How to Keep Bugs Away While Hiking

Most of us love spending our summers outdoors, but if there’s one part of the outdoor experience that we hate, it has to be the bugs on hiking. They can be pretty nice at times, but most of them sting, bite, and bother us when we least expect it. There are several ways to avoid these pesky pests, including using bug repellents, wearing protective clothing, and keeping up with routine insect control.

Fortunately, we have some tips to help you prevent these distractions from bothering you. And how to deal with being bitten if it comes to you.

Things to Keep the Bugs Away While Hiking

What to Wear to Keep the Bugs Away While Hiking

First things first: what should you wear? If you’re planning on going out in the woods for a few days, then you don’t want anything too heavy or bulky. You also don’t want something that will attract mosquitos, like cotton clothes or shorts. Instead, opt for a light-weight pair of pants and a T-shirt or long-sleeved shirt. These items won’t make you sweat, which is good because you don’t need to worry about getting your clothes wet.

If you plan to spend more time than just a day or two outdoors, then you might consider bringing along a backpack filled with extra layers. If you get cold, you can remove an extra layer without having to stop.It’s also a good idea to bring a small flashlight with you so you can see where you’re going.

Treatment for Clothing and Gear

You probably know that mosquitoes and other insects can transmit diseases such as West Nile virus, Lyme disease, malaria, and dengue fever. But did you know they can also cause itching, burning, rashes, and even paralysis? In addition to these problems, they can also leave behind nasty bites that could lead to infection.

The best way to protect yourself against this kind of irritation is by treating your clothing and gear before you go camping. For clothing, use bug spray that contains DEET or another similar chemical. For gear, look for treated mosquito netting, tents, sleeping bags, and backpacks. You can find all sorts of products online, but remember to read the labels carefully. Look for those that contain permethrin, which is the active ingredient found in most insecticides.

Bug Repellents

Bug Repellents

As mentioned above, you can use bug spray to kill the insects that may be biting you. However, these sprays aren’t always effective, especially if you’re not near a source of water. That means you have to apply them frequently, which isn’t practical if you’re trying to enjoy nature.

Instead, try applying natural remedies to keep the insects away. One of the easiest ones is citronella oil. Just rub some on your arms, legs, and face. Citronella oil is derived from plants such as lemon grass, orange leaves, and marigolds. It works well because it repels both mosquitoes and ticks.

Off! Deep Woods Insect Repellent

Off! Deep Woods Insect Repellent

DEET has been around since the 1950s and continues to be one of the most effective bug repellents. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), it’s both safe for human beings and the environment. Research shows that it lasts up to six hours after spraying, making it the most popular repellent among outdoor enthusiasts. While DEET is still considered the gold standard, some newer products contain less or none at all. Check out this guide to learn more about choosing the right insect repellent for your needs.

Ben’s Insect Repellent Wipes

Ben's Insect Repellent Wipes

For those who prefer not to use chemical bug sprays, there are plenty of options available. One such product is called Ben’s Insect Repellant Wipes. They come in individual packets which can be used individually or combined together. Each packet contains enough DEET to repel insects for up to 8 hours. We recommend using this product when camping or hiking.

Sawyer Picaridin Insect Repellent

Sawyer Picaridin Insect Repellent

DEET is one of the most popular insect repellents available, but it isn’t the only option. Many people prefer picaridin because it’s less harsh than DEET but still kills bugs effectively. We also recommend using a natural repellent such as this 6-ounce Sawyer spray containing picaridin. It’s as effective as DEET but won’t harm your gear.

Sawyer Permethrin Pump Spray

Sawyer Permethrin Pump Spray

Permethrin is one of the most effective insect repellents available. It’s used in combination with DEET (N, N-diethylmetatoluamide) to provide longer-lasting protection against mosquitoes. While DEET does work better, permethrin may be more suitable for certain individuals who suffer from allergies. When applying permethrin to your gear, make sure to follow the directions carefully. Permethrin should not be sprayed onto fabric or leather; only apply it to nylon or polyester material. Do not apply permethrin to cotton or wool.

Thermacell Portable Mosquito Repeller

Thermacell Portable Mosquito Repeller

There are several ways to keep pesky insects away from your property. One of the most common methods is using insecticides. However, this method can cause problems such as damage to plants and pets. An alternative is to install a perimeter fence. While this may not eliminate all pests, it does prevent them from entering your yard. Another option is to purchase a mosquito trap. Mosquito traps are designed to attract mosquitoes and then kill them before they enter your home. They are available in many different designs and styles. Some models include solar power options, so you don’t have to worry about batteries.

Craghoppers Insect Repellent Convertible Pants

Convertible pants have become increasingly popular over the past few years. They offer a unique combination of versatility and style. With just one piece of clothing, you can go from wearing jeans to shorts to pants. This makes them perfect for those who like to switch up their look often. They also provide UPF 50+ sun protection, which is ideal for outdoor activities. Most importantly, though, they offer insect protection. Many insects carry diseases that can be transmitted through direct contact. By applying permethrin to the surface of these clothes, you can prevent this transmission.

Treat Insect Bites

Bugs bite can be painful and annoying while hiking. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to relieve discomfort and speed recovery. Bandaging is one of the most effective treatments for insect bites. Another option is to apply ice directly to the area. Ice reduces swelling and speeds up the rate at which the skin heals. Lastly, you should always bring along some over-the-counter medication, such as antihistamines. These medications reduce itching and inflammation around the bite.

Itchy Bug Bites (Mosquitoes & Chiggers)

There are many over-the-counter remedies available for treating insect bites. The most common treatments include calamine lotion, aloe vera gel, and toothpaste. These products work by numbing the itch and reducing inflammation. They may not provide relief immediately, but once applied, they should reduce discomfort within half an hour.

Tick Bites

Hiking near areas where there are bugs ticks is not recommended unless you’ve researched the area thoroughly. There are many different types of ticks, including those that carry Lyme disease. While you can remove ticks using tweezers, it’s better to use a tick removal kit. These kits contain chemicals that kill the tick quickly, so you don’t risk spreading bacteria to your skin. After you remove the tick, wash the area carefully with soap and water. Also, apply antibiotic ointment to the bite area.


I hope these tips have helped you keep bugs away while hiking, even more during the warm, buggy months. Bug spray and clothing are great, but the most important thing is to take care of yourself. Be sure to stay dry and cover your skin, which will prevent you from getting bitten by the bugs in the first place! I wish you the best of luck on your upcoming hike!

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