Midges in Scotland

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Midges in Scotland

Postby Barks » 25 Jun 2018, 3:23pm

I know that the midges in Scotland build in numbers from spring into summer but could someone pls advise when they start to decline and finally cease to be an issue? (I am thinking of a tour to West Scotland sometime from mid Sep to end of Oct).

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Re: Midges in Scotland

Postby feefee8 » 25 Jun 2018, 3:31pm

It can depend on the summer but they start tailing off in September, probably not much biting after mid-September.

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Re: Midges in Scotland

Postby Navrig » 25 Jun 2018, 3:57pm

It also depends where you are and how warm it is and has been.

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Re: Midges in Scotland

Postby gloomyandy » 25 Jun 2018, 5:39pm

Can vary a lot from place to place even in a small aera. Never had an issue on most of the islands with the exception of Rum! Was there last year visited Muck, Canna, Eigg and Rum. Only place I saw a midge was on Rum and oh my did I see a lot of them! At the moment it would seem that Glencoe is a good place to avoid...
https://www.smidgeup.com/midge-forecast/

In general they seem to be well in decline by the end of September, but we do seem to be having another interesting year in terms of weather, so who knows!

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Re: Midges in Scotland

Postby Greystoke » 26 Jun 2018, 7:20am

Awful!
Pitch your tent in the wind away from water and you'll be ok.
Take spray deodorant and spray inside the tent at night....that kills them.

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Re: Midges in Scotland

Postby Navrig » 26 Jun 2018, 7:24am

Arran is awful.
Kinlochleven scary.

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Re: Midges in Scotland

Postby Barks » 26 Jun 2018, 9:11am

Thanks to all - I particularly liked the ‘Smidge’ forecasting link. Looks like mid Sept then but still taking repellant, head net and mesh inner tent.

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Re: Midges in Scotland

Postby Navrig » 26 Jun 2018, 9:17am

Now starts the debate on which repellent!

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Re: Midges in Scotland

Postby mercalia » 26 Jun 2018, 1:17pm

i bet the midges are out in force the last few heatwave days?

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Re: Midges in Scotland

Postby pjclinch » 26 Jun 2018, 1:55pm

mercalia wrote:i bet the midges are out in force the last few heatwave days?


IME they're not particularly linked to hot days, just calm ones. I've been thoroughly feasted upon over mild evenings.
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Re: Midges in Scotland

Postby mercalia » 26 Jun 2018, 1:59pm

do the midges carry any diseases like Lymes?

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Re: Midges in Scotland

Postby feefee8 » 26 Jun 2018, 2:53pm

mercalia wrote:do the midges carry any diseases like Lymes?


None that I'm aware of. Just the ferocious eating and spoiling of outdoor activities of an evening!

You won't see them much in direct sunlight but once that starts dipping in the west, and usually the breeze goes with it, that's when you become fodder.

Clegs are pretty bad this year too. I'm not a fan of midges but I really, really don't like clegs and their bites.

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Re: Midges in Scotland

Postby pjclinch » 26 Jun 2018, 3:42pm

feefee8 wrote:
mercalia wrote:do the midges carry any diseases like Lymes?


None that I'm aware of. Just the ferocious eating and spoiling of outdoor activities of an evening!

You won't see them much in direct sunlight but once that starts dipping in the west, and usually the breeze goes with it, that's when you become fodder.


I haven't detected any obvious shortage in direct sun, TBH. They may get worse in the evening, but on West coast terms that goes from past intolerable to even worse than past intolerable...
I've never heard of any diseases from them, but some people react much more than others. My wife gets an itchy bump from each bite while I get a small red disc I don't notice other than visually that's gone the next day. So they're annoying to me, but much worse than that for those who react a lot.

feefee8 wrote:Clegs are pretty bad this year too. I'm not a fan of midges but I really, really don't like clegs and their bites.


Clegs aka Horse Flies. Big flies with a nasty bite that will go through a thin top quite easily. They don't come in clouds like midges do, but a bite is a clear "ow!" rather than slowly building irritation.

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Re: Midges in Scotland

Postby Navrig » 26 Jun 2018, 4:01pm

I react badly. I was bitten on Friday and still have a raised itchy bump.

Taking antihistamine for 2 weeks before being attacked and during the holiday can help.

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Re: Midges in Scotland

Postby feefee8 » 26 Jun 2018, 4:07pm

pjclinch wrote:
feefee8 wrote:
mercalia wrote:do the midges carry any diseases like Lymes?


None that I'm aware of. Just the ferocious eating and spoiling of outdoor activities of an evening!

You won't see them much in direct sunlight but once that starts dipping in the west, and usually the breeze goes with it, that's when you become fodder.


I haven't detected any obvious shortage in direct sun, TBH. They may get worse in the evening, but on West coast terms that goes from past intolerable to even worse than past intolerable...

Pete.


They are definitely much less noticeable in the daytime. I work in Fort William and we can sit out for lunch on a sunny day and get no bites 8) 8) . I doubt I'd be able to do the same for dinner tonight!