Midge Season in the
is usually mid-May to late September. Even in this period – sometimes, there
are none at all. Other times, there are zillions.
If badly bitten (this is, you have a lot of bites), over-the-counter anti-histamine tablets such as Piriton may help reduce the itching – but these tablets can cause drowsiness or dizziness in some people, so beware if driving.
In midge season…
· Stay indoors on calm and damp (or humid) mornings and evenings.
· Keep doors and windows closed. It is better to be a bit warm and stuffy than to invite a swarm of midges into your house…!!!
If you HAVE to go out…
· Use midge repellent on all exposed skin. I favour ‘Jungle Formula’ which comes as a spray, roll-on or lotion, in ‘normal’ or ‘extra’ strength. The ‘extra’ can sting a bit when applying, but it is VERY effective, and remains so for many hours. I understand a product called ‘Smidge’ is also very effective, but I haven’t used it myself. Some people swear by
‘Skin So Soft’ – I am not convinced!
· Wear long-sleeved tops and long trousers. Tuck your trousers into your socks and keep your collar buttoned up tight. You won’t look silly – everyone else will look the same… If you are going to be outside for a long time, get yourself a midge hood or midge jacket.
· Keep moving. Midges have a maximum flying speed of about 2mph, so if you keep walking briskly, they can’t keep up with you!
· Only go out when there is a breeze. Midges can only fly if the wind speed is under about 5mph, so where there is a breeze, you will not be troubled by midges.
· Keep a can of fly-spray in the car. After getting into your car on a midgy morning/evening, you may find several hundred of them have come in with you. A few puffs of fly spray will eradicate most of them – and they are so tiny, you will never find the bodies.
· Sit about outside when there is no breeze, especially under trees or close to bushy vegetation.
· Wear loose clothing – especially a kilt….!!!
· Leave the bedroom window open overnight.
· Even THINK about having a BBQ on that warm, quiet evening…
· And don’t hate midges – they were on the planet before humans!