So you’re going camping and want to learn how to repel those nasty mosquitoes? No problem! Here a few different methods I found that will help you out.
- Cover up open skin by wearing long-sleeved clothing
- Try using mosquito netting
- Light a smoky campfire
- Use a mosquito trap
- Don’t camp near large bodies of water
- Use natural repellents such as plants
- Burn citronella leaves
- Rub crushed catnip leaves on your skin
- Toss some garlic cloves around your camp
- Try our recipes for natural mosquito repellents
I’ve come up with tons of more methods on getting rid of mosquitoes. I’ll also be going into exact detail about the recipes passed down from my family. Avoiding mosquitoes is so important, yet so little know how to do it.
Methods to Repel Mosquitoes While Camping
Though we assure great success from our natural ways to repel mosquitoes which you can read more about below, let’s look into some ways that we can optimize our defenses a bit more.
All these methods do not involve any sort of bug spray and are all methods that you can start implementing today with the help of some tools so that you can be one hundred percent mosquito and insect-proof when camping.
1. Wear long-sleeved clothes
By far, this is probably the best tip anyone could ever give you if you wanted to repel mosquitoes in the wild or while camping.
Mosquitoes simply can’t bite you, and once they realize that there’s nothing but pieces of fabric everywhere, they’ll simply leave!
Make sure to always gear up and pack some long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and of course a good pair of boots so that those nasty bugs can’t reach you.
Even with all this protection, however, your face and hands may still be vulnerable, so let’s look into what else we can do to repel mosquitoes in the wild.
2. Set up mosquito nets
I’m in love with mosquito nets and I take them absolutely everywhere I go, and they work excellent.
I just cover my tent with my net and still get to experience the wonderful breeze, view, and atmosphere, but without those nasty mosquitoes trying to bite me.
My personal favorite is the MEKKAPRO Ultra Large Mosquito Net as it is super easy to set up and is quite large, leaving you with tons of space.
Most importantly, however, some of these other mosquito nets are simply made of low-quality materials, so the nasty bugs can still get through, whereas with this net the number of mosquitoes or insects getting in will be zilch.
It works great, and I’ve yet to make any complaints about it, so I’ll keep you guys posted, but for now, this is my personal favorite.
3. Light a campfire
You may think that mosquitoes are attracted to light, however, recent studies have proved that mosquitoes are not attracted to light at all.
Lighting a campfire is actually very beneficial in repelling mosquitoes in the wild because of the smoke it produces.
Mosquitoes hate smoke, so your campfire will be a good defense mechanism to consider when wanting to get rid of mosquitoes and other insects.
The more smoke the better, and if you want to get more smoke coming from your campfire, simply do the opposite of what I talked about in my article on campfire smoke.
4. Set up a mosquito trap
I don’t really utilize this method myself, however, I definitely will start doing so as most of my friends use mosquito traps whenever we go camping and it works quite well.
They’re pretty easy to set up and work great in killing not only mosquitoes but other insects as well.
The exact mosquito trap that most of my friends use is the DynaTrap Outdoor Insect Trap, however, ultimately I believe that you don’t really need one of these if you follow at least some of the methods we’ve listed above, and a few of the ones we are yet to list below.
5. Set up basecamp away from large pools of water
Lakes, streams, ponds, and puddles are the perfect location to be in if you want to attract a load of mosquitoes to you.
We highly recommend setting up camp away from pools of water such as the ones listed above, as mosquitoes naturally stick around those areas and will be a huge problem if your camp is in or near one of those places.
Trust your natural camper instinct and take the high ground so that you can be away from these darn bugs.
If you really insist on being in one of those places, then we highly suggest reading down below to see some natural ways you can repel mosquitoes even in those areas.
How to Naturally Repel Mosquitoes with Plants
If you’re already out in the wild and forgot to pack the necessary gear to protect yourself from mosquitoes, fear no more, for we are here to help.
Read below to see a list of plants that you can easily locate in the outdoors, which can naturally repel mosquitoes in the wild if you use them properly as we are about to show you.
