I have found it worthwhile to carry a bit of mosquito netting to put over my face while sleeping. This is light and works well for me. Careful choice of a campsite makes all the difference, and on my last trip (2009) to the Sierra, there was only one night when mosquitos were an issue. Not worth hauling a heavy tent with full on bug protection. Earlier in the year (right after the snowmelt) they can be a much bigger problem, and are less so at the end of summer and are all but gone in the fall.


I have yet to encounter these in the Sierra. The big worry with ticks is Lyme disease, but as you can see from the following map, this is really only a big issue in the northeast part of the country.
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