A cozy campsite is attractive to food-stealing bugs but along with the creepy-crawlies comes spiders. People who have a fear of spiders may find the prospect of camping with arachnids terrifying. Keep spiders away from camp by protecting your sleeping areas and food supply. Of course, most spiders don’t pose a threat to people but many will bite if you accidentally come in contact with them. Put the shoe away and follow these practical steps.
Spider Proof Your Campsite
Before you arrive at your campsite, take a look at your equipment. You should open all the backpacks, tents and sleeping bags looking for living spiders or bug carcasses. (Sometimes spiders travel with us!) Zippers should work properly and close securely. Lubricate the zippers with mineral oil and fix holes with a repair kit.
Choose your campsite wisely. If you want to avoid spiders, pick a spot away from the water and not in a woodsy area, like a forest. (Spiders love these places.) When you clear the campsite, wear long pants and a long sleeved shirt to avoid bug bites.
Pack zippered storage bags and plenty of garbage bags if you want to keep spiders away. Open foods should be placed inside zippered bags and stashed in a cooler. Your leftovers will attract pests, pests will bring the spiders. Always stash trash too, preferably away from the campsite.
Keep Spiders Away From Campsites
Keep the bug repellent handy. Once you’ve set up the campsite, spray the boundary with commercial bug spray. Spray your skin with the proper bug spray. Use citronella candles in the campsite to shoo away all bugs but do put them out at night.
When you get ready to go to sleep, check the tent for spiders then zip it up to prevent their entry. Check the tent for cracks or holes. If you see any, cover the holes with duct tape. Give sleeping bags and pillows a good shake before you hunker down. The next morning, smack your shoes on the ground before you slide your foot in them. Sometimes spiders like to hide in shoes and folded clothing. Leave the campfire going at night. This will keep some insects away. Keep flashlights and lanterns turned off when you aren’t using them. Unwanted pests can’t resist light. In the event you do get bit, keep the spider in a zippered bag to show your physician. This is especially helpful if you develop a rash or a fever.
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