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How to beat the bugs

Fresh air? Check! Sunshine? Check! Mosquitos, horseflies and wasps? Check! Nothing ruins a camping trip faster than discomfort from bug bites.

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STEP 1

Dress appropriately

Choose your outfit wisely to avoid becoming a target. Light coloured clothing is key, since many insects are attracted to dark colours. Long sleeves and pants will also give you extra protection.

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STEP 2

Avoid wearing scents

Choose unscented toiletries, including perfume, hair products or deodorant. The better you smell, the more insects you’ll attract. 

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STEP 3

Use repellent

Use a bug repellent to deter them. If you’re uncomfortable applying repellent to your face, try spraying it inside your hat, or on a bandana that you can wear around your neck or on your head. 

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STEP 4

Put up a screen house

Include a screen house in your camp set-up. They’re easy to pack and versatile, so you can enjoy a leisurely meal or relaxation time without the constant interruption of unwanted visitors.

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STEP 5

Light up repellant candles, lamps, and lanterns

Look for both feature and function with your light sources by choosing ones that specifically repel insects.

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STEP 6

Choose the right tent

Don’t lose sleep because of a buzzy intruder. Look for tents that have No-see-um mesh to keep the bugs outside, where they belong.

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