Wednesday July 13, 2016
Insect Repellent for Golfers
We are all getting that summer feeling at the moment; holidays, sun, calendars full of fun events, and possibly the Golf Open is one of them. If you are staying in the UK for the summer be warned, the Scottish midges are out in high numbers just now, so watch out and don’t forget to wear your insect repellent!
The Golf Open 2016
This week, from the 10th to 14th of July, one of the biggest sports events of the year will take place at the idyllic coastal town of Troon. If you are taking a trip to Troon for the Golf Open, take note that the West of Scotland is truly wonderful, with stunning golden sand beaches and crystal clear water (though stick your toes in before you decide to go for a swim as it is likely to be pretty cold). And while you are in Troon, why not take the dog for a walk along the beach, where you can look out to the island of Arran, and breathe in the fresh seaside air. This is the 145th Golf Open, where the skilled players will be competing for the renowned Claret Jug at the Royal Troon Golf Club. The Royal Troon Golf Club, home to one of the greatest links courses in Scotland, has been open since the year of 1878, and is ranked as the 77th best golf course in the world; 12th in Scotland.
Midge Bite Protection
For many players, golf is a game mastered through focus, skill and months of thorough preparation. And for those committed watchers of the golf, the game provides excitement, intensity and lots of ‘ooh and ahh’ moments.
Scotland, unfortunately is home to two biting insects that have a bad reputation.
The Scottish midge, although often not visible to the eye, unless in a swarm, can make you itch like you never have before. Scotland, even in the summer months can often be damp and humid, which is a perfect habitat for the midges and so, if you are going to the Golf Open this year, it would be best advised to take a bottle of Trek Midge repellent with you. This repellent contains 20% micro-encapsulated Saltidin®, which gives you protection from midges and ticks for up to 12 hours, from a single application.
We would also advise you to wear long-sleeved and lightly coloured clothing to reduce your chance of getting bitten by these notorious wee beasties! For protection for your face and neck, why not purchase our pop-up hat and head net? It also has an adjustable drawstring and toggle so you can get a perfect fit. For full upper body protection against midges, the midge jacket is a great option for golf spectators.
Another great tip to avoid getting attacked by a swarm of midges, would be to avoid wearing any perfume or aftershave when you are outside at the Open, instead save it for the celebrations later!
Also if you do get bitten by midges, we have a great solution. We have a Bug Bite Relief spray, which provides fast and effective relief, through the use of the key ingredient; soothing aloe vera.
Beware of Tick Bites
Ticks are also common in Scotland, particularly in areas of tall grass, so be sure that when you are watching the Open, to wear long trousers and sturdy boots or trainers, with no holes. When ticks bite you, you may not even realise that you have been bitten, as often there is no bump or swelling. However, a red mark may be visible and if you look closely, you may be able to see the tick, which has attached itself under your skin. You should always have a tick remover to hand so that you can instantly and effectively remove the tick. Some tick bites are infectious and carry the Borrelia burgdorferi bacterium, which can then lead to the deadly Lyme disease, also contracted by the famous singer Avril Lavigne.
Follow these steps to avoid tick bites, and if you apply Trek Tick Repellent to areas of exposed skin prior to a golf game, you should have an amazing and hassle-free time in Troon. It will be a thoroughly enjoyable Open this year, with many new rising stars. We hope you enjoy!