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From the Campsite to the Hiking Trail

May 23, 2024

Stay Safe from Ticks and Mosquitoes!

Summer is almost here, and for many of us that means hiking and camping season! While you can't take Mosquito Hero with you to the campsite, there are a few simple things you can do to keep mosquitoes and ticks at bay during your outdoor getaway.

Packing for a camping trip

The Packing List

The best mosquito and tick prevention begins before you hit the trail! With a little bit of forethought, your packing list will include all the mosquito and tick preventing essentials, such as:

  • Effective mosquito and tick repellent: bring a waterproof repellent spray that is safe for skin and another repellent spray designed for tents and gear.

  • Tweezers: for proper tick removal, keep a pair of tweezers in your first aid kit.

  • A quality tent: your tent should zip closed and be free of any tears or holes that could be breached by mosquitoes, ticks, or other pests.

  • Citronella candles: burning citronella has mild natural repellent properties (not to mention a pleasant flickering ambiance for your campsite).

  • A battery powered fan: the airflow prevents mosquitoes from flying against the strength of the wind and disperses the carbon dioxide of our breath, which mosquitoes use to detect us.

  • Appropriate hiking and lounging attire: mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors, so opt for lighter, summery colors. Avoid thin fabrics, like silk and linen, as mosquitoes can bite through to your skin with their long mouthparts. Layer up with thicker fabrics, like denim, and keep your arms and legs covered for maximum protection. 

  • Skip the perfume: steer clear of scents that will attract mosquitoes, like strong perfumes, colognes, and lotions.


Camping in the woods

The Campsite

Mosquitoes are drawn to locations with standing water, so when you’re choosing where to pitch your tent, look for areas that are dry and clear of overgrown foliage or debris that could catch rainwater or give pests a place to rest and hide. Keep your tent zipped at all times to keep out unwanted guests. And, whenever possible, ditch the lanterns and flashlights, which can attract mosquitoes and other insects. A big campfire, on the other hand, will put off mosquito-repelling smoke.



Hiking in woods



The Trail

Before you hit the trail, spray your clothing, skin, and gear with a tick and mosquito repellent. Wear light colored clothing so it is easier to notice a tick against the material, and tuck your long pants into your socks so that ticks cannot find an opening to your skin. Carry tweezers and your first aid kit in your gear. Stay on the trail and avoid stepping through overgrown foliage, where questing ticks may find their way onto your body.


After your hike, carefully inspect yourself for ticks. Check your hair, ears, underarms, belly button, and backs of knees. If you do discover any ticks, follow these tick removal steps.


  1. Disinfect the tweezers and the bite site.

  2. Use the tweezers to grab the tick as close to the head as possible.

  3. Pull it out slowly, without twisting, crushing, or separating the body from the head. If the head does break off, simply repeat the process until it is removed, while repeatedly disinfecting the area.

  4. Disinfect the bite area after the tick has been removed.

  5. Save the tick in a sealed container for testing with your local healthcare provider.

Stay Safe with Mosquito Hero

There you have it! All the tips you need to stay safe from disease-carrying mosquitoes and ticks – from the campsite to the hiking trail. And when it comes to enjoying the great outdoors in your own backyard, Mosquito Hero is here for you, with effective mosquito control and tick control programs.

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