Scotland....midges.

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  1. tony_g

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    Just back from a couple of months round Italy and a variety of itchy bites from the lakes via Naples to Florence. Even our tropical strength sprays seemed barely effective. Now we find ourselves, unusually, in the UK for July and are thinking about a quick 3/4 weeks to Scotland.... Highlands and the odd Island. Am aware that Scotland has a significant population of whining irritating wildlife but am more concerned about midges. Just how bad is it in July around lochs and along the west coast? o_Oo_Oo_O
     
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    worst possible months, hee hee, try Avon "oh so soft" as recommended to the military.
     
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    Can be bad, depends on the weather.

    Smidge is my preferred option lasts longer and is more effective than Avon so soft. We also fit midge nets to all the windows that we like to have open. Evenings spent surrounded by citronella candles and joss sticks, usually work fine.
     
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    Bad.
    Pray for wind.
    Use SMIDGE.
     
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    Been there, it can be fine during the day especially if there is a breeze but still evenings can be difficult! I would recommend Smidge over anything else. You can buy it locally in places like Fort William* or on line before you go.

    If it gets too difficult just head to the east coast. Plenty to see there if you look.

    *bit of a hint that.
     
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    Fort William on the agenda already and Kyle and Applecross. Haven"t been up there since 1975.
    Seem to remember (barely) relying on joss sticks and other chemicals then!
    Where can I get midge nets?
     
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    Smidge purchased already
     
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    We buy the midge net material from :

    http://www.midgie.net/netting.htm

    Only takes a couple of days to be delivered, you need to work out how to attach, we use elastic edging and hooks for the vents and non slip tape for the windows. Best fit is velcro but we do not like how it looks.
     
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    You can of course get the full body version if you want to be ultra-modern fashionistas :LOL:
    [​IMG]

    But seriously, when I've used a head net I've had to wear it over a hat otherwise I feel really claustrophobic. HOWEVER since I discovered Smidge I've never needed it.
    (Also learned to avoid setting up the tent in damp corners of fields DOH)
     
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    What do these midges do then?
     
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    I wasn't fishing , I am just curious how bad they are.

    Do we have them down South or are they different?
     
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    really bad.. they will drive you nuts if you are not protected
     
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    Properly known as

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    scientific name Culicoides impunctatus

    known to all Scots and other victims as midgies (not midges) or something rather more rude, the little biters
     
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    Many years ago when were courting, Jan and I were sitting in the car watching the Midge swarms.. but she was desperate for the loo.. so out she popped to pee in the bushes.. I locked the door .. she went berserk trying to get back in to avoid midge bites.. she was bitten from head to toe and all over her .. err privates.. :eek:

    Looking back it was a cruel thing to do.. she never forgave me.. :(
     
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    A recent post from South Wales on a facebook group was also complaining about the Midgies when they wild camped down there so not just Scotland. We also got a load at Keilder water on the C C site some time ago.

    I always check the forecast here before we go North, at the moment it's quite bad in the West. Fort William is one of the hot spots for them, if it's not windy. (n) :eek:
     
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