How to Keep Bugs Out of Tent and Campsite - The 2022 Guide

Tent on grasss

Insects make camping companions miserable. Especially if they spend the night in your tent. When they buzz, do you have trouble falling asleep, or do you know that insects may climb on you... Trapped in your sleeping bag with you? I can't!

Fortunately, there are many ways to prevent insects from approaching your tent at night and making your life unpleasant during your camping trip. With that in mind, here are some great camping tips to keep bugs away at all times.

Outdoors is the natural habitat of insects. Knowing which insects you will encounter and how to stop them will help reduce your chances of finding them in your tent.

Common camping insects that can enter tents:

  • Pesky Mosquitoes
  • Flies
  • Ticks
  • Spiders
  • Ants
  • Bees, wasps, and hornets
  • Fleas

The type of insect you encounter depends on the season and location. Mosquitoes and bees are more active in warm months, while the rest are unaffected by temperature. Spiders are common near trees and ants are everywhere.

How to Keep Bugs Out of Your Tent: A Visual Guide

1. Insect repellents

By far, the most popular and easy-to-use solution is to use natural bug repellents or insect repellent cream for repelling mosquitoes or other insects to protect against any creepy reptiles.

You will find it easy to buy many bottles or face cream in the supermarket, so they are not difficult to buy. This is just a simple example. Spray it before you go out to make these things work.

2. Screen Room and nets

If you need protection while napping, mosquito nets are a good way to prevent uninvited guests from biting insects you at night.

Most tent doors have mesh nets on their doors to prevent them from entering, but you can consider using other nets or fly nets to cover any other gaps in the tent, such as the top roof mesh or any finished side panels.


Campros canopy with dog

3. Citronella candles

Although most scented candles attract insects, candles covered with Citronella oil have the opposite effect.

The smell of these essential oils can disperse insects in the area and allow you to enjoy dinner quietly by the campfire. This is a great natural way to disperse insects and create a quiet atmosphere to enjoy under the night sky.

 Citronella candles

4. Herbs on the fire

When you let the campfire cook dinner for you, throw some herbs on it, such as sage, to drive away any unwanted insects. Due to the smell generated during cooking, the smell of herbs such as sage and mint will prevent mosquito bites, other bug bites, and flies from leaving the source of fire.

The smell can also float on your clothes. When you settle down for the night, it is an effective way to get flies out of your tent.

5. Insect bracelets

Using an insect or mosquito repellent device around young children repel mosquitoes can be risky, so if you take your children out on weekends, using insect bracelets is a good strategy.

It not only avoids the use of annoying chemicals around them, but they can also wear them without distractions, allowing them to play all night without worrying about being bitten.

6. Choosing The Right Location

Choosing your campsite can also have a big impact on the number of insects lurking in your area.

Many insects and their larvae prefer the wet ground, so anywhere near lakes and rivers is not an ideal campsite. Look for dry and high areas to significantly reduce the number of insects that may lurk in your area.

7. Bring the onions and vinegar

Rumors about garlic and onions are true: these odors do protect you from blood sucking creatures. But we're talking about mozzies and ants - not vampires.

The strong acidic background of garlic and onions makes them an excellent natural deterrent, forcing insects to go elsewhere to avoid their strong smell. In addition to dinner, this is a good way to take advantage of these.

8. Coffee Grounds

If you find any wet spots that may be potential breeding grounds for insect larvae, sprinkle coffee grounds in the water to eliminate the chance of insects laying eggs there.

It will immediately kill any larvae or eggs that have been placed there, forcing them to reproduce further, thereby reducing the potential number of insects in your area. It also provides more nitrogen for grass and surrounding plant life, so in the long run, it will help green plants sprout again.

9. Insect Lanterns

Reliable insect remover is always a quick solution to protect yourself after sunset. Carrying a lantern with you will attract the insects to the heat source rather than your body, so as not to be affected by bad luck.

It can provide a pleasant distraction when you sleep, making sure they choose the wrong heat source to mess up when you sleep.

 Insect Lanterns On Table

10. Jar Traps

If you plan to stay in the same place for a few days, you can make a pot trap to lure unsuspecting flies, wasps or other pests. Ideally, these traps will have an unusually sweet smell to lure them into the jar before they are trapped in the solution.

This is a simple technique that can be created with sugar solution or easily purchased according to the creativity you want. It is as effective as a natural bug repellent or mosquito killer, but there is no additional safety risk - it is a good device if young campers are nearby.

11. The Vinegar Bug Sprays

Vinegar is a good portable product. It is not only used for cooking. The strong smell and acidic properties make it a death cry for any insect lurking nearby and make them run anywhere except the spraying site.

If you don't want it to be a natural deterrent, please use it carefully.

12. Dispose of rubbish quickly

One of the biggest attractions of any campsite is the surplus food and garbage. The smell of decay is a haven for flies and mosquitoes to lay eggs and stay for days.

Find a dustbin away from the campsite and quickly dispose of all food to prevent the campsite from becoming a gathering place for deadly enemies.

13. Avoid too much light

When the sun goes down, it's good to have a light source at hand, but it will make you attract the attention of unwelcome guests.

All insects and insects will naturally be attracted by the light source, so please try to keep the light level to the lowest level to avoid unnecessary attention. This makes it easier to enjoy a quiet night without being eaten alive by insects.

14. Sonic sensors

As a more modern deterrent, acoustic sensors are a popular way to keep insects away without the need for any chemicals.

Acoustic pulses disorient the electron receptors used by many flying insects to guide their travel, so placing them nearby will drive them away to prevent confusion. They are also silent, which means you can use them all night without being awakened by constant electric shocks or light sources that remain on.

In Conclusion

There are more than one ways to make your camping experience enjoyable and free!

We offer you many different tips, from choosing the best tent to a camping location. Add a lot of natural mosquito repellents, and you will sleep well without insects disturbing you.

My biggest suggestion is to do some research before camping. Where are you going? What bugs are there in that place? Are there any specific campsites with dustbins? Understanding the terrain of this land has a great impact on its preparation.


With proper preparation, your camping trip will be perfect.