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New midge repellent - Smidge


Phil_Restan 9 280 9 Scotland
31 Aug 2010 9:28PM
For anyone looking for a midge repellent, there is a new one on the market. Smidge , I havenít tried it myself yet but itís produced by the same people that produce the midge forecast . They've been studying midges for some years so itís likely to be good, but I canít guarantee it. It is just another one to try.

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JohnParminter 8 1.3k 14 England
31 Aug 2010 10:06PM
Might give this a shot Phil but up to now the old Avon Skin-so-Soft is the only stuff that prevents them from biting, it doesn't however prevent them from swarming around me and entering my ears, eyes, nose and gob though.......

Sad

JP
chris.maddock 13 3.5k United Kingdom
31 Aug 2010 10:11PM

Quote:Might give this a shot Phil but up to now the old Avon Skin-so-Soft is the only stuff that prevents them from biting, it doesn't however prevent them from swarming around me and entering my ears, eyes, nose and gob though.......


Phew, it's not just me then.
I was wondering if the stuff did actually work - like you, I still get them all over me but no bites.
MrsS 8 4.5k 18 England
31 Aug 2010 10:16PM
The pharmacist in Kyle recommended Smidge last week when I was there. Certainly didn't get any more bites, but the best purchase for me was the midge hood made out of mosquito net, as the worst thing for me is having them swarm round my head - really freaks me out! Still had the swarms, but they didn't land and the physical barrier made all the difference to my mental state! Wink

Got a few funny looks, but hey, who cares?? Grin
MikeH 10 217 4 England
31 Aug 2010 10:17PM
Just come back from the Isle of Mull and the Avon skin so soft performed flawlessly if you don't mind smelling like a baby!!
Mike
JohnParminter 8 1.3k 14 England
31 Aug 2010 10:19PM
I've been driven to absolute torment on occasion Chris with the thousands of swarming blighters just constantly buzzing and totally annoying the hell out of me when I have been patiently waiting for a shot. On a few occasions I have just packed up and ran for my life to the relative safety of somewhere with a gentle breeze.

Even though I have dramatically lessened the chances of getting bitten by using S-s-S the sheer annoying factor of them can drive me mental.

I have thought about buying one of them net hats Fran, could be a dandy purchase..

John
Snapper Plus
10 3.9k 3 United States Outlying Islands
31 Aug 2010 10:20PM

Quote:Might give this a shot Phil but up to now the old Avon Skin-so-Soft is the only stuff that prevents them from biting, it doesn't however prevent them from swarming around me and entering my ears, eyes, nose and gob though.......

Phew, it's not just me then.
I was wondering if the stuff did actually work - like you, I still get them all over me but no bites.



This is the con trick with the use of the word "repellent" as they aren't really repelled away from you, only that they're put off their dinner (you!). I've been in NW Sutherland over the past 3 weeks or so and the lack of wind has meant the midges were atrocious. I think the tourist board must pay the Midge Forecast people not to cover that far!
JohnParminter 8 1.3k 14 England
31 Aug 2010 10:25PM
On the last couple of trips to the highlands they have actually bit me in the eye, in my torment I have frantically rubbed my eyes but must have got one or two in and they have bitten me on the inside of my eyelid with the resulting bloodshot eyes for 3 days later.
Nightmare....
lobsterboy Plus
11 14.4k 13 United Kingdom
31 Aug 2010 10:29PM

Quote:On the last couple of trips to the highlands they have actually bit me in the eye,


Ohh god - thats like some sort of horror movie!
User_Removed 7 2.2k 3 United Kingdom
31 Aug 2010 10:30PM
Skin-so-soft for me too. Been out in the Dark Peak this evening shooting and despite being beset by millions of the buggers came away without a bite. Tis black magic i tell you Grin
MrsS 8 4.5k 18 England
31 Aug 2010 10:31PM
Sounds horrendous, John!


Quote:I have thought about buying one of them net hats Fran

Best £4.49 I spent last week. It's now permanently resident in my camera bag. We even met a fellow photographer at the Kerrang (!) who had bought a midge jacket with hood included - he reckoned it was well worth the cash he paid too Smile
Scutter Plus
7 1.7k 6 United Kingdom
31 Aug 2010 10:46PM
Monitoring this thread with interest as I have just recovered from a week of being subjected to Transylvanian mosquitoes who are clearly immune to DEET! They are Dracula's little helpers I swear! I came up in enormous lumps and blisters despite using Jungle Formula and various antihistamines. I am convinced that I have been injected with vampire DNA as a result (and I get quite excited when the moon rises come to think of it!!)

I have also had my fill (no- they had their fill come to think of it!!) of Skye midges having spent several months up there many moons ago. They are evil little sods. I find that they don't bother me too much at the time of attack but between 12 and 48 hours afterwards when I go crazy! I favour the physical barrier approach but I would be happy to smell like a tart's boudoir as well if the potions work!!

I hope the little sods have all died by the time Pitlochry comes around.............
MrsS 8 4.5k 18 England
31 Aug 2010 10:49PM

Quote:I hope the little sods have all died by the time Pitlochry comes around.............

Me too!!!!



But I'll be bringing my new "head"net, just in case! Wink
Camairish 9 1.4k Scotland
31 Aug 2010 10:53PM
The Kerrang!!! You mean Quiraing I hope. Both have a heavy rock element though I suppose.

Keep travelling north - they love the English blood. They'll fly for miles and tell all their friends if there's a tasty southerner around - us Scots have too much cholesterol in our blood making it too viscous to suck up through their wee proboscii.
Scutter Plus
7 1.7k 6 United Kingdom
31 Aug 2010 10:54PM

Quote:I hope the little sods have all died by the time Pitlochry comes around.............
Me too!!!!

But I'll be bringing my new "head"net, just in case! Wink



hmmm, I might have to nick one of the Mother-in-Law's net curtains then...............Tongue

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