Monday July 14, 2014
The music festival season is well under way and there are many more festivals to look forward to. If you’re heading to Scotland for a festival you might not be aware that they can be plagued with midges galore! As one of our team has experienced, it is no fun going to a music festival only to get eaten alive.
It might not be the first place you think of as a hot spot for insect bites. Scotland is not the tropics, we know. However, if you don’t know whether you are tasty to midges, it will be too late when you arrive! There are hungry blood sucking midges just waiting for you in the Scottish countryside….
"Midges are drawn to me like it’s their last meal! I’ve been eaten alive before when camping and visiting festivals in Scotland until I found Ecoguard midge. I love it and wouldn’t go without it", Sarah Gillham
"I use Ecoguard all the time, those little biters just love me and I always have a bad reaction to them. I go prepared with this repellent. It saved my skin at Belladrum festival last year! Thank you", Natalie Clark
Also did you know, the more active you are, the more attractive you are to those pesky insects?! Insects are attracted to humans by kairomones, such as carbon dioxide and lactic acid. Kairomones are produced by the body in line with your metabolic rate. So when you’re dancing and partying at festivals you are the perfect meal for midges!
Our midge head nets would not be practical for a music festival, but our easy to use spray repellent is ideal. Ecoguard Midge has a pleasant smell, comes in a spray bottle and is gentle on the skin. When applied it is non-greasy and non-sticky. If you are sweating a lot, you might have to apply it more often than usual, just like your sunscreen. Ecoguard Midge repellent can be packed easily and is available in a handy 60ml travel size spray bottle.
When using insect repellent with sunscreen we advise applying the sunscreen first, allowing it to absorb thoroughly into the skin and then applying the repellent after. The efficacy of the repellent should not be affected by sunscreen.
Here are some of the music festivals you can enjoy in Scotland this coming month:
Hebridean Celtic Festival 16 – 19 July – traditional folk and Celtic music
The Wickerman Festival 25 – 26 July – alternative music
Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival 8 – 9 August – Rock and pop