By Jessica Santos
Nothing ruins a camping trip like mosquitoes. Their buzzing is a nuisance and those itchy little bites can drive you crazy. Most campers plan ahead for this by bringing a bug repellant spray or sticking close to the fire at dusk, but sometimes it’s not enough. If you’re concerned about the chemicals lurking in bug spray or want protection while on the move, there are natural alternatives for keeping the mosquitoes at bay.
These are the top plants to bring along on your next camping trip.
Sage is great for repelling mosquitoes. You can dab it on your skin as an oil, or toss some in the fire to keep the bugs at bay. Sage also repels ticks, which are common in shady areas and among tall grasses.
You can also add rosemary to your campfire to fend off mosquitoes. It has an aroma that is pleasant to humans, but uninteresting to mosquitoes and pesky flies. Rosemary also attracts hummingbirds and butterflies, which is an awesome bonus!
When you’re on the move hiking through the woods, crush up some pennyroyal and keep it in your pockets. It’s minty smell wards off mosquitoes, flies, and fleas! Keep in mind that pennyroyal is considered toxic for pregnant women and infants.
Peppermint oil helps repel mosquitoes, but it also acts as a quick fix for itchy bites. It is a natural insecticide that will kill mosquito larvae.
Lavender and bugs do not mix. Its sweet smell repels mosquitoes, fleas, flies, moths, and spiders. Keep some nearby on your next trip as the ultimate insect shield.
Citronella is the holy grail in mosquito repellants. It’s easy to find citronella in oils, candles, and natural repellant sprays. It will block any scents that attract mosquitoes and keep them far away from you.
Check out this comprehensive infographic on all the best mosquito repelling plants:
Consider bringing along one of these plants on your next camping trip. You will definitely notice a lack of unwelcome, six-legged guests.
And while we are talking about annoying insects, flies are also a major unwanted pest. If you find you have a problem with these buzzing around you, then check out this great post on 15 Natural Fly Repellent: Tips and Recipes.