Summer is all about getting outside and enjoying nature, especially in states as abundant with natural beauty and activities as California and Nevada.
One of the truest summer experiences is camping. Is there anything better than pitching a tent at a national treasure such as Yosemite National Park, or at one of the many state parks, and soaking in all that nature has to offer?
Yet venturing into nature sometimes can serve up a few dangers. To keep your outdoor activities safe and enjoyable, the Clark Man reminds camping and hiking enthusiasts to take proper precautions when taking on the great outdoors, because direct contact with certain insects and wildlife can present risks.
Mosquitoes and ticks, for example, are vector pests that feed on blood and can transmit serious illnesses, such as West Nile virus and Lyme disease, through their bites. Stinging insect and spider bites can also cause severe allergic reactions.
Also, wildlife can become aggressive if threatened, while animals such as raccoons and bats could be potential carriers of rabies. The best bet is to avoid contact with these animals as much as possible.
To help keep your outdoor activities free of unwanted pests and wildlife, the Clark Man recommends you follow these tips:
- Ahead of camping, apply insect repellents that contains an EPA-registered active ingredient such as DEET or Picaridin, and repeat applications according to the product label
- Wear long sleeves, pants, socks, and closed-toe shoes to help avoid mosquito and tick bites. Do a thorough check after hiking in woods or tall grasses
- Yellowjackets and other stinging insects are attracted to fragrances from shampoo, perfume, and candles, along with food and drink. Avoid using scented items and pour beverages into clear plastic cups rather than drinking from cans
- Prior to camping, check tent materials and repair any holes that can serve as points of entry. Keep tents closed at all times unless going in or out
- Keep all food and beverages packed in secure coolers and containers. Seal utensils and dishware immediately after use
- Dispose of beverage bottles and cans in tightly closed garbage receptacles. Keep garbage containers sealed and away from the sleeping grounds
- Do not attempt to feed, lure, or pet wild animals
If you have problems with pests in the more tame areas around your home, call or text (800) WE-NEED-YOU (936-3339) or send the Clark Man an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Until next time I’m the Clark Man, and thanks for helping me keep unwanted pests out of your home.