Scotland and Midges
What else would we loose from the ecosystem if we allowed some mad scientist to release a genetic mutation that rendered all midge impotent?
Swallows and House Martins maybe – I like swallows and all but could could live in a swallow and midge free world just fine! I guess the swallows might have a different opinion but then again they could have developed opposable thumbs and invented their own killer drugs and knocked us out first.Posted 4 years agomartinhutchSubscriber
One of my worst childhood memories is the day we parked up in Glencoe on an overcast August day and my dad insisted we all got out and went for a stroll.
This vid gives a flavour of what to expect if you stop moving on a still day…NSFW language…
[video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JpLTuBgfq8[/video]Posted 4 years agogusamcMember
take a smoker, coz me and dad made mum sit at tent door on bad days ..
take lots of water and cookers – boiling pans of water in front of tent door does appear to stop them
if nice weather I would camp in the open on top of a hill as wind can keep them down – avoid damp areas/long grass etc
for biking(*edit – walking and existing) take total cover gear – longs/long socks 3/4s, full tops, long gloves and a midge net that fits over helmet – looking like a tw*t is a lot better than being eaten alive on a slow uphill grindPosted 4 years agoglobaltiMember
Yes, you will die.
Camp in the most open, windy place you can find, well away from trees and bushes and near a pub where you can sit out the evenings. Take a repellant with DEET. Take a stack of mosquito coils and burn them around your tent.
….above all be prepared to give up by day 3 and head for a B&B or go home. You won’t be the first; several books have been written about the effect of the midge on Scotland’s economy.Posted 4 years agomushroomsMember
I spent a few summer holidays at this site and don’t remember midges being bad, it’s a very basic camping site but is well positioned to minimize midges.
https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=glasgow&daddr=Unknown+road&geocode=Fa1rVAMdYh-__ynrzlYgVhWISDEeUe8FuIPmcQ%3BFcidZAMd6XGm_w&aq=&sll=56.92492,-5.863459&sspn=0.008865,0.01899&vpsrc=6&t=h&hl=en&mra=ls&ie=UTF8&ll=56.926056,-5.867944&spn=0.008864,0.01899&z=16&iwloc=A&q=Unknown+roadPosted 4 years ago
The Skin so Soft thing.
It has never been marketed (by Avon) as a repellant and it isn’t one. If you ladle on enough of the stuff it drowns the little buggers when they land on you. If things are really bad, you’ll be scraping them off your arm. There is/was a US version of Skin so Soft that had a repellant in and was available via Amazon. NOT the stuff sold through Avon UK or in shops throughout the country though.Posted 4 years agorichmtbSubscriber
Smidge is good for limiting the number of bites you will get but you need to take other practical measures too.
When on the bike keep moving – this makes the biggest difference – if a friend gets a puncture abandon them to their fate!
Don’t camp next to trees, try and camp in open areas where there is a bit a breeze. Cover up as much as is practical. When they swarm just drop everything and run!Posted 4 years agobigjimSubscriber
Nets are the only real 100% defence, you can get some good midge suits that the forestry workers wear if you need to spend any time standing around, eg fishing, birding.
Smidge is alright for a bit and Skin so soft is alright, though it stinks and is pretty oily, my old man likes it though. Smoking is good too! Standing in the sea like the red deer works too…Posted 4 years ago
But normal SSS was being sold in outdoor shops like angling shops, for its midey properties (not getting into actual or perceived), they have now removed a component part of it which they believe was responsible for this because of a legal complication with it being sold for a purpose for which it was not intended.Posted 4 years ago
Here’s the Skin so Soft with Bug Repellant (IR3535)
I’ve used this in the past as it also has a sunscreen so it’s a reasonable all-in-one.Posted 4 years ago
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