Can You Get Bed Bugs While Tent Camping?

  • By: Anthony Paton
  • Date: June 23, 2022
  • Time to read: 4 min.

The one thing every traveler should be aware of when they travel abroad is a pesky little creature called bed bugs. These bloodsucking insects have been found in hotels and homes across the world.

What are the best ways to get rid of bed bugs? We looked into this question, along with other pesky household pests like ants and mosquitoes. Here’s what we found out there isn’t one single solution that will work for everyone.

Is it Possible to Get Bed Bugs While Tent Camping?

You can’t get bed bugs from outdoor tent camping. However, if someone stays in your tent and brings them along unaware of this fact then you might be at risk for getting bitten by an infestation.

It’s a good idea to be mindful of who goes inside your tent, as bed bugs can easily spread. They tend not only travel with us but also enter our homes through doorways and furniture that has been contaminated by an infected host a human being. So if you’re going out for camping trips make sure it’s just yourself staying behind no one else should spend any time inside those walls while we are away at camp or chillin’ around town (or both).

The good news is that you can get rid of bed bugs with some careful preparation and monitoring. Make sure to seal up all your belongings in favor, wear protective clothing when entering areas where there are suspected infestations of this pesky creatures and don’t forget about strategic spraying tactics too.

How Do You Remove Bed Bugs from a Tent?

If you discover bed bugs in your tent or camping gear, it’s important to get rid of them immediately.

Bed bug bites can make your skin irritated, sore and itchy. If you are not aware of how sensitive to these pests’ bites yours is then this will lead for worse reactions like infection.

Bed bugs are a persistent problem for campers, as they can go months without eating and withstand wide temperature ranges.

We’ve got some tips for getting rid of those pesky pests. You’ll want to follow these closely so they don’t come back.

Top Tips for Removing Bed Bug 

  1. Vacuum the inside of your tent, using an attachment for vacuuming. Vacuum out any crevices and seal up before disposal so you don’t spread it around.
  2. Cleaning the tent is a tedious process, but it needs to be done. Use your toothbrush and scrub along all seams of the fabric from top-to bottom in an effort get rid any eggs that may have laid there as well.
  3. Make sure you dry your tent in the dryer. We do not recommend putting it near heat, as this can cause wear and tear on both waterproof coating or fibers of fabric that make up for shelter but if want to use low settings like I did when heating mine (lower than 500 degrees), be careful about damaging either one.
  4. If you have a chest freezer, place your tent in it for four days to help kill off any remaining bugs or eggs.

Different Bugs You can Bring Back From a Camping Trip?

If you’re going tent camping, then bed bugs might not be a concern. But there is still the possibility of other insects and pests in your surroundings that could make for unpleasant experiences when out under the stars on an adventure through nature.



Fleas are pesky little creatures that love to bite anything they can get their teeth into. They carry diseases like bubonic plague or typhus, so you need to keep an eye out for them around your house and in the yard too.

One of the most important things to remember when camping with your pets, is that they need their own sleeping space. Allowing other people in communal tents leads to an increase risk for fleas and allergies so make sure there’s plenty ventilation while away from the tent.


Ticks are tiny creatures that can carry serious infections like Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and encephalitis. They’re most often found in wooded areas but have been known to crawl into homes through small cracks or holes on your property’s exterior walls.

Bug repellent is a must when you’re tent camping and it’s important to check yourself often for ticks. If your fellow camper has pets with them, then be sure they are checked too.



Chiggers are tiny bugs that live in the grass and brush. They’re common all over America, but you can find them especially where there’s high humidity like forests or swamps to help keep their populations controlled so they don’t spread too much.

Chiggers are tiny invertebrates that feed on decomposed tissue. They don’t burrow into your skin, but you can still get bitten if they inject enzymes and cause an allergic reaction in someone else. The most common place for these bites to occur is around the ankle area.

To avoid chiggers, set up your tent away from water sources and thick brush. And try to camp when it’s not sweltering or humid if possible because those are the types of conditions where these pesky insects thrive.

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