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Critter control: wasps, yellow jackets and bees

Sure, sharing the great outdoors with outdoor creatures is part of the joy of camping, but existing peacefully often calls for some strategizing.
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February 09, 2018 01:18 PM

When stinging pests swarm, it can really take the fun out of cooking and eating outdoors. By taking a few preventative steps, you can keep wasps, yellow jackets and bees away. We rounded up the tactics many campers swear by.

  • If possible, choose a spot that’s not adjacent to the campground’s trash cans or dumpster, and clean up any spills quickly.
  • Erect a mesh net around your picnic table so that you and your camping companions can prep and eat in peace.
  • Hang dryer sheets around the campsite. They’ll repel insects much like a citronella candle would.
  • Leave a sliced cucumber sitting out. Many insist it will drive bugs away.
  • There’s also the opposite approach: Put a piece of meat or something sweet a few yards from your site to tempt insects to that spot instead of your space.
  • Make an easy DIY trap using a 2-liter plastic soda bottle. Cut off the top third of the bottle. Put an inch or so of soda (to attract the bugs) and a couple drops of dish soap (to trap them) into the bottom part of the bottle. Turn the top part of the bottle that you cut off and place it upside down onto the rest of the bottle. Set your contraption a little bit away from your picnic table. Insects will be drawn to the liquid and unable to get back out.

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