If there’s one bad thing about camping, it’s bugs. So, I’ve made a shopping list of the best products to combat bugs on your next RV trip…
I try to appreciate all of nature’s creatures but, boy, do bugs bug me! While I respect bees, ants, and other insects, I have no mercy for mosquitos, no-see-ums, and ticks.
I do everything I can to keep them away from us and our dog but am also prepared for when they manage to bite us.
So, this list includes everything from screen tents to repellents to bite treatments to give you a full line of defense… and offense… against bugs!
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10 Best Products to Combat Bugs While Camping
You’ll be ready to battle the little buggers on your next trip with the following deterrents and treatments. There’s something for everyone on this list or even everything for one very determined bug-despiser (like me!)
To make it easy for you, I’ve put all of the items below on our Outside the RV – Camping Essentials list on Amazon. Just click on that link to see all of the products on that list, or click on the individual links below for certain products.
Bugs can’t bite you if they can’t get to you! That’s why this screen tent is at the top of the list.
It’s easy to set up with a pop-up design and quick, too. You can have it up in less than a minute.
Plus, it’s big enough to fit a 6-8 person picnic table inside. It’s just about 12’x12’ with 110 square feet of interior space.
This screen tent is quite large and a bit pricey. So, if you’re looking for some other options, you can check out our 7 Best Screen Rooms for Camping.
Screen rooms keep the majority of biting and stinging bugs out, but some always seem to find their way in. That’s where this second line of defense comes in.
The Thermacell Patio Shield creates a 15-foot zone of protection against mosquitos. It uses unscented repellent mats with naturally occurring repellents found in plants. The mats last up to 4 hours, which is perfect for peak mosquito time in the evenings.
This is a no mess, no DEET, no spray, no cord, no battery, and no on-skin chemicals option. It comes in several different colors but, more importantly, has 4 stars with over 40,000 reviews.
Who needs a hat? You do! Dad hats aren’t just for dads. This one’s got a low profile with an adjustable strap and curved visor. Just the thing to wear on your next RV Lifestyle adventure.
Mosquitos aren’t our only enemy. Ticks are becoming a bigger problem every year for both humans and pets. They’re now in more regions than ever before and are still spreading.
Yaya Tick Ban is an organic extra strength tick repellent. It’s made with essential oils and all-natural, DEET-free ingredients.
Best of all, adults, kids, and dogs can use it! So, it’s an excellent product for the whole family.
If you’re traveling to tick regions, be sure to check out How to Keep Ticks Off Dogs & Out of Your RV.
We all know how persistent bugs can be. So, no matter how hard we try to prevent bites, we still need to be prepared for them.
And ticks are the worst biters since they latch on and don’t let go!
The Tick Key is a must-have if you’re traveling in tick regions. I’ve probably recommended this product more than any other bug defense product and I’ll continue to do so. It works that well!
It’s a simple tick removal tool that you can clip to your key ring, backpack, or easily keep anywhere else. It’s simple but very effective.
Buzz Away is an excellent bug repellent for both mosquitos and ticks. It’s a combination of several essential oils, including citronella, geranium, lemongrass, peppermint, and more. So, it naturally deters mosquitos and ticks and smells good, too!
As a botanical formula, it’s DEET-free and safe for kids to use.
If you’re more worried about bites than chemicals, then this is a more powerful bug repellent for you. It’s formulated with 25% DEET and repels mosquitos, ticks, biting flies, gnats, and chiggers.
This dual-pack is a powder-dry formula so it’s not oily or greasy. Application is also really easy since it’s a continuous aerosol spray.
Don’t ask me why, but mosquitos really don’t like citronella. This 3-pack of citronella candles is perfect for your outdoor table and sitting area. These candles can be used indoors, too.
The clean fragrance is calming for you yet irritating for biting bugs, so it’s a win-win for you! You can enjoy your meal, read, or play boardgames outside a lot more with this candle nearby.
Every time I see a bug zapper, I think of that scene from a Bug’s Life where one bug tries to warn his buddy. “Larry! Don’t look at the light!”… ZAP!
If you want to zap some Larries so Larries can’t bite you, then this bug zapper is for you. It has good fencing around it so you don’t have to worry about kids or pets getting zapped alongside Larry.
What’s nice about this model is that it doesn’t emit a constant buzzing sound like so many other bug zappers.
Sometimes the simplest solution is the best solution. This mosquito net is just that: a mosquito net.
You can string it up however it suits you and then fold it down into a tiny lightweight bundle. It’s useful around the campground as well as out on hikes, especially if you want to have a picnic.
If little buggers still manage to bite or sting you after all of these defenses, you’ll want StingEze on hand. I’ve tried a lot of different bite relief creams and this one works the best.
The sooner you put it on, the better. It’ll stop the pain from bites and stings and ease the itching. And it’ll keep bringing you relief when you reapply.
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