Pest Control When Camping

As summer edges ever closer, our minds wander to holidays, quality time spent with family, friends and loved ones, and getting away from it all. One of the best ways to enjoy the warmer climes without disappearing to the continent for a few days is to make the most of the British Isles and go camping.


Camping can be a lot of fun, but without the right control measures in place, your peaceful retreat could be blindsided by unwanted pests. Flies, mosquitoes, ants, bees and even the occasional snake are all present, even if we don’t always see them!

Whether you are camping in hidden suburb retreats in London or are escaping city life and embracing the countryside, you can make the most of your camping experience by following our top pest control tips:

  • Use insect and pest repellent sprays and ointments and spray over your clothing and exposed limbs and body parts. You need protection most at dusk and dawn so be aware of this and keep your spray close to hand
  • If you let your camp get a little messy, large numbers of insects might amass by your campsite. Keep it tidy to deter them, but there are pest control sprays available should you need them. Keep away from food and open fire
  • Citronella candles are an effective deterrent for many unwanted pests, but be sure to use only under supervision and never leave it lit when you sleep
  • Keep your food and drinks covered at all times – food boxes and plastic tubs are the best way to keep food fresh and safe from pests such as mice and rats
  • Use biodegradable wooden cutlery that can fuel your campfire or break down naturally where possible. If using real cutlery and utensils, wash them immediately after use to minimise the risk of bacteria
  • Keep your cooler stocked with ice to keep food and drink cold. Food that has spoiled will smell, and that also attracts unwanted pests
  • Wear dull, paler shades of clothing as bright colours attract insects. Perfume and body spray have attractive scents that entice pests, too
  • Avoid pitching your tent near water as these areas are perfect for mosquitoes and other bugs. Use your insect nets if you need to air your tent, but keep it zipped up when you are away to save you from insects nesting inside
  • Similarly, dense vegetation and long grass is home to many insects that can bite – avoid these areas!

Despite the drawbacks of insects and creepy crawlies that can bite and cause irritation, following these simple pest control methods is a great way to ensure you enjoy getting back to basics and embracing nature.

Don’t want to travel too far? Some of the best campsites and the coolest camping spots across London, the home counties, and beyond can be found here!

For more information on dealing with pests when you are out and about, or in the home – these things happen – please visit our website for effective pest control in London. Our highly experienced team are trained to effectively eradicate any problems you might have with pests to ensure your comfort and peace of mind.

If you have a problem with pests and need to consult with us, please give us a call on 0800 772 3262.


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