How To Repel Mosquitoes While Camping?

There is a lot of fun outdoors. However, your enjoyment could be interfered with by all manner of bugs. Mosquitoes are the most annoying of them all, don’t you agree? How to repel mosquitoes while camping?

avoid mosquitoes while camping

You can deal with these insects quickly if you know some tricks. I tried different solutions so read on and have a nice outdoor trip without them as they don’t belong to your party.

How do mosquitos spread diseases?

Mosquito bites aren’t only painful but could also get you a disease. These little devils fly from one host to another and suck blood.

They could transmit illness from one person to the next. Malaria, yellow fever, and West Nile virus are just some of them.

Avoid the possibility of getting bitten and keep them away from you when you are enjoying the outdoors. I am sharing useful tips on how to do that in the next lines.


Natural mosquito repellent for camping

Here you have three simple and natural ways to have an outdoor trip without these annoying insects.

1. What can you burn to get rid of mosquitos?

These flying bloodsuckers hate the smell of sage and it is a great trick to repel them. Throw some sage leaves into a campfire and allow the smoke to fill up the area.

Sage has a refreshing smell and it will make the air around you pleasant. This is another reason to burn it in your campfire. The smell of sage will linger on your clothes and skin and act as a natural bug repellent.

2. Mint is a natural bug repellent

Mint is another natural repellent that you can opt for to keep these flying insects away. They hate its smell. This way, they won’t come near you if you have some mint around you.

You can have the mint growing in a pot or you can chew some mint gum. The intention is to have the smell of mint around you and all these options will help you accomplish that. You can also choose to brush your teeth with mint toothpaste.

mint leaf repplent

Alternatively, you can put some mint mouthwash in a spray bottle and spray some of it around your campsite.

3. Light a mosquito candle

These insects hate smoke and lighting a candle is a temporary solution that will help you repel them for a while. You can get a tiki torch that you can set up close to your tent to keep them away.

Alternatively, you can get a citronella candle that emits a vapor into the air that repels them. This candle isn’t ideal for their mass repulsion but it will keep your personal area bug-free.

mosquito candle

Mosquito repellent outdoor techniques

Consider next 9 smart tips to avoid these insects when being in nature.

1. Use a mosquito bug spray

This is one of the most common methods that you can use. Bug spray contains chemical treatments that these animals can’t tolerate.

There are mosquito repellent creams that function just as bug sprays which you can get if you are not a fan of sprays.

If these sprays irritate your skin you should avoid them. The spray could also get into your eyes or mouth when you don’t apply the repellent properly so take a look at my other methods below.

2. Use a bug repellent bracelet

If you are irritated by bug repellent spray, then consider a bug repellent bracelet as a way of keeping them away from you. The bracelet emits treated vapors that repel them.

bug repellent bracelet

You don’t have to wear the bracelet if you don’t feel like. You can hang it in the tent and it will still protect you.

3. Destroy their breeding ground

This is another great method that will help you deal with mosquitoes at your campsite.

They breed in still waters so you should find any stagnant water near your camp place and get rid of it or find a better tent pitching location.

If there is a bucket of water that hasn’t been used for a while, get rid of it as it could provide the perfect setting for them to lay their eggs.

Do the same for the pools of water in your campsite, rain gutters, and downspouts.

4. Avoid perfumes

avoid scents

These insects are attracted to scents such as perfume. Not wearing them is, therefore, a great way of making sure that they don’t disturb you. Instead, use unscented deodorants after washing up and keep a low profile.

Shower with the degradable soap that has no smell and wear fresh clothes. If you sweat a lot opt for a deodorant that is made of natural ingredients and has no smell.

5. Get a mosquito repellent device

The market also offers mosquito repellent devices that release an odor that insects hate.

You can choose among DEET-free, portable, durable, compact, and rechargeable devices that you can use inside the tent or at the tent’s porch. Have a bug-free zone and try one of the mosquito devices.

6. Use natural scents

Fortunately, you can use some natural scents on your clothes and tent to keep them away. Keep mosquitoes away from bogging you with:

  • Citronella
  • Lemongrass
  • Peppermint
  • Cedar
  • Eucalyptus
  • Garlic
  • Lavender
  • Marigolds
  • Basil

Use these natural ingredients in a form of essentials oil, candles or just plant the flowers that repel them around the camping place.

In case of garlic, slice it and throw them around your tent or where you don’t want them.

7. Get a tent with mosquito mesh

Most of the camping tents have mesh, not just to increase ventilation but also to prevent insects from coming inside.

Three-season tents are known to have a lot of mesh on the roof, doors, and windows. This means you can have mesh doors closed for good airflow and to stop the bugs from bothering you.

If you have an older tent check it out so it doesn’t have any holes or tears so animals can get in. I suggest that you set it up in the backyard and camp in the evening to see if those annoying creatures can get in.

If there is a tear in the fabric repair it and make sure you will have a bug-free camping experience.

No-see-um mesh

Mesh material has so little holes in the fabric that no bugs and mosquitos can enter the shelter.

You will see that some manufacturers included no-see-um mesh to the tent. This one prevents small insects like gnats, small mosquitoes, and no see um’s from getting inside.

A hammock tent with mosquito mesh

You can also choose a hammock tent that has a mosquito mesh. This outdoor equipment is appropriate to use for an individual who wants to have mosquito-free camping.

camping hammock with mosquito net

8. What to wear to protect from mosquitoes?

Long sleeves and pants are great to stop them from biting you. They love the heat and when you will be camping at warm temperatures you can expect them to come.

Insect repellent fabrics

Since camping in long sleeves and pants in summer can be torture, you can opt for lightweight, loose-fitting gourmets. Did you know that you have clothes that have insect repellent inside the fabric?

These clothes are treated with the insecticide permethrin. It is a synthetic version of a chemical that is produced naturally by the chrysanthemum flower. If you want to try them look for the Insect Shield and Burlington brand.

9. Start a campfire

Mosquitoes can be annoying in the evening as well as throughout the day so the best thing to do is to set a campfire.

start a camping fire outdoors

They don’t like the smoke so a campfire is a perfect way to stay warm, cook a meal and stay protected from these blood-sucking insects.

Do you want more smoke? Put some wet wood logs on or wet leaves and little vampires won’t have a chance.


There are a lot of flying bloodsuckers out there and they will attack if you go camping without the right protection.

If you think that their bites are not harmful, guess again. They can transmit disease and if you are bitten by an infected insect you can catch a disease.

Stay safe and use my tricks to repel mosquitoes while camping so you will have a relaxing outdoor trip.

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