Three Things To Buy To Beat Biting Bugs
Nothing will ruin a day outside faster than an abundance of biting insects. Mosquitoes, noseeums, biting flies, ticks, and chiggers keep more people indoors than anything other than video games. Here are three steps for making triply sure you and your family don’t get bitten.
One way to keep bugs off exposed skin is to cover it all up. But that gets hot, and if you wear a headnet you end up looking like a beekeeper. A better option is to a topical spray or lotion. The most effective types can contain nasty chemicals that eat year gear and are probably not great for your health, so look for repellents that use natural formulas.
Another critical step, especially if you live where ticks are common, is to treat your clothing with a spray-on repellent like Permethrin. These treatments last through multiple washings and will keep ticks from latching onto your clothes (and then working their way to your skin). Permethrin is also effective at repelling mosquitoes, making it great to spray on your tent.
Candles and torches work fairly well at keeping bugs away from backyards and patios, but they’re bulky and messy, too. A simpler and more effective option is to use device like a Thermacell. These are powered by butane cartridges and burn chemical-treated mats to release bug repellent chemicals into the air. They’re like citronella candles, but more effective, don’t emit smoke, and won’t catch your tent on fire.
Original article from MSN's website.
June 2, 2022
Outdoor Life: Do You Really Need a Water Filter for Backpacking and Mountain Hunting?
My only complaint is that eventually, backflushing won’t be enough. These can clog up after some time and no amount of back flushing will fix its low flow. I went through 2 on the AT. However, it will attach to Smart Water Bottles and most bladders!
Built for backcountry reliability and portability, the Sawyer Squeeze filter is our pick for the best portable water purifier.
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).