Midges in Scotland

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mercalia
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Re: Midges in Scotland

Postby mercalia » 26 Jun 2018, 5:29pm

why so many in cold Scotland? we do have open non urban jungles in the south. or is it they like northern meat more ?
dont see any in London? lots of meat there

durhambiker
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Re: Midges in Scotland

Postby durhambiker » 26 Jun 2018, 5:43pm

never had a problem at all in sept.Arran.Oban
Skye.Uists.Benbeccula.Harris.etc..cycled all the way.20 musicfestivals in Tarbert.Jura..not 1 problem with midges i sept.

durhambiker
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Re: Midges in Scotland

Postby durhambiker » 26 Jun 2018, 5:44pm

mercalia wrote:why so many in cold Scotland? we do have open non urban jungles in the south. or is it they like northern meat more ?
dont see any in London? lots of meat there

they do not like chewin on southern softies!

robing
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Re: Midges in Scotland

Postby robing » 28 Jun 2018, 10:34am

Yep definitely watch out for the clegs! Unlike midges they like hot sunny weather. They can bite through clothing and can get you on the bike particularly when your speed drops going up hills! Midges aren't really a problem on the bike until you stop or if you are camping

Navrig
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Re: Midges in Scotland

Postby Navrig » 28 Jun 2018, 10:55am

Also worth noting midges tend not to carry horrible bugs or dirt.

Clegs on the other hand are likely to have just left a pile of horse manure before biting you.

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Ron
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Re: Midges in Scotland

Postby Ron » 28 Jun 2018, 12:59pm

Greystoke wrote:Awful!
Pitch your tent in the wind away from water and you'll be ok.

I see a problem there :(

profpointy
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Re: Midges in Scotland

Postby profpointy » 28 Jun 2018, 5:07pm

We had a trip in Knoydart at the margins of the midge season. Used deet and bee nets, but cooking outside still unpleasant. I was thankfull when it started raining as I assumed they'd be driven off - but no; was simultaneously rained on and bitten, albeit only at the annoyance rather than screaming ab dabs level

Navrig
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Re: Midges in Scotland

Postby Navrig » 23 Jul 2018, 4:00pm

Just back from Arran. Typically the midges there are bad.

We kept them at bay with Skin So Soft BUT the clegs were hellish. Over 3 days I probably had more than 10 bites, some through my lycra shorts and whilst moving.

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ChrisButch
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Re: Midges in Scotland

Postby ChrisButch » 23 Jul 2018, 7:06pm

The widespread view on Scottish hillwalking forums is that midges are less prevalent this year than for many years. Not surprising given the drought conditions, since midges need water to lay their eggs.

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Re: Midges in Scotland

Postby robing » 23 Jul 2018, 10:03pm

Midges may be down, but the clegs are out in force in this dry sunny weather! Very similar to 2013.