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Bug Round-Up: Best Articles on Battling Bugs While RVing

| Updated Jun 20, 2024

Mosquitos, biting flies, ants, palmetto bugs, ticks… these are only some of the bugs you’ll encounter while RVing. Here’s what you need to know and how to combat all the little buggers…

I’ve written a LOT of articles about bugs you encounter while enjoying the RV lifestyle. 

So, I figured it’d be helpful to do a “round-up” post that works as a nifty table of contents of all of the articles that help you deal with bugs. 

I’ll give a quick excerpt of each article and then link to the whole article if you’d like to read more. I cover everything from the best “bug off” shopping list to removing bug splatter from your RV to tips on how to avoid bites and infestations.

We're going to start off with the shopping list, then mosquitos, then ticks, then work our way down to ants and roaches. Plus, a helpful video on bug splatter in between.

The Ultimate ‘Bug Off’ Shopping List for Your RV

The Ultimate 'Bug Off!' Shopping List for Your RV - bugs

I try to appreciate all of nature’s creatures but, boy, do bugs bug me! While I respect bees, ants, and other insects, I have no mercy for mosquitos, no-see-ums, and ticks. 

I do everything I can to keep them away from us and our dog but am also prepared for when they manage to bite us. 

So, this list includes everything from screen tents to repellents to bite treatments to give you a full line of defense… and offense… against bugs!…

8 Best Mosquito Repellent Devices

Best Mosquito Repellent Device for Camping bugs

While outdoor adventures can help us get away from it all, one thing we cannot always escape is pesky mosquitos and other biting bugs. Not only can mosquito bites itch, but they can also lead to the transmission of diseases.

While not all biting bugs give you dangerous diseases, there are some that can pass on unwanted illnesses. Things like West Nile Virus, Dengue Fever, and Zika Virus can make some people very ill.

Using bug repellent devices and products can keep you from getting bitten. They also serve a dual purpose which is: disease control…

7 Simple Tips to Keep Mosquitoes Away From Your Camp

Keep Mosquitoes Away From Your Camp

For many, the simple solution to mosquitoes is to douse themselves with chemicals, but using bug spray is far from the best way to repel insects.

For the rest of us, these 7 tips will minimize the annoyance of insects without the use of pesticides like DEET…

5 Best Mosquito & Bug Nets for Camping

Bug Nets for Camping bugs

While bug spray is good when you’re on the trail, it’s nice to have an alternative when relaxing on-site. And one of those great alternatives is bug nets. They offer excellent bug protection without any of the potentially harmful chemicals!

There are many options to choose from when searching for a high-quality mosquito net. So, to narrow it down, I outline what to look for in the best mosquito net. Then, I list my picks for the best bug net on the market.

Now, mind you, these bug nets are mainly for outdoor camping or lounging in hammocks. For RVers who want a bug-free lounge area, I recommend the next resource…

7 Best Screen Rooms for Camping

7 Best Screen Tents for Camping for bugs

Camping is an amazing way to spend time in the great outdoors. Unfortunately, there is something else that likes to spend time with you outdoors: insects. A great way to help stave off these annoying pests is to invest in a good screen tent.

Here are our top picks for the best screen rooms that protect you from the sun and bug bites!…

Removing Bug Splatter From Your RV

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Are you as frustrated as we were with removing bug splatter from your RV? We just found a very affordable product that really works. We ended up washing the entire RV with it!

And in the process, we erased stuck-on yucky bug splatter we have collected from five states over the past few weeks.

It really works!

And if you are reading this before July 30, 2022, you can enter to win a Bugs Off Kit in our Sweepstakes – and if you miss that one and there's a new sweepstakes, you can find the Bugs Off products right here.

How to Keep ticks Off Dogs & Out of Your RV

How to Keep Ticks Off Dogs & Out of Your RV - bugs

If you plan to spend the warmer months hiking with your dog, here’s what you need to know to keep yourselves safe.

Learn how to prevent these pests from making your RV their home, especially in the regions where ticks carry serious diseases. And since pets are a big reason ticks can enter your RV, learn how to keep ticks off dogs…

How to Keep Ants Out of Your RV

How to Keep Ants Out of Your RV (7 Helpful Tips)

If there is one thing that can bug you (pun intended!) in your RV, it’s ants! Ants can be incredibly annoying because where there is one, there are usually hundreds. 

You might walk into your kitchen to find just a few exploring your countertop. Or, you might wake up to a full-blown infestation! 

Recently, we had two different ant-related inquiries in our RV Lifestyle Facebook group. Our community replied with some of the best way to keep ants out and how to get rid of them…

How to Prevent a Palmetto Bug Infestation in Your RV

How to Prevent a Palmetto Bug Infestation in Your RV

We’ve all heard about how to deal with mosquitos, but have you heard about palmetto bugs? These little buggers cause big problems in certain parts of the country.

A palmetto bug is just a fancy name for a cockroach. The American Cockroach, to be exact. And as cockroaches, they can be extremely difficult to get ride of once they invade you're RV…

The Awful Truth of Bugs in the UP: Year-Round Advice

bugs and black flies

Have you heard the horror stories of bugs in the UP? The truth is there there are a lot of bugs in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, especially in late spring and early Summer (May-June)!

But the bugs that – forgive me – bug me the most are biting black and stable flies.

And that’s what we’re concentrating this post about…

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Mike Wendland

Published on 2024-06-20

Mike Wendland is a multiple Emmy-award-winning Journalist, Podcaster, YouTuber, and Blogger, who has traveled with his wife, Jennifer, all over North America in an RV, sharing adventures and reviewing RV, Camping, Outdoor, Travel and Tech Gear for the past 12 years. They are leading industry experts in RV living and have written 18 travel books.

2 Responses to “Bug Round-Up: Best Articles on Battling Bugs While RVing”

June 21, 2024at8:34 am, Fred VanName said:

In my opinion Chigger bites are the absolute worst. First of all they are so tiny you can’t see them, you don’t realize you are getting bitten until hours later when the itching starts, and the itching lasts for up to 2 weeks especially on the feet where rubbing is constant from wearing shoes. The itch is worse than poison ivy. I recently had to go to doctor because my feet were so red and raw. Calamine lotion works best for me.


June 21, 2024at12:55 pm, Team RV Lifestyle said:

Chigger bites ARE bad! thanks for sharing, Fred! Team RV Lifestyle


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