Along with camping comes the occasional bug, whether it be mosquitoes, ticks, bees, gnats, etc. It’s the less fun part of the great outdoors.
However, you can control how much the bugs love you, or even if they’re around the area you’ve chosen to set up your tent or RV. Here are some tips:
- Flying insects such as mosquitoes and gnats, even other bugs, like to hang around areas where there is standing water. Puddles, lakes, creeks … avoid these areas and avoid the bugs.
- Along those same lines, avoid areas where the grass is tall. Insects tend to lurk in these areas.
- Don’t leave any food, especially sweet items, laying around your campsite. Bugs and insects are of course drawn to crumbs and sweet bits of food. Be especially careful with soft drink cans and bees. Bees are drawn to sweet soft drink cans. I’ve known many people with bee stings on their lip because they took a drink without checking for bees. Ouch!
- Insects are drawn to bright colors so wear subdued clothing. Also, cover up as much of your skin as you can.
- Bugs are also drawn to fragrances so be careful with perfumes, colognes and deodorants. Choose fragrance free options when you can.
- You can also try spraying bug repellent around the perimeter of your campsite. Apply repellent to exposed areas of skin; avoiding the eyes, hands and any open sores.
- Our little bug friends are drawn to light so avoid hanging lanterns and lights near where you’ll be sitting or sleeping.
- If your four-legged friends are along, make sure they’ve been flea and tick treated with a product such as Frontline.
- Build a campfire. Insects aren’t fond of smoke.
- Many bugs don’t like citrus or coconut. Use lotions or soaps that have coconut oil or citrus to keep bugs at bay.
Here at Lake Rudolph we do spray for the little pests that can make your stay unpleasant. With that in mind, we obviously don’t get all of them so here’s what to do should you get bitten.
- If you do get bitten or stung, you can reduce swelling with ice.
- If you’re itchy, you can use some calamine lotion or hydro-cortisone cream. These supplies should always be in your first-aid kit.
- Ticks are dangerous and can carry diseases such as Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Lyme disease. It’s a good idea to check your body periodically for ticks. Should you find a tick, remove it immediately and watch the area closely.
- Fevers, rashes or infections should be reported to your doctor right away.
- A great sting remedy that’s always worked well for me is to mix a little white vinegar with baking soda and make a thick paste. Apply the paste to the sting to ease the itchiness, swelling, and discomfort.
Hope these tips make your outdoor stay a little more pleasant!
Now that camping season has started we have a friendly (like we’d ever be unfriendly…) reminder for you about a nasty little bugger that can ruin a camping trip. And a forest.
The little bugger I’m referring to is the Emerald Ash Borer. Please take the time to read a bit about this varmint. These beetles feed on ash trees and can kill branches and entire trees.
We have a firewood policy to help contain the spread of these beetles. If you are from quarantined counties you may not bring your own firewood into Lake Rudolph. You can learn more on our website. Here’s a mug shot so you recognize the culprit … 🙂
Spring isn’t too far away and it’s time to shake out the cobwebs and break out your camping gear! Let’s share tips on getting your gear ready for the upcoming camping season.
Your camping gear has been stored for a while and it’s good to check everything over to make sure it’s in tip top shape before heading out to your favorite campground. The same goes for your RV … a routine maintenance check is a must.
Spring Camping Cleaning Tips:
1. Give your tent the once over. Make sure it doesn’t have any holes. Check it over for mold or mildew. Check the zippers and look over all the seams to make sure they don’t need to be re-sealed.
2. Fire up the stove. Make sure it is still working and give it a good cleaning; even if you cleaned it well before putting it in storage. If you didn’t clean it thoroughly before putting it in storage that’s something you should consider doing at the end of this season.
3. Survey the sleeping bags. Break ’em out and check them over for any smells, mold or mildew, etc. Look carefully to make sure there are no rips or tears and check that the zippers work. Give them a good washing.
4. First Aid. Make sure all the supplies are up to date for your First Aid kit. Check that nothing needs to be replaced or replenished.
5. RV & Vehicle Maintenance. It’s a must to have your RV serviced and checked by a professional before heading out on the open road. You’ll also want to re-check all fluids, tire pressure, battery, filters, spark plugs, etc. before you head out; especially if you had it serviced earlier in the season. The same goes for your vehicle if you’re taking one. Have it checked over as well. Don’t forget to also check the interior of your RV, for insects or deterioration and damage.