13 methods for keeping bugs away, according to entomologists and experts
- Some insects are nuisances, but others, like mosquitoes, can pose a health risk.
- There are ways to deter these bugs while keeping your local ecosystem safe.
- We asked three entomologists about the types of products that deter insects and which don't work.
Warm and sunny days are prime times for outdoor gatherings. But the nice weather and smell of humans and their barbecues and picnics also bring on a variety of bugs. We asked three entomologists how to best keep them at bay.
While they didn't offer specific recommendations, they steered us toward the types of products that can help deter mosquitoes, bees, ants, wasps, flies, and other insects.
"Although most people think of insects as something to be avoided, many of them are so important to the environment," said Corrie Moreau, PhD, director and curator of the Cornell University Insect Collection. For that reason, we don't recommend products like bug zappers and insecticides that kill a variety of types of insects.
Many of the suggestions below aren't meant to be used on their own. Instead, you'll want to employ several of them to reduce your risk of attracting insects.
June 27, 2022
Outdoor Life: Do You Really Need a Water Filter for Backpacking and Mountain Hunting?
While DEET products may be more familiar by name and their chemical smell, sprays with 20 percent picaridin, like Sawyer Products, offer comparable protection without the harsh odor and oily feeling on your skin.
The Sawyer Squeeze was (by far) the most common Pacific Crest Trail water filter this year – for the fifth year in a row. It’s a $39, 3 oz / 85 g hollow fiber filter that rids your drinking water of protozoa and bacteria (and floaties). It can be used with Sawyer bags (included with the filter) or with compatible water bottles (Smartwater is the bottle of choice for many hikers).
SAWYER MINI WATER FILTER, $22 This has been my water filter of choice for years now. The bags can be iffy — I have had a few break – so carry a couple. However, the filter itself is reliable, light and inexpensive. -Logan