Mosquito season is here and there are several things YOU can do to help control these pesky and dangerous bugs while camping (or at home).
If you have a boat, chances are it collects water…just where mosquitoes breed. Flip the boat and leave it in a position it will not collect water.
If you have a bird bath or pet bowls on your lot, please dump them every time you leave and turn them upside down to prevent collection of water.
If you have any other product or receptacle on your lot that might collect water, please get rid of it or turn it over.
Burn Sage or Rosemary in your outdoor fires, those little buggers hate it and will stay away!
If you are at home, plant fever few, citronella, catnip and lavender, they are four of the most effective plants for keeping away mosquitoes. Bring some with you when you camp!
It’s not just the bite but what mosquitoes carry that is the danger. Several varieties of Encephalitis are carried by mosquitoes. Older diseases have been Malaria, Dengue, Yellow Fever and a variety of encephalitis including West Nile (WN), Eastern Equine (EEE), Western Equine (WEE), Saint Louis (SLE), and LaCrosse (LAC) viruses. More recently in the news is the new Zika virus which causes micro-encephalitis in new-born babies. For pet lovers there is Dog Heart worm which infects all breeds of dogs and cats.
So be alert to standing water in flower pots, old tires, boats and bird baths. Dump them out. And if you see standing water in your yard or your campsite, take actions to drain it or fill it. We don’t want anyone catching any of these diseases.
Oh, yes, did we mention Chikangunya? Yet another virus carried by the mosquito species Asian Tiger Mosquito (Aedes albopictus) and the Yellow Fever Mosquito (Aedes aegypti). Genetically, it appears that viral strain currently spreading throughout the Americas is more easily transmitted by Ae. aegypti. Both species lay their eggs in containers such as cans, discarded tires and other items that hold water close to human habitation, but Ae. aegypti is more geographically confined to the southeastern United States. Traditional mosquito methods of truck-mounted and aerial sprays are ineffective in controlling these mosquitoes. Removal of water-bearing containers and sanitation are key preventive strategies. The name “Chikungunya” is attributed to the Kimakonde (a Mozambique dialect) word meaning “that which bends up”, which describes the primary symptom – excruciating joint pain. Although rarely fatal, the symptoms are debilitating and may persist for several weeks. There is no vaccine and primary treatment is limited to pain medication.
One of the best parts of any camping trip is the fire cooked or grilled food, snacks, and cold drinks enjoyed with family and friends. Thanks to all of the hazards that could affect your food, and therefore your fun, we have compiled a list of tips to help any and all campers keep their camping food safe from the outside elements, and safe to eat!
Freeze water jugs or bottles to place in the bottom of your cooler. This way you have ice, water, and little to no mess.
Make sure your cooler is air tight so smells don’t get out, alerting bugs and animals to your goodies.
Keep meats, fruits, and vegetables in their own separate containers to avoid cross contamination.
Keep nonperishables in their own separate air tight container so smells don’t get out, alerting bugs and animals to your goodies.
Bring 2 thermometers, one for the internal temp of your cooler (41 degrees Fahrenheit is the optimal temp to keep perishables fresh) and one for meat if your cooking chicken or pork.
Cook only what you know you and your group will eat. This way you have less food out at one time, and less waste.
Speaking of waste, make sure to dispose of all of your waste in a designated area away from your camping site.
If you are in an area where large animals are a threat, keep your food away from your sleeping area during the night, like up in a tree or locked in a vehicle.
We hope you find these tips helpful during your camping adventures! If you have any other tips that have worked well for you, share them with us on Facebook and we will feature them!
It doesn’t get much better than a weekend or vacation camping and golfing. Whether you are coming out to the campground to relax, or take advantage of multiple amenities, we suggest taking a moment to practice your mini golf skills. Play a game for fun with the family, or take on some serious practice time and build your skills.
The best new mini-golf course in Virginia is right here at Small Country Campground. Built just two years ago, our mini golf course has hosted many great family games, annual charity tournaments benefiting fantastic charities, even senators have putted here. We are excited to provide all of our campers the opportunity to get out on the course during their stay with us.
Even if you are not camping, you can still join in on the fun with a day pass. Our day pass provides entry to all of our fantastic amenities, including our mini golf course, the sparkling blue pool, Lake Ruth Ann and all of the giant water toys, and of course the playgrounds for the kiddos. Don’t forget to stop by the Sugar Shack for a snack!
This 18-hole championship course is also 100% ADA accessible. It is important to us that everyone who wants to golf has the opportunity to do so. There is an accessible route to the entrance and exit of the miniature golf course, and all 18 holes are accessible as well.
This year’s mini golf charity tournament takes place over the first weekend in June. To date we have raised over $20,000! We hope to see many guests and visitors on the golf course again this year. Entry is only $10.00 and the money raised is split between the wining team and charity.
Come out and take a swing, there is plenty of fun for the entire family at Central Virginia’s Funnest Campground!