Last updated and verified on February 24th, 2023
Which animal causes the most deaths of any animal species on the planet? The mosquito. While small in size the blood-sucking insects carry a range of diseases that can be transmitted to humans. This is why it’s a great idea to keep them out from your camp site. It’s good to know that you can create an effective barrier to keep them away by setting up the campfire and here’s how to do it.
In the first place, it’s essential to know that smoke is an effective insect repellent. The majority of insects, including mosquitoes, avoid smoke, and so fires in a campfire works quite well in this regard. It isn’t necessary to be in the same place where it is burning. Instead, be around an open flame to prevent bugs and mosquitoes away.
Burn Citronella Leaves
If you’re really looking to boost the effectiveness of the pest repellent at your campsite, you can try lighting some citronella leaves. You’ve probably seen (or used) citronella candles before. They’re a well-known type of outdoor candle because of their insect repellent qualities. The tropical plant contains natural oils that, when burnt transform into a bug repellent. It’s also the best part, it’s safe to use, meaning you don’t need to worry about harmful or toxic chemicals.
Create More Smoke
We don’t love it but if you don’t have any citronella available it is possible to increase your smoke created by your campfire to increase its insect repellent qualities. The addition of more the pine straw around your fire for example, will cause it generate more smoke which increases the ability of it to keep insects at bay.
Choose Dry Campsites
If possible, pick a dry spot that has no standing water. Mosquitoes thrive in humid environments even a tiny standing pool of water could increase their population rapidly. Check to make sure the surrounding area and the land is dry prior to setting up your tent.
If you do follow these suggestions, you could be unable to keep all mosquitoes out of your campsite. They are a normal part of camping, but it’s virtually impossible to stay clear of the problem completely. But these suggestions will certainly assist in reducing the number of mosquitoes as well as other insects that you and other campers come across.