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  • I genuinely want to eradicate every midge on the planet.
  • Ambrose
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    Persuade me I’m wrong.

    My skin swells up with every and any bite from the little bundles of joy. I can either play repellent roulette, because it may or may not work, or I can avoid my garden in the morning and evening if there is no wind. I hate them so much.

    andrewh
    Free Member

    I met some Norwegians who couldn’t understand what all the fuss was about, nowhere near as many as they get🤷‍♂️
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    Also, repellents are hopeless, get a net. Or a lot of bats.

    trail_rat
    Free Member

    Midges . Great for keeping Scotland from being over run by visitors.

    Also I’ve not met a single person who’s blood the midges don’t prefer to mine so as long as I keep a sacrafice near by I’m safe enough from the swarms.

    matt_outandabout
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    esselgruntfuttock
    Free Member

    Typically it’s only the women that bite, apparently.

    scaredypants
    Full Member

    They fulfil an important ecological role.  Without any natural predators, rambler numbers would become unsupportable and village shops across the region would be systematically emptied of their mint cake and ultimately destroyed by angry mobs when supply chains can’t keep up

    dyna-ti
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    oldnpastit
    Full Member

    There are far worse things than midges. Current candidates for Tory leadership for example.

    granny_ring
    Full Member

    Typically it’s only the women that bite, apparently.

    🙂

    Rubber_Buccaneer
    Full Member

    I genuinely want to eradicate every midge on the planet

    So why do you keep feeding them?

    matt_outandabout
    Full Member

    Typically it’s only the women that bite, apparently.

    And it’s part of the breeding routine.

    Just saying.

    maccruiskeen
    Full Member

    My skin swells up with every and any bite from the little bundles of joy

    Keeping an after bite pen handy and using it quick is advisable.

    I seemed to hit a point where I stopped reacting to bites. I just get a flat red dot now where I’ve been bitten – like I’ve been dabbed with a bingo marker – but they no longer swell or itch. The turning point seemed to come after a having some really quite bizarre reactions to mosquito bites in the south of France. As in a dffierent weird reaction to to each bit – blisters with blisters inside, that had blisters inside , or  weird radiating scribbly black lines, all sorts of weird shit- old men in the villages would gather round in cafes and pojnt at them with their pipes and mutter  in hushed tones. Anyway after that I seemed to stop reacting to midge bites. So you could try that.

    Mikkel
    Free Member

    i am a natural midge repellent, scientifically proven and i still hate them.

    Aidy
    Free Member

    I’ve got one of those traps; they work – but they don’t seem that well built. Especially not for the money. Broke after a few years, I think it’s repairable, but I haven’t got around to it yet.

    fasthaggis
    Full Member

    Welcome to Scotland,wait till you meet Mr and Mrs Cleg,the midge will pale to insignificance 😉 😀

    flannol
    Free Member

    I react to them. I take a puritan after any and use anthisan topically on it for a day or so. I find catching it early enough with the antihistamine to be quite effective

    oldmanmtb2
    Free Member

    You take a Puritan? Hard to swallow or do you just rub it on?

    martinhutch
    Full Member

    I take a puritan after

    Sounds a bit sinful.

    lister
    Full Member

    This seems the right place to ask something I’ve been wondering about for a while.
    Midges eat other animal’s blood and because they are small I assume they don’t need much to fill them up but…
    high on the Cuillen ridge (or other high Rocky Mountain) where there are no deer or sheep there are millions of the buggers. What do they all eat? There aren’t that many climbers and walkers surely?

    MrPottatoHead
    Full Member

    I’m a midge magnet, my wife is a midge repellent. First day in Banff one summer and they were swarming around me. We stopped counting after 100 bites that night, and she had literally zero. I was covered in deet but didn’t seem to help. I’m itchy just thinking about it.

    Ambrose
    Full Member

    So… Nobody here has persuaded me that the wee feckkers should survive Anbrosemageddon (TM).

    downshep
    Full Member

    The wee horrors love me. Did 10 under the Ben one year and counted 400 bites on one leg. I just wear longs in summer now, avoid singletrack and carry a midge hood to wear if I get a mechanical. Clegs and ticks belong in the same fiery pit of hell, wee shites.

    markgraylish
    Free Member

    So… Nobody here has persuaded me that the wee feckkers should survive Anbrosemageddon (TM).

    No, feel free to kill them all off but make sure your solution is applied worldwide and not just the UK…

    tjagain
    Full Member

    What would bats and swallows eat if you kill off the midge?

    Smidge works btw

    colournoise
    Full Member

    Does Skin So Soft still work?

    oldmanmtb2
    Free Member

    Skin so soft works for me

    kayak23
    Full Member

    I just bought one of these for Glencoe.
    Hopefully it helps along with the Smidge, Avon, nets, Ak47.

    Current Smidge-midge-forecast. Where am I heading? That’s right, the only orange bit on the map! 😳🙄

    rakas
    Full Member

    The smokin’ midge definitely helps but the cones only last 20 mins at a time so you spend a lot of time messing around with it. Good in conjunction with everything else though 👍

    funkmasterp
    Full Member

    All you need to do is take out the source

    kerley
    Free Member

    You can get rid of midges if I can get rid of ticks

    tjagain
    Full Member

    You cannot get rid of them. The poor bats would starve as would swallows. A vital part of the food chain midges are.

    Use smidge. Its a game changer

    dovebiker
    Full Member

    Living on the west coast we’ve been almost midge-free all summer – even this morning where there’s barely any wind, just a couple buzzing around the dog as she’s sat outside. Ticks have been bad as we’ve had a very mild winter.

    boriselbrus
    Full Member

    I’ll take midges over clegs any day. Smidge and a net and the midges are OK, but I got swarmed by clegs at Culra 4 years ago and it was horrendous. They bite through your clothes and my legs looked like I’d been attacked with a chainsaw.

    matt_outandabout
    Full Member

    Use smidge. Its a game changer

    ☝️
    Plus, be careful around where you camp / cafe choice / break spot. I find that a) they’re not that bad most of the time b) you can avoid them regularly and c) smidge, net and thin gloves = bearable.

    maccruiskeen
    Full Member

    Does Skin So Soft still work?

    it works in preventing bites – theres no magic ingredient in it, it just by making you too slippery to bite. What it isnt is any kind of repellant so midges are still a nuisance. Smidge is a bit best of both – has that a bit of that oily quality (but not as strangely unctuous as SSS) but also stops you attracting them so dont swarm around you as much.

    pictonroad
    Full Member

    I suspect the people happy to live in midge zones treat them as a handy way to keep Southerners like me away.

    I react to them, last time I went to Scotland I came back 20% bigger from the swelling, (a quick way to check if I’d look ok carrying some timber) but it does render some absolutely beautiful places a no go for me. 😔

    Like the poster up there asked 👆what do they eat apart from tourists? Sheep?

    tjagain
    Full Member

    Won’t you think of the bats

    multi21
    Free Member

    tjagain
    Full Member

    Won’t you think of the bats

    What if we could eradicate the biting species and leave the rest, would that interest you?

    thecaptain
    Free Member

    What do they all eat? There aren’t that many climbers and walkers surely?

    The highland midge is unique (I think) in being able to breed without a blood meal.

    So they are biting us just for fun.

    johnx2
    Free Member

    I’m a midge magnet

    me too, if that’s not a typo.

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