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Critters in the Camp Various critters can invade a campsite, and the actions to rid them and the level of concern for health issues may vary. Here are some common critters you may encounter while camping and what to do about them: Mosquitoes: Mosquitoes are common in many camping areas and can spread diseases, including West Nile virus or Zika virus. To protect yourself, use insect repellent, wear long sleeves and pants, and set up mosquito netting around your sleeping area. If you develop sympt...