We all know how annoying those pesky little mosquitoes are. Not only are they a nuisance, but you could be the unlucky victim of one of the many dangerous diseases these mosquitoes carry around.
One flying around you is bad enough, having a group attack you all at once is a nightmare. That is why I have listed five effective devices and repellents to keep them away for good.
Summer is our favorite time to camp but it’s also their most active time of the year.
So with this list, you will be able to enjoy your time without those little vampires trying to suck your blood every couple of minutes.
1. The DynaTrap
This device is best for when you are settled in and works as a defense, especially when you are sleeping. It lures mosquitoes in with a Co2 emission (Co2 is one of the main things that attracts mosquitoes) and traps them in with a fan. So it doesn’t matter if it is daytime or nighttime.
The bugs are attracted to the light but even if it is daytime, the scent is more attractive to them. Once they are in, there is no way out and they will die inside of the device. Hang this somewhere near your camping location and mosquitoes will be a thing of the past!
2. Mosquito Repellent Clothes
This is the most convenient option on this list. With a full set of mosquito repellent clothes, no extra accessories are needed to keep bugs away.
This type of clothing has been designed with insect repellent already inside of the materials. There are also pants and socks available so every part of your body can be covered. Not only do these kinds of clothes repel mosquitoes, but they are also designed to have sun protection.
There is no strange odor or side effects from wearing this type of clothing. Even when you wash it, it will still work as a repellent the next time you wear it!
3. Baby Oil With Aloe Vera
Baby oil wasn’t intentionally made to repel mosquitoes, but it’s a good thing that it does! Baby oil makes it hard for mosquitoes to bite the skin. It also makes it harder for them to breathe around such oils and confuses them.
This means that mosquitoes might fly around you or even land on you, but they won’t ever bite. Mosquitoes look for a thin area of the skin to penetrate.
With baby oil, it makes it significantly harder for them to find that thin spot. It is best to use this option in the evening as direct sunlight can irritate the skin with baby oil.
So give this option a try! Unlike other “essential” oils, this one was actually made to be put on skin.
4. DIY Soap Trap
Another simple way to kill mosquitoes with little effort on your part is to fill a large bowl with water. Mosquitoes love high humidity areas so creating one is a perfect way to attract them. Mosquitoes use water to reproduce so a big bowl of water will be a great bait.
You might ask, why would you want to attract them? Well if you mix some soap into the bowl of water, the mosquitoes will not be able to fly out and they will drown in the bowl. This is a very easy way to attract nearby mosquitoes and kill them before they get to you.
This option can come in handy if you have a source of water near you, because you need a lot of water! Several of these DIY traps can be placed around your campsite as a defense.
5. Lemon Eucalyptus Natural Insect Repellent
This is probably one of the only effective natural repellents that doesn’t have DEET. That’s right! This product has 0% DEET and uses the lemon eucalyptus oil instead.
It has been proven time and time again that this repellent can in fact repel mosquitoes just as good as DEET would. So what are the benefits? You don’t have to worry about skin rashes or applying to much and having bad side effects.
It has been a debate whether DEET really causes harm to the human skin. If you are one of the people who think it does, then this alternative will work well for you!
A couple of ways that you can keep mosquitoes away by yourself is to keep your body temperature down and wear white or light-colored clothing. Having a high body temperature attracts them and allows them to track you down faster than usual. A good habit to start doing is wiping off extra sweat.
Mosquitoes are also attracted to dark-colored clothes, especially black. So if you wear something lighter that is in contrast with the sun, it will make it harder for mosquitoes to find you.