Sunday, September 2, 2018


Conventional wisdom—at least the wisdom of my friend Vanholio!—says camping by water means camping with mosquitoes.
Guess what else loves water? Mosquitoes! That goes for lakes, ponds, marshes, creeks, rivers, seashore, bays, and the rest. Water equals mosquitoes.
But I’ve been lucky this year. Despite camping by various bodies of water I been bitten on only two nights. Knock on wood.

In addition, the past couple of weeks seems to have been the end of fly season. I’ve been able to have the Rolling Steel Tent’s windows and doors open without needing to constantly swat or spray. There have been occasional flies, but they were the type that flew in, took a look around, then left. They weren’t the type that insist on buzzing around my face. Thank you.


  1. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in still water. Whitewater State Park in Minnesota has a fast running river but no mosquitoes. It's the only place I know of in Minnesota where you can camp without mosquitoes.

  2. Eat 2 or 3, they see you as a preditor, and stay away.