn't have those characteristics. Most tents come with a rainfly that provides shade and keeps out moisture—and, therefore, mosquitoes! If there's no rainfly, keep an eye on the moisture level of your sleeping bag and mattress.
Also worth noting: which direction does your tent face? Mosquitoes tend to fly upwind during their search for a meal (you). So if possible, try putting yourself in between two trees or some other structure that will block the wind and create a barrier against these insects while keeping any flying ones at bay too!
Removing your campsite's brush, debris, and other water sources will help reduce mosquito populations. If there are standing water pools within 100 feet of your tent, drain them immediately. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in stagnant water that is often hidden from view by vegetation or debris.
Mosquitoes prefer to lay their eggs in calm bodies of water that are not moving too quickly or shallow enough for fish to survive (they need a depth greater than six inches). These can be found anywhere on campgrounds: ponds by cabins; puddles at picnic tables; drainage ditches where rainwater accumulates; even potholes formed during heavy rains can hold enough water to support mosquito larvae growth!
Mosquitoes are attracted to the heat and carbon dioxide (CO2) we emit when we breathe, so wearing long sleeves and pants can help you stay cool. In addition, light-colored clothing keeps the sun off your skin, which helps you feel less hot. If it's too hot outside for long sleeves or pants, wear a hat to keep the sun off your face as well. And if mosquitoes are still finding their way under your clothes to bite you, try wearing long socks on top of those pants!
We understand that camping is supposed to be fun, and you shouldn't have to spend your whole trip hiding from bugs. But with vigilance, some planning ahead of time, and a few easy steps while you're out in the woods, you can keep mosquitoes from ruining your vacation.