I hate annoying bugs and I want to kill them all! Unfortunately they are very important to our ecosystem and we shouldn't kill them. So here are a bunch of ways to repel insects and bugs while you are camping:
Lemon Eucalyptus Oil: I heard that this is just as effect as the stuff in insect repellent. It's also used to prevent deer tick bites. Spray it on your skin and be bug free!
Soybean Oil: Can keep mosquitoes away for about 1 hour and 15 minutes!
Dryer Sheets: If you put a dryer sheet in your pocket while you hike or camp, it can repel all sorts of insects and bugs like gnats, flies, and mosquitoes.
Garlic: If you eat so much that you sweat garlic, bugs will stay away from you. But your friends might too.
Herbs: Place basil, citronella, lemongrass, and mint plants around the campground to help repel insects and bugs.
Cinnamon: If you pour cinnamon on the ant hills, they go crazy and will leave. Pour some in a half circle in front of you tent too prevent ants from coming into your tent.
Baking Soda: A less expensive alternative to cinnamon. Repels ants/bugs and stops ant trails.
Baby Powder: Sprinkle around the camp ground to repel Bees and Wasps.
Get Rid Of Standing Water: Bugs and Insects love standing water like swamps, puddles, open cans, and beer/food/drink liquid.
Make A Trap: If you get a cup, fill it with water, add sugar, make a cone out of paper/tape and place it so that it goes into the cup but doesn't touch the water; you can make yourself a trap for most bugs with wings. Put it in random places around camp or the perimeter and catch all the bugs before they get to you.
Citrus Peels: If you have ants, especially red ants. The ants will eat the citrus and die because they cant handle the acid.