Making Your Own Natural Mosquito Repellent
Now that we know which plants work well in keeping away mosquitoes in the wild, it’s time to explore these plants and their abilities a bit more thoroughly.
Some of these recipes that I will talk about below may be unfamiliar to you, however, that is because they are fully authentic and come directly from my grandmother’s recipe book.
As an herbalist, she knows a great deal about plants and herbs as well as their abilities.
Below, I’ve compiled a list of recipes for natural mosquito repellents that I have tested out and seen the most success from.
1. Grandma’s special vodka mosquito repellent
Out of all of them, this one by far is my favorite as it is the easiest to prepare and also works for up to 4 to 6 hours with no problems at all.
If you’re short on vodka, you can also use witch hazel, rubbing alcohol, or even cooking oils and you will still get a similar result.
Once you’ve added all the ingredients, just stir it all very well until you can see everything has been blended with minimal floating bits of oil.
The color should usually resemble a very thin gravy.
Voila! You’re done! I like to pour mine into empty bottles of air freshener so that it is nice and easy to spray it on myself, however, you can use anything you’d like.
2. Jumbo jumble mosquito repellent
This is quite the mix, hence where the name comes from, however, I’d say this is slightly better than number one, but I decided to rank it a little lower due to the number of things necessary to make this mosquito repellent.
Once you’ve poured it in the bottle, it’s extremely important to shake it up well before each use or the effects might not last as long.
For this natural mosquito repellent, in particular, I’d say it lasts around 6 to 8 hours after you spray it on yourself, however, if you start to notice some mosquitoes headed your way earlier than that, simply shake it well and spray yourself again.
3. Beer mint fantasy mix mosquito repellent
Before we list the ingredients, I just want to clarify that you should not spray this on yourself. I’ll explain more as to why below.
Don’t outdo yourself here, you won’t be spraying this on yourself, so just get the cheapest kind available of each ingredient.
One thing to note, however, is that you should use a strainer to put the Epsom salt and mouthwash mixture into a spray bottle in order to make sure that the salt does not block the sprayer.
Anyways, what you want to do with this mixture after you’ve made it and shaken it up, is to store it in a bottle and spray it around the area where you will be camping.
It’ll make everything around you smell really nice, and not only help you to repel the nearby mosquitoes, but also lots of other insects you may find in the wild such as fruit flies, bugs, and more.
Be prepared, though, as all these ingredients equate to around 1 gallon of amazing mosquito repellent solution!
4. Rubbing alcohol mosquito repellent
If you’re out in the wild and are just looking to quickly set up a defense mechanism that can repel mosquitoes this is your go-to repellent.
It’s made with ingredients that you most likely carry with you wherever you go, and it works amazing.
Just pour all the ingredients in your spray bottle, shake it up, and you’re ready to go.
An additional benefit to this repellent is that when you apply it onto yourself, it can also help you soothe current bug or mosquito bites that you may already have.
5. Ultra effective mosquito and insect repellent
Not only will this natural mosquito repellent help you keep the mosquitoes at bay, but it will also help you repel many other insects you may encounter in the wild as well.
These ingredients are perfectly selected, and after you pour the entire mix into your spray bottle and shake it up, you can be sure that all those nasty bugs will be far from you for the next few hours.
Personally, I like to reapply this onto my skin every two or three hours as I really enjoy the smell when it’s freshly sprayed, but the repellent will remain effective for longer than that.
Natural Repellents vs Purchasable Repellents
It’s quite a large debate, however, if you were to ask me, I’d pick the natural mosquito repellent option any day.
As I said before, my grandmother was an herbalist, so the recipes that I included above were all passed down from her, and I can assure you that they are the best natural mosquito repellents you can ever make.
I’ve never really needed to use purchasable mosquito repellents as the natural ones have always worked fine for me.
Besides, why would you?
Purchasable mosquito repellents come with lots of dangers due to all of the chemicals that are put in them, so I’d rather just stay safe and stick with the natural methods.
You decide, though just test out the recipes I’ve included above, and maybe test out some purchasable mosquito repellents and leave a comment below as to which worked better, but I can already guarantee you will prefer the natural ones, especially after trying our recipes.