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5 Ways To Mosquito-Proof Your Campsite

Hart Roberts

Tips to Keep Your Summer Camping Trip Bite-Free

Summer camping season is right around the corner and we're ecstatic to escape the city, put down the phone, and Enjoy Life Outdoors!  Whether it's camping in the Blue Ridge Mountains (Pisgah National Forest is our go-to), along the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, or in your secret home away from home spot, getting off the grid comes with its fair share of pesky pests and mosquitoes.  Here are some tips on setting up a bite-free basecamp this summer!

1. Use Lemon Eucalyptus Spray

Never leave home without it!  Before you even leave the car to hike in, be proactive about protecting yourself along the trail--the last thing you want is to be itchy before the fun even starts.  Murphy's Naturals Lemon Eucalyptus Oil goes on easy with a cool, refreshing scent and isn't greasy or sticky after it dries.  This highly effective and powerful stuff will help repel mosquitoes and insects for up to 6 hours.  Hopefully your hike isn't that long or you're going to need a lot s'mores at the finish line ;)

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2. Wear The Right Clothing

Rumor has it mosquitoes are attracted to darker-colored clothes, so be sure to pack accordingly. Wear lightweight long-sleeved shirts and apply Lemon Eucalyptus Oil Spray directly to your clothing for an extra layer of protection.  It's DEET-free, so it won't harm or deteriorate any of your gear (clothing, tents, fishing line, etc.) like most other chemical-based repellents.  Good for the Family, Good for the Planet...Good for your Gear!

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3. Use Tent Etiquette

First things first, double check your tent for rips and holes before you leave the house.  Lay down a tent footprint or ground cover to protect the floor of your tent from wear and tear.  Double walled tents offer the best protection--an inner tent layer with breathable nylon, and an outer layer or a "fly" that's wind and water resistant.  When setting up your tent at basecamp, keep the windows and doors zipped close and always zip it up quickly after you enter and leave.  If you're getting swarmed, spray Lemon Eucalyptus Oil on the outer layer for maximum protection.

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4. Setup Somewhere High & Dry

Scope out a basecamp spot that is flat, dry, and offers a good breeze to keep the bugs at bay.  Also, steer clear of locations adjacent to standing bodies of water -- lakes, creeks, puddles, etc. -- because these tend to be prime breeding grounds for mosquitoes.  You never know when some rainy weather might roll through (we're not trying to jinx it!), so be sure to setup camp in a spot that gets plenty of sunshine to dry out over the course of the day.

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5. Start a Campfire + Use Mosquito Sticks

As much as bugs love light, they aren't big fans of fire and smoke.  Build a fire a safe distance from your tent to stay warm, cook and provide smoke for the surrounding area.  Next, grab a couple Mosquito Sticks and place those closer to your surrounding area -- tents, chairs, picnic table, etc.  Each stick offers a slow burn (2+ hours) with a powerful mosquito & flying insect repellent punch.

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Time for the S'mores

You've earned it.  Now that basecamp is setup, kick back, relax and Enjoy Life Outdoors! 

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Introducing the Backyard Bundle

Hart Roberts

Bundle & Save On Your Favorite Repellent Products

Summer is right around the corner and we all know what that means: Mosquitoes and flying insects will wake from hibernation and thrive in the outdoors. We want to help our outdoor enthusiasts enjoy the warmer weather more than those pesky pests. That's why we're happy to announce the Backyard Bundle -- an exclusive online deal consisting of your favorite Murphy's Naturals repellent products!

The perfect gift for a friend who loves camping out under the stars, a Dad who loves grilling in the backyard (P.s. Father's Day is Sunday, June 18th!), or hook yourself up so you can enjoy the outdoors bite-free on your next adventure...the Backyard Bundle packs a big punch all while saving $.

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Stock up for the summer season with a brand new Backyard Bundle!

Outdoor Mosquito Protection

Hart Roberts

Remember the 3 D's of Mosquito Protection

Want to help protect yourself and your guests from those pesky mosquito bites? Draining nearby mosquito habitats, dressing appropriately, applying the right insect repellent and defending your yard are all protective actions you can take to beat the bugs this upcoming summer.

1. Drain

Since mosquitoes require water to breed, removing standing water around your house is a must-do.

  • Clear roof gutters of water and debris.
  • Dispose of any tires or larger objects that might collect rain.
  • Clean pet bowls and bird baths reguarly.
  • Drill holes in the bottom of your recycling containers and trash cans to improve drying time.
  • If it can collect water, it can potentially breed hundreds to thousands of mosquitoes -- Drain or dispose bottles, overturned buckets, plant pots, trash can lids, tarps, etc. 

2. Dress

If you know you're going to be outside on a buggy evening, be sure to dress appropriately. Long-sleeved, loose fitting, light colored clothing will help eliminate the potential bug biting threat. A non-greasy Lemon Eucalyptus Oil, the only plant-based ingredient recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), can be applied to clothing for extra protection without harming gear.

3. Defend

Choosing the right mosquito repellent for your body and yard is the final step in defending your family and friends from those unwanted pest guests. Start with a non-sticky insect repellent spray that has a refreshing scent -- you don't want to feel uncomfortable or smell funny. If you're having a BBQ or enjoying dinner in the backyard, use mosquito candles and mosquito sticks so you can fortify your area and get back to what really matters...enjoying life outdoors!

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