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Common Hiking Trail Bugs

Many people enjoy spending time in nature, and hiking is a great way to do this. It’s always good to prepare for your hiking trip, and this includes being aware of the bugs commonly seen on trails. Knowing what pests to expect will make it easier to prevent a run-in with them. Check out which bugs you are likely to spot on a hiking trail.


Mosquito on arm

Mosquitoes are a common summer pest notorious for their itchy bites. These pests vary in appearance depending on the species. They thrive when temperatures are warm and are most active at dawn and dusk. Mosquitoes are often found near sources of stagnant water including ponds and lakes. To avoid these pests, you’ll want to cover as much skin as possible when out on the trail. Using a plant-based Natural Insect Repellent can also help to protect against these pests.


Tick on grass

Different tick species can be found throughout the United States. These pests survive by feeding on the blood of a human or animal host. They hide in vegetation and attach themselves to you when you get close. These pests prefer grass or vegetation close to the ground. Anytime you are outdoors, you’ll want to check for ticks and quickly remove any you find. When hiking, do your best to avoid brushing against vegetation where ticks could be hiding.

Stinging Insects

Paper wasp

Stinging insects, like wasps, yellow jackets, and hornets, may interrupt your hike. These insects vary in appearance, but they can all leave you with a painful sting. This usually occurs when they feel threatened. You’ll want to be on the lookout for their nests, which are typically seen in trees, shrubs, and even in the ground. Stinging insects are attracted to sweet and floral fragrances, so avoid using perfumes and scented hygiene products before your hike.  



Flies are another pesky bug that could join you on the trail. Many fly species are attracted to food and trash. If you enjoy a snack while hiking, flies may hang out near you. They are also commonly spotted at campsites. One species of fly is more worrisome than others. Female black flies feed on blood and will cut skin to get to it. Covering your skin and wearing hats with a net can help to prevent bites from these pests.



You may stumble upon a spider or their web while you’re hiking. Though most spider species aren’t dangerous, it’s still best to keep your distance. Spiders like dark areas and hide under wood and rocks. If collecting firewood, be careful when picking up pieces of wood. Before sitting or leaning against something, make sure a spider isn’t there. If you set your backpack down, you’ll want to check for spiders before grabbing it.

Spending time outdoors is always great, but you need to be aware of the bugs you may find. When hitting the trail, take precautionary measures to ensure your hiking trip is as bug-free as possible. If you’re dealing with a pest problem, we want to help! Check out our Maggie’s Farm Simply Effective™ Pest Control products for a more environmentally and family-friendly solution.

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