No one wants to share their tent with bugs. If you are one of those people who are very afraid of bug, finding them in your tent could turn your a camping trip into something out of a horror movie. Here are some tips on how to keep bugs out of your tent.
Before you go camping, set up your tent and give it a thorough inspection. Are there any places in the tent that bugs could use to get in—such as small holes or areas that don’t completely zip? If so, repair these areas. Patch any holes you find, no matter how small they are. If you have a zipper that is snagged, try lubricating the zipper to see if it releases.
When it comes time to pitch your tent at your campsite, avoid places that are prone to have bugs, such as near standing water, beneath trees, or around utility light poles.
Don’t eat or drink inside your tent. Smells attract bugs and a lot of bugs love food crumbs. If you have to store food in your tent, that is fine. Just make sure it’s in air tight containers.
Do what you can around your campsite to make it unattractive to bugs. The fewer bugs that gather around your campsite greatly reduces the chances of them going into your tent. Don’t keep bags of trash around your campsite. Either burn it or take it to a dump station. Keep all of your pots, pans, and cooking utensils clean and store your food away in air tight containers. It’s only a given that if you leave a half eaten pan of peach cobbler or BBQ ribs laying on the table, you’ll attract bugs—and maybe even a wild animal or two.
Bugs are attracted to light. Keep all of your camping lanterns away from openings in your tent. If you are taking a flashlight inside your tent, keep it off until you are safely inside your tent and the door is zipped closed behind you. You can use your flashlight in your tent, but know that your tent sides may be covered with insects.
As much as bugs love light, they hate fire. If you want to keep bugs at a distance, keep your campfires going 24/7 when you are camping. Just make sure there is a responsible adult watching it all times. You should never leave a fire burning at your campsite while you go off hiking or swimming.
Take along a good supply of insect repellent and citronella candles. Many people swear by spraying the outside of their tents down with the spray. If you can stand the smell, go for it. Other campers will hang garlic and onions on their tents as it’s believed to keep bugs away.
With a little planning, you can keep bugs out of your tent while camping. If you are very afraid of bugs, taking these steps can make you feel a lot better. While nothing is a guarantee, these steps are sure to cut down the likelihood that you’ll be sharing sleeping quarters with a creepy crawly, or flying, bug.