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RichardB 15 328 United Kingdom
17 May 2007 6:12PM
I'm planning a trip to Scotland this summer.

Not the best time of year for photographs I know, but hey ho. Now I have been told that the midges are going to feast on my blood Sad

I am also told:
They can't fly fast so only get you when you stand still, but I might want to stand still at some point.
It is only the females that suck blood, but that means 50% of 'em are gonna be out to get me!
They don't like full sun much, suppose that's why they live in Scotland. Am I only to go out in the midday sun ?

What's the solution?
Is there an effective repellent to use?

Richard.

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riprap007 15 1.6k 37 England
17 May 2007 6:17PM
citrus oil appraently, and yes, they are hungry blighters and love eating me when I go there, forrests and still water are favourite haunts which is bad for photographers!
v8dunc 13 333 4 Scotland
17 May 2007 6:22PM
Hi Richard
The midges will only be near damp ground when it is not to hot or cold(morning and evening),mostly near rivers, lochs,sheltered areas round trees etc.If theres a bit of wind your ok.There not as bad as some people make out.They do seem to prefer southern blood to native Scots though.Happy shooting
Cheers Dunc
Hugeknot 15 1.2k 2 Iceland
17 May 2007 6:22PM
Drink a bottle of guiness in the morning, they will soon leave you alone.
strawman 16 22.1k 16 United Kingdom
17 May 2007 6:25PM
Pipe smoke works well too. Last summer one of the blighters go in the viewfinder. No idea where it is but I can no longer see it.
RichardB 15 328 United Kingdom
17 May 2007 6:27PM
Thanks - so it is keep away from the trees, make my porridge with Guiness and smoke a pipe when taking photographs !
Hugeknot 15 1.2k 2 Iceland
17 May 2007 6:31PM

Quote:keep away from the trees, make my porridge with Guiness and smoke a pipe when taking photographs !

In a nutshell Smile
davidcollins 14 108 1 Scotland
17 May 2007 6:31PM
i always use expedition 100 and it works very well and i live in scotland and work outside .they still land on you but do not bite hope this helps.
looboss 13 3.1k 7 United Kingdom
17 May 2007 6:33PM
A 50/50 mixture of baby oil and good old Detol, smells a bit but they leave you alone! you can substitute the baby oil with citrus oil, or olive oil if you wish LOL!
cheap, apply liberally and enjoy the migs Smile

I do not guarantee it 100% but its served me well.
RichardB 15 328 United Kingdom
17 May 2007 6:35PM
Thanks guys - I'll look that up
Hugeknot 15 1.2k 2 Iceland
17 May 2007 6:39PM
You could try these:
Vick's Vaporub, one vitamin B-1 tablet a day, rubbing a garlic clove pinched to get the juiceflowing all over exposed skin, mint and rosemary, Bounce (fabric softener) sheet on arms, legs and face, avoid wearing dark clothes.
KarenFB Plus
14 5.4k 176 England
17 May 2007 6:52PM
Marmite.
Honest, if you start eating marmite they'll leave you alone!!
RichardB 15 328 United Kingdom
17 May 2007 6:54PM
Marmite !!!

That sounds like a price too dear Tongue
KarenFB Plus
14 5.4k 176 England
17 May 2007 6:55PM
It's lovely - spread thickly on toast......MMMMmmm! Smile
RichardB 15 328 United Kingdom
17 May 2007 6:56PM
OK - I believe ya !

Thanks Karen .

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