Midges, what really works?

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  • Premier Icon seosamh77
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    peterfile – Member
    Then, once in the tent, I had a huge red ring around the bottom of my back where my top had ridden up whilst pitching.

    Rookie mistake, always spray around around your waist line! Agree about them still swarming you though, they do, but least they don’t bite.

    jon1973
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    Tried to pitch the tent in quite possibly the worst midge swarm I have ever seen. I had scores of midges hanging from my eyelids

    That doesn’t sound like my idea of fun.

    Premier Icon matt_outandabout
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    Smidge has transformed summer up here.

    Avon just drowns the beggars one at a time it seems.
    Anything with deet/monster chemicals in burns my poor gentle skin and only lasts a couple of hours.

    Smidge just works, and for a long time.

    Premier Icon allfankledup
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    Sit on the beach with an offshore wind.

    Or buy a boat and admire the Scottish countryside whilst afloat

    Love from Ayrshire

    CountZero
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    Smidge just works, and for a long time.

    How much do you need to use?
    Just a sm…
    IGMC 😀

    Considering camping around Argyll/Loch Fyne and the Western Highlands sometime June/July – how bad is it likely to be? Worth putting off the trip or just go for it? Have survived South Florida but it took a loooong time for the buzzing blighters to go off me.

    Premier Icon BigDummy
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    Nothing really works, but the tantalising possibility that something might torments us as we scratch furiously.

    🙂

    peterfile
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    Malvern, in all honesty, not coming to Scotland because of midges is like not going to New York because you dont like hotdogs.

    Get some smidge and you’ll be fine. Honestly.

    Some of us manage camping in the NW every weekend (heck, some of us even work outside!) without much more than a few sweary words now and then.

    Midges don’t like direct sunlight, wind or smidge. You’ll almost always have at least one of those at your disposal.

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    Folks say Skin So Soft doesn’t work, I did some Science and put some on one arm not the other while camping in midge hell at inverarnan, left me in no doubt at all that it works, they still landed on both arms but they bit the **** out of the un-lubed arm… Also, you can combine it- SSS then a spray of some evil chemical over the top.

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    Northwind wrote:

    Folks say Skin So Soft doesn’t work, I did some Science and put some on one arm not the other while camping in midge hell at inverarnan, left me in no doubt at all that it works, they still landed on both arms but they bit the **** out of the un-lubed arm… Also, you can combine it- SSS then a spray of some evil chemical over the top.

    It does work – if applied liberally and often. As you’ve spotted, it’s not actually a repellant, it’s a barrier.

    Premier Icon ransos
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    The downside of SSS is you end up with a film of dead midges up your arms and legs.

    cfinnimore
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    Face net. Tuck it in.

    They won’t leave you alone so protect the fragile bits that get bitten anyway: ears, eyelids, nose.

    cfinnimore
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    Although I would no more camp in damp, overgrown vegetation next to still water in July than I would put my head in the oven.

    For the campsite, we had good results with mosquito coils. The midgies may just not have been present that night, although the pitter-patter of hungry midgies against tent fabric the next morning suggests otherwise…

    sweepy
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    Whatever you think works take a net for when it doesn’t.

    Mikkel
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    my sweat, scientifically tested and found to repel them.

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