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The Pests You May Encounter While Camping

Raccoon says, “Your Trash Is My Dinner!”

Camping is a lot of fun and for families it can be the go to vacation. The only issue with camping are the pests that like to join you from time to time. Here is a list of some of the pests you may encounter and how to help protect yourself from them. You may or may not see all of them, it all depends on where you are going, but knowing what pests you may find and how to prepare for them can help you have a more enjoyable camping vacation.


  • Mosquitoes: Not only are they one of the most annoying pests, the carry diseases and can disturb your whole vacation if you have not prepared for them. Citronella candles can help to keep them away from the area, but you will have to also apply a mosquitoes repentant to you body as well.
  • Ticks: Some species of ticks carry Lyme Disease, so it is best to be safe, you don’t want to risk anything. Wear hats, long clothes, use repellents even on your clothes, avoid walking through tall grass and inspect yourself and children often. If you find one, remove it immediately. And don’t forget your pets, if you are camping with the family dog, ticks love them, so inspect for ticks often.
  • Snakes: Learn how to identify the poisonous snakes and what to do if one bites you, but  a general rule of thumb, avoid all snakes while camping, you never really know if they are safe.
  • Chipmunks, Raccoon’s, Skunks and Birds: These creatures of the night are out to steal your food and cause general dismay at your campsite. Although they are cute to look at, they are still wild creatures. Observe them from a distance, and don’t leave food out where they can get into it. Take trash to the dump every single night and keep open food in your vehicle locked up.
  • Poison Ivy or Oak: This one stinks, once you come in contact the rash can develop and spread, it’s not like a bug bite that itches and may swell, they don’t spread, but this, can spread like wildfire. Learn what the plants look like before you go, you could be walking around in poison ivy or oak and not even realize it. Should you come in contact with the plant go wash you skin immediately with soap and cold water, and wash hands thoroughly, if you develop a rash, use a topical solution like calamine lotion.

With this information and tips you should be able to have a wonderful camping experience, so enjoy!


Herbs in Your Garden that Help Repel Bugs

No one likes flies! Actually most will tell you that flies are one of there least favorite bugs. They are annoying nasty flying bugs. Or what about mosquitoes? Have you ever heard anyone say, ‘gee, lets go outside it’s perfect mosquito weather’… NO! How about moths, maybe they don’t bother you, but how about the weevils you get in your dried cupboard food because of them???

No one wants to be spraying bug spray all day everyday and in your home never the less, so why not try these tried and true herbs. That’s right, you heard me correct, herbs! They will grow from just about anywhere and lots of us have them in our private garden for eats, so why not try them as a pest solution??

Herbs That Will Repel Flies And Other Nasty Bugs

1. Basil

Most people know fresh basil is delicious in pesto, tomato based dishes, and salads but did you also know that it is one of the best ways to keep flies out of your house? Just plant basil next to the doors, use as a foundation planting mixed in with your flowers, or plant in containers. The flies will stay far away. Basil is a beautiful fragrant plant that grows easily in most climates. You can grow basil in containers by your picnic table or on your patio and cut a nice size bunch of it to decorate the blanket with when you go to a remote picnic spot. As an added bonus, mosquitoes don’t like it either.

2. Bay Leaf

You can grow bay outside in the summer but you will need to bring it indoors during the winter months. You can buy dried bay leaf at the store if you find you are unable to grow it; the dried variety that you put in stews and soups works as well as the fresh for keeping pests away. You can put one bay leaf in fifty pounds of wheat berries or organic white flour and it will keep the weevils out of it. If you don’t happen to buy flour in those quantities you can add a bay leaf to a smaller sized container with similar results. Don’t forget to add a bay leaf to all your other dried food like, cornmeal, rice, and oatmeal. And I am sure there are many other, give it a try! Scatter a few leaves on the pantry shelves to repel moths, roaches, earwigs, and mice. Flies seem to hate the smell of bay leaves, too!

3. Lavender

Lavender smells wonderful and repels moths, mosquitoes, and fleas:

  • Hang a bundle of it in your closet or lay a few sprigs of it in with the out of season clothes you are storing.
  • Grind it to a powder and sprinkle it on your pet’s bedding.
  • Grow it in containers on your patio to repel mosquitoes.
  • Grow it in your kitchen garden to keep rabbits out of your lettuce and spinach.

4. Mint

Mint planted around the foundation of your house can keep both ants and mice out of your home. Neither of these pests seem to like the smell and all but the most determined will head to a better smelling yard. You can also place shallow bowls of the dried mint leaves in your pantry to discourage mice.

5. Rosemary

Rosemary is one of my favorite herbs, not only for cooking and grilling but because it has a number of uses medicinally and as a household herb. As it grows it repels mosquitoes. Try planting it around your patio or any area that you use in the evenings to keep the air smelling fresh and the mosquitoes on someone else’s property.

We’re Hot, Sticky And Getting Bit More???

Record summer heat brings out the bugs

Published July 25, 2012 / LiveScience

If you’re feeling extra mosquito-bit this summer, you’re not alone. According to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), record hot summer temperatures are bringing out the bugs.

Ants, fleas, ticks, earwigs and black widow are among the pests that are making a strong showing this year, according to the NPMA.

“Insects are cold-blooded, which means that their body temperatures are regulated by the temperature of their environment,” NPMA public affairs officer Missy Henriksen said in a statement. “In cold weather, insects’ internal temperatures drop, causing them to slow down. But in warm weather, they become more active. Larvae grow at a faster rate, reproduction cycles speed up, and they move faster.”

Hot has been the watchword this year, with the first half of 2012 measuring up as the warmest on record for the United States. June 2011 to June 2012 was also the warmest 12-month period since record-keeping began in 1895, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Drought across the country’s midsection can also exacerbate pest problems, Henriksen said. When insects and arachnids can’t find moisture outside, they often head indoors. Areas where rain is more frequent are likely to see increased mosquito breeding, she added.

About 64 percent of the continental United States was experiencing drought as of July 19. The unusually hot summer has also contributed to incidents of heat stroke, low water supply in some areas and blows to agriculture.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2012/07/25/record-summer-heat-brings-out-bugs/#ixzz21kGnmJGs

Make Your Own Mosquito Trap


We are all looking for different ways to keep the mosquitoes at bay, we use grass fogger, bug spray and candles.

But how about trying this one using items and ingredients you already have at home…


  • 1 2 liter soda bottle
  • a sharp knife
  • black paper
  • tape
  • candy thermometer

Take a 2 liter soda bottle. Cut off the top right below where it starts to narrow for the top, invert and place inside the lower half.


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups cool water
  • 1 tsp. active dry yeast


Bring 1 cup of the water to a boil.

Dissolve the sugar into the boiling water.

Once the sugar is dissolved completely, remove the pan from the heat. Stir in 2 cups cool water, stir well.

Check the temperature of the syrup to make sure it is no hotter than 90 degrees F, if hotter, let cool to 90 degrees F, add 1 tsp. active dry yeast, no need to mix. Put syrup in the bottom part of the bottle, using the cut off neck piece, leave in place.

Be sure to seal the two parts of the bottle with the tape. The fermenting yeast will release carbon dioxide. Put black paper around the bottle since mosquitoes like dark places and carbon dioxide. This mosquito trap will then start working.

Tip: Keep the bottle in a dark humid corner outside, close enough to you but far enough away, don’t worry about it for a few days but after 2 weeks you should have seen a significant change. Just remember, you have to replace the sugar water mixture about every 2 week.

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