Fishing is a great way to spend a summer day—until the bugs come out. Luckily, you can continue to enjoy fishing throughout the entire season by taking steps to keep insects away. Explore three ways to keep pests at bay when fishing this summer.

Keep Bug Spray on Hand

One of the most straightforward ways to keep pests away during your fishing trip is to use insect repellents. You can choose a quality insect repellent spray or lotion containing DEET, which effectively repels mosquitoes, flies, and other biting insects. Alternatively, you could look for a bug spray that uses natural repellants like lavender, eucalyptus, or citronella. Apply the repellent to exposed skin and clothing before heading out to your fishing spot and reapply throughout the day according to the product’s instructions. A helpful way to remember to reapply bug spray is to put it on when you reapply sunscreen throughout the day.

Stash Your Snacks

Pests like ants and flies are attracted to food scraps and garbage, so keep your food and trash secure during your fishing trip. Pack snacks and meals in sealed containers to prevent attracting pests. As you finish your food, dispose of scraps, wrappers, and packaging properly in designated trash bins or stash the refuse in sealed garbage bags to dispose of later. Keeping your fishing area clean and debris-free will prevent unwanted guests from joining your trip.

Wear Protective Clothing

Though the hot summer weather may make it tempting to wear as little clothing as possible during your fishing trip, garments that fully cover your skin can help prevent bug bites. Wear lightweight, long-sleeved shirts and pants made from breathable fabrics to stay cool and comfortable while blocking bugs. Tuck your pants into your socks and wear closed-toe shoes or boots to prevent insects from crawling up your legs.

Mosquitos, ants, and flies are as much a part of nature as the fish you hope to catch. With these three ways to keep pests at bay when fishing this summer, you can enjoy your trip without insects joining your fishing party uninvited.

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