Itchy, scratchy, red bumps and blotches all over your body! No one wants that! And no one wants that for their child either. But when you spend as much time in the outdoors as we do, you’re bound to end up with a few, and let’s keep it to a few, shall we?
We have gotten pretty good at avoiding being eaten alive for the most part, and you can too! Here are our words of wisdom when it comes to keeping the skeeters at bay!
8 Tips for Avoiding Bug Bites
1. Cover up.
Wear long sleeves, pants and a hat. The less skin that you expose, the less flesh there is for the biting! We love to wear merino wool when it comes to long layers in the warmer months, because being too hot is also not something we want and merino wool will keep you cool. Long layers are great on little ones too, as there are not many bug sprays that are safe for babies, so you can spray it on their clothing instead of their skin.
2. Find a breeze.
The windier it is, the fewer bugs you’ll find hanging around. Lakeshores, bluffs, the windy side of a hill or mountain, or just about anywhere on a breezy day will mean less swatting and less itching.
3. Stick to sunny areas.
Mosquitoes tend not to gather in droves in direct sunlight, they prefer damp and shady areas. However, some of the bigger biting flies will still meet you in the sunshine, but they are easier to see and don’t travel in large numbers. Sticking to sunnier areas will help with most of your buggy problems, anyway.
4. Avoid damp or marshy areas.
For the same reasons as above, you’ll want to avoid damp and marshy areas. There isn’t much of a breeze and this is where the suckers breed. You’ll look like you have chicken pox after even just a short stroll through a swamp this time of year.
5. Hide under bug netting.
Sometimes you can’t find a breeze or a sunny spot free of biting insects, so you’re next best bet is to invest in some bug netting and hide beneath it. This can come in many forms: bug netting hats and clothing*, bug netting on a hammock, bug netting draped over a play pen, stroller or carrier*, etc.
6. Light a fire.
If you’re in a place where bonfires are permitted, the smoke is a great deterrent for insects. If campfires are not permitted, then a citronella candle or stick can help as well. Keep in mind that these are not the most child-friendly options, and work best once the little ones are asleep.
7. Limit your time outside during “bug season” or “bug time”.
As much as we love to spend all of our time outside, we also know when to call it quits. There are certain times of year and certain times of day when there’s not much you can do but hide inside. The Friends of Algonquin Park have a great article about when to expect particular biting insects in the park, and a quick Google search would help you determine the same information about your area.
8. Use bug spray.
And obviously, the usual go-to for dealing with critters is insect repellent! Our favourite all-natural baby-friendly bug spray is “Baby Bug-A-Bye” Outdoor Spray by Honey Pot Herbals. And for everyone over 2 years of age, we use “Get Lost” Outdoor Spray instead, also all-natural. We’ve put both of these sprays to the test in our yard, at the cottage and in the mosquito-ridden backcountry at Grundy Lake Provincial Park. I’m happy to say that although we may reapply slightly more often than those folks using mainstream aerosol bug sprays with DEET, we don’t end up with any more bites than them!
Our bug sprays from Honey Pot Herbals are all-natural and organic, formulated and created in Canada by Registered Herbalist Joanne Kewageshig , and effective against mosquitos, ticks, black flies and more. The Baby Bug-A-Bye spray has no added essential oils and so is completely safe for babies, young children and even for pets! Both outdoor sprays come in an amber bottle to protect the contents, but it’s plastic so you can take it on all of your outdoor adventures without worrying about it breaking. All Honey Pot Herbals health care and body care products are paraben-free, phthalate-free, SLS-free, silicone-free and preservative-free. It is skin care you can feel good about!
And even if after all of your efforts in avoiding bug bites, you still manage to acquire a few itchy red bumps, Honey Pot Herbals has your back there too!
Enter, “the itchy stick“!
“Chill Out Salve”, also known as “the itchy stick”, is a skin chiller for mosquito bites, bug bites, stings and burns. This salve is made to stop the itch and irritation of bug bites and stings as well as relieve the pain of minor burns. It can also be used as a general First Aid salve. All of the herbs used were grown organically in Joanne’s garden.
How do you avoid bug bites on your outdoor adventures?
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