walkhighlands

This forum is for general discussion about walking and scrambling... If writing a report or sharing your experiences from a route, please use the other boards.

Midges mid June Scotland this year

Re: Midges mid June Scotland this year

Postby Mouse1903 » Thu Jun 24, 2021 8:02 pm

I've used all the repellents including Smidge and to be blunt they are all crap :lol:
Mouse1903
Munro compleatist
 
Posts: 8
Munros:101   Corbetts:5
Grahams:7   
Sub 2000:15   
Joined: Aug 9, 2020
Location: Aberdeenshire

Re: Midges mid June Scotland this year

Postby prog99 » Thu Jun 24, 2021 9:06 pm

I’ve used vitamin b patches before as an experiment and it was pretty interesting. They still swarmed but never bit me but others who didn’t use them were used as target practice.
I really should buy some more and have another go.
User avatar
prog99
Munro compleatist
 
Posts: 1506
Joined: Aug 14, 2013
Location: Highlands

Re: Midges mid June Scotland this year

Postby bar72 » Mon Jun 28, 2021 9:42 am

teaspoon a day of Apple Cider Vinegar, taken in a glass of water, 3 days before you head off reduces them quite a bit on me. Acidity levels must be higher in my sweat, keeping them away from me ;
User avatar
bar72
Wanderer
 
Posts: 133
Munros:282   Corbetts:50
Grahams:17   Donalds:11
Sub 2000:45   
Joined: Jun 14, 2012
Location: Fife, Scotland

Re: Midges mid June Scotland this year

Postby Low Level Walker » Mon Jun 28, 2021 11:14 am

This is an interesting thread. Would be interesting to see if someone came up with a definitive solution :lol: :lol:

On that note, did anyone see the program on BBC Scotland Saturday night (name escapes me) about them?

Certainly an interesting program, but after it both the wife and I were feeling all itchy, scratchy and clawy. Jeez, even seeing them for that length of time creates that in me :shock:
Low Level Walker
Scrambler
 
Posts: 50
Joined: Jan 30, 2019

Re: Midges mid June Scotland this year

Postby Caberfeidh » Wed Jun 30, 2021 9:49 am

User avatar
Caberfeidh
Stravaiging
 
Posts: 7709
Joined: Feb 5, 2009

Re: Midges mid June Scotland this year

Postby matt_outandabout » Wed Jun 30, 2021 12:20 pm

Another few thoughts:

- Do you all have a sprig of crushed Bog Myrtle - this is a natural midge repellant.

- if midges are such a pain, how come they don't get mentioned in historic writing? Old Rabbie Burns moaned about everything and anything, but doesn't mention midges. Does this mean that something has changed environmentally to make them worse than they have been before? Are our diets different? etc...
matt_outandabout
Wanderer
 
Posts: 273
Munros:63   Corbetts:23
Grahams:21   Donalds:26
Sub 2000:24   Hewitts:158
Wainwrights:151   Islands:18
Joined: Nov 3, 2013

Re: Midges mid June Scotland this year

Postby 1Magnus » Wed Jun 30, 2021 1:51 pm

- if midges are such a pain, how come they don't get mentioned in historic writing? Old Rabbie Burns moaned about everything and anything, but doesn't mention midges. Does this mean that something has changed environmentally to make them worse than they have been before? Are our diets different? etc...


Areas which are easy for us to travel to these days were barely populated in earlier times, for the reasons discussed on this forum thread. The few people who were condemned to living in those dire areas were usually not the ones privileged enough to leave a historical record. Also, the people who had to live in these areas may not really ever have left them, and they may well have thought that it's normal to have midges and keds crawling all over you. (I work on medieval literature).
1Magnus
Mountain Walker
 
Posts: 48
Munros:126   
Joined: Apr 18, 2015

Previous



Walkhighlands community forum is advert free


Your generosity keeps this site running.
Can you help support Walkhighlands and the online community by donating by direct debit?



Return to General discussion

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: earthdragon64, michaelknipe and 10 guests