I just spoke at a campground that was invested by mosquitoes. The organizer wanted us outside. I braced myself for lots of squishing as I delivered my message. However, we all prayed the place bug-free and the leader helped God out by thoughtfully lighting several bug deterrent candles and placing them on each table. What a difference it made to both us and to the bugs. Not one of them lost their lives during my message.
How do you keep bugs away? Some people advise certain soaps. Other people say strive to smell like nothing because bugs like pretty scents. You can always wear long pants and shirts but that is miserable on a hot day. Why not just go camping in the off bug season if you can figure out when that is. Eat garlic and be safe but let your love life suffer. If you keep your campsite scrupulously clean you will have fewer bugs and of course also fewer bears.
The one thing most people seem to agree on is to throw a branch of sage into your camp fire. Works like a charm but of course first, you have to grow the sage!
Even God had a problem with bugs now and again.
God saw that human evil was out of control. People thought evil, imagined evil—evil, evil, evil from morning to night. God was sorry that he had made the human race in the first place; it broke his heart. God said, “I’ll get rid of my ruined creation, make a clean sweep: people, animals, snakes and bugs, birds—the works. I’m sorry I made them.”(Genesis 6:7, MSG)
Prayer- Lord we strive to be grateful for all of your creation, even the bugs. Amen.