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5 Tips for a Bug-Free Hiking Trip

If you’re wanting to spend time in nature, a hiking trip is a great option. Anytime you head outdoors, there’s always the chance bugs will show up. This is especially true when out on a trail. Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to minimize your encounters with pests. We’ve made a list of five tips to help keep your hiking trip free of bugs.

1. Wear the Right Clothes

Father and daughter hiking

Wearing the right outfit can make it harder for pests to bug you. You’ll want to cover as much skin as possible. Long-sleeved shirts, pants, and socks are best. Tuck your pants into your hiking shoes. Choose lightweight fabrics to keep you cool and opt for lighter colors. Mosquitoes are more attracted to dark colors, and it will be easier to spot a tick on light-colored clothing. Finish off your outfit with a hat to protect your head.

2. Stick to the Trail

People Hiking on Trail

Though exploring the area may sound like fun, you’ll want to stay on the hiking trail. Keeping to the center of the trail is even better. Ticks live in vegetation and tall grass, waiting for a host to walk near them. If you are in the middle of the trail, they’ll be less exposure to vegetation where pests could be hiding. You’ll also be less likely to stumble upon a stinging insect nest. If you want to be adventurous, try to hike in open, sunny areas with low grass.  

3. Use a Bug Repellent

Natural Insect Repellent

Before heading outdoors, you’ll wan to apply a bug repellent. Our plant-based Natural Insect Repellent helps to protect against mosquitoes, ticks, and flies. It is DEET-free and safe for the whole family when used as directed. After spraying, work it into the skin by hand for maximum protection. Our Natural Insect Repellent can be reapplied every two hours or as needed. 

4. Hike at the Right Time

Mosquito at dusk

The timing of your hiking trip can affect what bugs you will encounter. Mosquitoes are active when temperatures are consistently above 50° F and thrive when temperatures hit 80° F. Ticks can be active in cooler temperatures, so don’t let them trick you on your fall hike. Mosquitoes are most active during dusk and dawn. When possible, you’ll want to avoid hiking at these times. If this isn’t possible, make sure you take the right precautions to protect yourself from these pests.

5. Avoid Strong Fragrances

Spraying perfume

You may need to switch up your hygiene products for your hiking trip. Bugs are attracted to strong fragrances. Mosquitoes are fond of floral scents, while stinging insects like sweet fragrances. These scents remind pests of their food sources. To avoid attracting bugs, don’t wear strongly-scented perfumes, colognes, soap, and other products. Instead, choose unscented hygiene products and sunscreen.

Hiking is a great outdoor activity, and you shouldn’t let bugs keep you from hitting the trail. Plan ahead and implement preventative measures to protect yourself from pests. If you’re dealing with pesky bugs, we have your back! For a more environmentally and family-friendly solution, check out our Maggie’s Farm Simply Effective™ Pest Control products.

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