One of my favourite things about summer is the start of the festival season. However, it seems that we are not the only ones that love to spend our weekends in a field listening to music. Festivals are prime locations for pests!
Let’s face it, the last thing you want whilst you’re enjoying your festival weekend is to be bothered by pests. Thankfully there’s a couple of prevention techniques you can enlist to help keep your weekend pest-free.
Common pests found at festivals
Although it can vary depending on where you live, generally, the most common pests found at festivals are:
Festival pest prevention
Whether you’re heading to Glastonbury, Pinkpop festival, or thinking about going to Coachella next year, adopting the following tips and tricks will help keep your festival experience pest-free.
1. Tent location
Where you decide to pitch your tent can have an impact on how prone you are to being hounded by mosquitoes and other pests.
When setting up your tent, it’s a good idea to try and find a spot away from areas where water can collect such as rivers, ponds, and water drinking facilities. Standing water is a prime mosquito hotspot as it offers them a superb breeding location.
Similarly, campsite bins are also a hotspot for pests such as wasps, ants and flies. The discarded food supplies these insects with a free buffet.
Setting up your tent away from these areas can help prevent these pests from invading your tent.
2. Insect repellent
Insect repellent is a great way to keep biting insects at bay. Remembering to pack a good supply for insect repellent in your backpack needs be top of your checklist.
Insect repellent can be purchased from any supermarket or pharmacy. It is recommended that you apply a liberal dosage to all exposed parts of your body. This will help prevent getting bitten by biting insects such as mosquitoes, and stop your days being consumed by scratching those annoying bites.
3. Dispose of rubbish
Disposing of rubbish and food waste on a frequent basis will help prevent pests during your festival weekend.
Along with insect repellent, it’s a good idea to bring some bin liners with you to a festival. Regularly clearing your tent of food waste and empty drinks containers will reduce the appeal to pests by limiting the food source available. The last thing you want to find after a long day of enjoying the sun and listening to music is your tent invaded by ants and other crawling insects.
4. Pick the right tent
Let’s face it, you’re going to spend a whole weekend sleeping in a tent, picking the right one is important!
There are numerous tents on the market, so choosing which one to purchase can be tricky. To help prevent wasps and mosquitoes it’s highly recommended that you pick a tent which has a built in insect net. This will ensure that your sleeping is not ruined by biting insects.
Although pop-up tents seem like a good idea – being quick and easy to set up – they aren’t the best at keeping insects out.
5. Wear suitable clothing
Wearing the right clothing can go a long way in helping to keep your festival pest-free.
Stinging insects are attracted to bright colours. It’s a good idea to avoid wearing brightly coloured clothing to help reduce the possibility of getting stung, unless you want everyone to see you dancing around like a headless chicken trying to run away from a wasp.
Choosing to wear long sleeved clothing can also both help reduce the risk of being stung by a wasp and bitten by a mosquito as it limits the areas of your skin which are exposed.
Combine this with the application of an insect repellent and you can drastically reduce the risk of getting stung or bitten by an insect.