Off bug spraysOne of the worst things about being out on the trails, both hiking or four-wheeling is the insects that will nibble on you at every turn. It is not only frustrating, but the bites they leave behind can cause massive amounts of itching and even scabby sores. However, most all of us get in a big hurry when packing up and we may leave the can of OFF behind. If this happens to you, you can be happy knowing that there is a way for you to manage. Do you know of things that can prevent you from getting insect bites on the trail?

Forgetting the DEET

There have been many people who ventured out for a weekend of fun, only to realize that their most favorite spray on repellent had been left behind. This instantly dooms them to a weekend of bug bites, itching, and misery. It doesn’t have to be that way. There are a few things that you may have within your jeep or backpack. They can be used to naturally repel insects and their bites until you get out of the woods and back home.

DIY Insect Repellents

herbs mosquitoes hateIt is possible that you may have a drier sheet nearby. If you do, you can put it in your pocket as a natural repellent from mosquitos. Some say that you can also use an onion, which you mix with water and bugs will go into hiding. It seems this works best within gardens, but it could work for you as well if you do not mind smelling onions. There are people who say that you can also use Listerine for mosquitoes. This could be another idea for things you may have remembered to carry along, but there are also plenty of options for things you may find in the area.If you happen to find natural herbs in the wilds, you can use lemongrass, mint, citronella, and many more. Your selection of herbs that grow naturally will depend on the area where you are. The easiest method of blocking bugs is to avoid wearing scents while you are out on the trail. Perfumes, deodorants, and other toiletry items may smell flowery, which will instantly attract more insects who want to check you out. By wearing unscented products or going all-natural, you will reduce the chances of being bit by some bugs. This does exclude mosquitoes who are attracted more to carbon dioxide that you breathe out than they are to scents.

Dress for Insect Bite Prevention

cover up to stop mosquitoesWhen you forget the bug repellents at home, you should also change the way you dress. Cover up as much skin as you are able to. This is a wise choice even with bug spray because it will protect you from the chemicals and the sun, but it is very important when you leave the spray at home. Light clothing during the summer that covers arms and legs is good. You may also consider wearing gloves on your hands that can close off the sleeve gaps and socks that will close off the gap in your pants. Hats, handkerchiefs and other things can be used to cover your head and face if necessary to prevent insect bites on the trail.