Camping trips are filled with fun activities like hiking and sitting around the campfire. Unfortunately, several pests have a habit of interrupting the fun. Before heading out into nature, you’ll want to know how to keep your family safe from these pests. Check out a few tips for keeping bugs away during your next camping trip.Common Pest Problems While CampingThe woods are filled with many creatures, and bugs are no exception. Here are some of the most common pests you may run into while camping.MosquitoesTicksFliesStinging insectsSpidersAntsHow to Keep Bugs Away While CampingKeeping these pests out of your campsite requires a little bit of planning. Here are a few things you can do to help keep your camping trip pest-free.Choose Your Campsite CarefullyChoosing the right campsite can help reduce your chances of dealing with bugs. Look for areas that are high and dry. Avoid setting up camp near standing water since mosquitoes breed in these areas. Sunny locations will help ensure your site dries quickly after rainfall.Keep Your Campsite CleanA messy campsite is sure to attract bugs. Store food in containers with an airtight seal. Wipe down the table when you first arrive and after every meal. You also don’t want to let dirty dishes sit after eating. Dispose of food carefully and make sure trash is never left uncovered. Ants and flies will be less likely to invade your space if they can’t find food.Keep Your Tent ShutIt sounds simple, but zipping up your tent can help keep bugs away. Anytime you enter or exit your tent, make sure to close it behind you. You’ll also want to do a check for pests, like ticks, before going inside. The last thing you want is to bring a bug in with you.Start a CampfireNot only are campfires a camping essential, they can also naturally repel pests. Bugs, like mosquitoes, don’t like smoke. While you enjoy telling stories around the fire, you can relax knowing bugs will be trying to avoid the area.Cover Your SkinOne of the best ways to avoid bug bites is to wear long sleeves and pants. This can be tricky on warmer days, but there are lightweight options available. You’ll also want to go with light-colored clothing. Mosquitoes are attracted to darker colors and you’ll be able to easily check for ticks.Stick to the PathThere’s a good chance you’ll want to go on a hike. Being adventurous can be fun, but sticking to a marked path can help you avoid bugs. Ticks like tall grass, so try to stay clear of these areas when hiking.Regularly Check for TicksThroughout the day, spend a few minutes checking for these blood-suckers. If you take your furry family members along for the fun, you’ll want to examine them too. Make sure you bring along a first aid kit with tweezers just in case you have to remove a tick.Choose Fragrant-Free Hygiene Products Some of your favorite fragrances, especially sweet and floral scents, can attract bugs. While outside, you’ll want to use hygiene products that are scent-free. This will make it harder for pests, like mosquitoes and stinging insects, to track you down.Use a Natural Bug SprayWhile there are scents bugs love, there are also those that they would prefer to avoid. Some plants have fragrances that naturally repel pests. That’s why our Maggie’s Farm Simply Effective™ Natural Insect Repellent contains natural plant essential oils. It repels mosquitoes, ticks, and flies while also being more environmentally and family-friendly.Whenever you spend time outside, there’s always a chance you’ll meet a pesky bug. That doesn’t mean you have to let it ruin your fun. Taking a few preventative measures can help keep your camping trip bug-free. If pests are giving you a fit, we have your back! Check out our Maggie’s Farm Simply Effective Control products.