Hiking is one of the best ways to get in exercise, but you should be aware of the different insects you might encounter. This blog post is going to cover some bugs you might find on the trails and how to deal with bugs walking or hiking.
Protect Yourself From Bug Bites
When you are going on a hike, you should try to wear long sleeves and long pants. This not only protects your skin from sunburns and scrapes from branches, but it also helps to reduce bug bites on your body. The more skin that is exposed, the more bites you might end up with. Wear long-sleeved shirts, choosing loose and breathable fabric if it is a hot day. Wear socks and shoes and never hike with sandals or other open-toed shoes. Lighter colors are better since it helps you see if there is a bug on your clothing that you need to remove. Tucking your pants into your socks can keep the bugs from climbing up your legs.
Bring Your Own Bug Repellent
There are plenty of bug repellents available, from store-bought ones to natural remedies. Natural repellent bug sprays are typically better as they smell much more pleasant, can be made at home inexpensively, and don’t have any harsh ingredients. They also do not typically harm any insects. You can make bug repellent with essential oils like citronella, lavender, and mint, or try using some herbs for it as well. Spray any exposed skin before your hike, and during it during a long hike. This should keep insects from bothering you too much.
Avoiding Hicks on the Trail
This summer, the biggest risk to you, when you are hiking, is getting a tick bite. Ticks will sink their teeth into your skin and remain there until you remove it. It can take a while for a tick to find a good spot to bite, so it is better if you look at your clothing often and brush away the tick if you see it. Once a tick bites you, you will need to stop your hike and remove it safely with a pair of tweezers. Bring a natural first aid kit with you so you can treat the bite while you are still on the trail. When you return home, take a shower and look closely for any signs of tick anywhere on your body.