Camping and caravanning are a great way to get closer to nature and enjoy the great outdoors. While the sun and scenery can be fantastic, holidaying in this way can have some drawbacks too; mainly in the shape of various creepy-crawlies! To avoid sharing your accommodation with tiny visitors, follow these handy hints.
- Avoid leaving any food exposed within or immediately outside your caravan
- Bear in mind that ants have a particularly keen sense of smell and so will sniff out even the smallest spillage
- Make sure that your bins have lids and empty them regularly
- Use fly screens in the evening to avoid bugs being attracted to the lights inside
- Some smells, including lavender and mint, have been shown to discourage insects. Try leaving some sprigs inside your caravan.
- Essential oils such as jojoba, tea tree, lavender, citronella, eucalyptus and peppermint are also known to repel insects. Burning some during your holiday could keep you free from annoying beasties!
- If you’re travelling in Scotland, you may also have the annoyance of midges. These can be avoided by using traditional insect repellents, as well as the essential oils mentioned above.
- Avon’s “Skin So Soft” body lotion has also been named by several sources, apparently including the Army, as having insect repellent properties
- Check that vents and gas drop out holes in the caravan have been covered with mesh to prevent insects from entering. Please note that it is imperative that these holes are not covered with any other material, as they have been installed for safety reasons.
- If you or the children like canned, sugary drinks, but can't manage one all in one go, consider buying can toppers which prevent wasps and ants crawling inside. Some of them also have the added benefit of stopping the drink from spilling if the can is knocked over.
- Before leaving the caravan, make sure that all traces of food have been removed so they don’t act as breeding areas over the winter. Also make sure that all windows and doors are locked and sealed properly.
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