Mosquito Up Close

It’s that time of year again, time to pack the kids up and ship them off to summer camp. Maybe they are heading off to music camp, or archery camp, or a sports based camp. Maybe it’s only a day camp, or maybe they will be off in the wilderness for weeks on end. Whatever the case, it is important that young campers are equipped with the means to ward off those pesky insects that can put such a damper on their fun.

Dangers of Mosquitoes

The dangers of mosquitoes should not be overlooked. Not only will their bites leave an otherwise happy and peacefully sleeping camper irritated and unable to resist the temptation to itch their bites while lying awake in the tent or cabin, but they also carry the potential threat of malaria, dengue, and, most recently, chikungunya.

So, when you are packing up the bags – making sure to include extra batteries for the flashlights, and a few self-addressed, stamped envelopes for those letters you hope you’ll receive – it’s important that you include some insect repellents. However, make sure to pay attention to the camp’s guidelines for what to – and not to – pack. Some summer camps have policies regarding bug spray, fearing the potential dangers of chemical-based products in aerosol cans in the hands of young campers.

Natural insect repellents can be a great alternative, and a great solution to this potential problem. Osana insect repelling soap can also provide a great base to protect against those troublesome insects. Start having your child wash with Osana soap three days before you drop them off, pack a fresh bar in their backpack (maybe an extra one for that poor counselor), and remind them to shower daily with it.