/ 2012 - worst midges ever
Anyone else notice loads of midges this year...?
Haven't experienced them much until today.
Gave me a load of grief it did, came out all blotchy.
Makes me climb like I've got ants in my pants
The fact it rained all night was made better by the thought of no midges in the rain on the walk out. So yes, its the worst ive known it
Nope, none in Shetland yet. Must be all this cold, dry, sunny weather with a constant Northerly wind we've had for the last month or so.
Seem really bad at the mo, glad it's not just me going mad, though!!! I guess it was warm in march and now it's dreich and warm..excellent breeding grounds...
They've been pretty grim in Glencoe! Certainly the worst in the 3 years I've lived here, getting a nice swarm of them in the Clachaig bar every evening after about 9pm!
only woke up to the lychin party one morning on Jura first week in June. 2nd week on Arnamurchan and Knoydart they were hobbled by sunshine and the north easterly.
I just spent a week in the highlands (mostly NW) and didn't get midged. Probably because the wind was up but the ground in the NW was very dry and most the bogs were dried / drying up. The level of the lochs / reservoirs was noticably lower than normal also.
As others have said, seems to be bad. Not been a problem until this week or so.
FFS!!! I'm glad when we were camping in that neck of the woods last month they hadn't woken up.
Funnily enough they have been benign in our garden in Edinburgh this year. Usually by now mowing the lawn is done in a bit of a hurry.
Agreed. We were climbing at Troy quarry on Monday night (Lancs) which is normally not too bad as it is very open and breezy but we had to pack up by 8.30 and flee to the pub. Going to wear goggles and an industrial face mask next time.
Not surprising really after months of 4 days of rain followed by a day and half of semi-sunshing. Very obvious how humid it is on the "sunny" days, even in an urban environment, with all the moisture burning out as soon as it gets a bit of heat on it.
I think I saw one at Bowles yesterday.....
You might say it's one of the advantages of living in the south, until you experience the moquitos in our woods (big four engined types) and the exceptionally high pollen count. My eyes were so puffed up on Tuesday I can hardly see to type.
It's the price of living in a nice place Heike. Another few weeks and Vallorcine will be full of Parisiens.
It smells quite nice and is not as sticky as Skin so soft.
The formula is more waterproof (sweat resistant) than most repellents, skin and climbing kit friendly (the active ingredient is called Saltidin and compares very favourably to DEET in research but it much more friendly to you, your skin, your kit and the environment).
Lots of details here: http://2010.midgeforecast.co.uk/images/uploads/Smidge%20January%202011.pdf
The one thing to say is that whilst it is pretty effective it is like all other repellents in that once sprayed on it forms a cocktail with your own bodily fluids. It is the effectiveness of the cocktail that is key (this is why some repellents seem to work better for some people and not others) that counts.
Get some and try it, it knocks spots off of skin so soft or any feet based formula.
Was fine on a wild weekend camping up Glenfinnan way until I had to answer one of nature's less pleasant calls. Dipped in the woods... b*stards all over my legs ...
> It's the price of living in a nice place Heike. Another few weeks and Vallorcine will be full of Parisiens.
Do they also bite and sit on you...?
Trust me, even midges won't go near my feet
Unless you have experienced it you can have no idea about the impossibility of dealing with an intense midge swarm for any length of time.
I have sat inside by tent wearing a baraclava and a hanky over my mouth to filter midges out of my tea. I have seen a guy run screaming from his tent and dive into the sea to get out of the swarm.
Deet is, at best, a limited answer, a special head-net and complete body coverage is the only real answer. We climbed onto the Skye ridge and bivied on a summit where the wind kept them away on one occasion.
Scottish tourism's greatest challenge?
My head net it always in my sack in summer and The Ice Factor a selling line of upper body net jackets which look quite tempting!
wow that's bad
> Do they also bite and sit on you...?
Worse than that. They wear pink silk scarves, smell of perfume (the men) and rancid sweat (the women), drive large cars that are not equipped with direction indicators and look down their long superior noses at everyone else. Midges... luxury!
Thanks to 6 weeks of virtually no rain and a nice north easterly breeze their numbers are depleted(temporarily ) in Gairloch and environs.
Been discussing this recently at work. Worst year for midges in cumbria for a long time.
I got utterly savaged at the LAMM this year(Cruachan area). I thought they were bad at Glenfinnan a few years back but this lot had a rabidity about them I've never experienced before. They even got in behind my ear plugs!!
I ended up with several hundred bites on my legs as a result of going for a midnight p*ss. Cue a week of calamine lotion and antihistamines. Legs like salami.
Anywhere that sells Life Systems gear.eg Cotswold Camping.
Some fishing shops sell them as well.
Been using them for years and there's nothing better!
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