Woman spraying boy with bug spray
Keep Bugs Away From Your Campsite With These Kitchen Staples
For the environmentally friendly, health-conscious camper who doesn't like the harsh chemicals in bug sprays, there are several natural alternatives to keep bugs at bay.
Coffee grounds can be very effective at keeping bugs away, as their strong aroma is generally disliked by bugs, making them an excellent natural repellent.
Coffee Grounds
Insects are attracted to the carbon dioxide we exhale, and the smell of coffee can mask that scent. Sprinkling used coffee grounds around your campsite can also repel insects.
Burnt coffee creates an even stronger scent that bugs will avoid at all costs. However, this pungent smell can be an attractor for wildlife, including bears, so be cautious.
Onions and garlic are also natural insect repellents, as they have a sulfur component that repels insects. Simply use them in your campfire cooking to deter bugs.
Onions & Garlic
In addition to repelling insects, onions can help soothe insect bites. If you get bitten, try rubbing a slice of onion on the affected area to relieve itching and inflammation.
Like coffee grounds, you can create a natural spray by combining onion, garlic, and water. Spritz the mixture around your campsite for added protection against bugs.
To keep ants at bay, try using vinegar. The strong acidity of vinegar disrupts their scent trails and makes it difficult for them to navigate toward your food or campsite.
Vinegar & Citrus
Mix equal parts water and white vinegar, or apple cider vinegar for a stronger solution, and spritz or wipe down the areas where you want to keep ants away.
Peeling citrus fruits like lemons or oranges and placing them around your campsite can also create a strong scent that repels mosquitos, horseflies, ants, and other insects.