Five Camping Hacks to Keep Bugs Away This Summer

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Camping Hacks for a Bug-Free Camping Trip

It takes a lot of time and effort to prepare a camping trip. From buying all of the food to reserving your camping site and planning activities, a lot of work is put into making sure your camping trip goes off without a hitch. What you may not think to plan for, however, is the arrival of mosquitoes, ticks, flies and other pesky insects that can turn any perfectly-prepared camping trip into a nightmare. Fortunately, there are some camping hacks that you can implement to save the day while you’re on your camping adventure. Read on to learn more about our camping hacks for a bug-free camping trip.

Choose High Ground

This isn’t necessarily the first thing that comes to mind when deciding on a campsite location, but a higher elevation could help to keep mosquitoes from ruining your camping trip and might be one of the most important camping hacks you’ll want to keep in mind. Since mosquitoes lay their eggs in areas with standing water, a higher elevation means it will likely be dryer and with fewer mosquitoes flying around.

Be Scentless

Bugs are drawn to the smell of our deodorants, perfumes, colognes, lotions, shampoo and many other scented products that we use on a day-to-day basis. Your best bet while you’re out in nature is to try to blend in with the environment as much as possible by using unscented products. Avoid applying lotions, perfumes and colognes while you’re camping.

Go Tropical

The smell of coconut often reminds us of a tropical paradise that you might want to take with you while you’re camping. If you can’t be scentless or need a little bit of an appealing scent to feel clean, opt for coconut-scented products. While this is the staple scent of summer, it is also effective in keeping bugs away. You can also use coconut oil if you do not have other coconut-scented products.

Light a Fire

Although bugs are drawn to light, they do not like campfires. If you’re hanging around your campsite during the day or evening, light a campfire to help keep bugs at bay, just be sure it is not left unattended. You can even throw some herbs into the fire to act as natural bug repellants. Sage and rosemary, for example, are great for repelling mosquitoes. Not only will bugs steer clear of your area, your campsite will smell nice too.


DEET is an ingredient in many insect repellants and is one of the most effective ways to repel mosquitoes and other pesky insects. Insects locate people by chemicals that we release into the air from our skin and from breathing. DEET works by interfering with the insects’ receptors so they are unable to detect the chemicals, such as carbon dioxide, that they use to track us. Before you embark on your camping adventure, be sure to pack an insect repellant that contains DEET.

NET effect is Your Camping Solution

NET effect is a breakthrough roll-on insect repellent that contains DEET and is effective in repelling mosquitoes, ticks, chiggers, fleas, biting flies, no-see-ums and gnats. Our repellant comes in a unique no-mess applicator that is safe for the whole family. No longer do you have to cringe and hold your breath when applying insect repellant, as you would with aerosol repellants. With NET effect, you’re in control of how much you apply and where you apply it. In addition to the above camping hacks, be sure to stock up on NET effect before your next camping trip. You can purchase NET effect by visiting the “Shop” page on our website.