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Midge Protection

What is the best preventative for midges? We will be in Scotland for 3 weeks in July.

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Thank you so much...lots of info. Skin So Soft was recommended a lot, and I know for a fact it works for mosquitoes here in Texas. A few people said Avon has removed the effective ingredient. Not sure if that is accurate, but fortunately I have a bottle that I've had for a few years, so it should be good.

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We just got back. They sell this stuff called Smidge in every single sporting goods store. Just wait and get it when you get there. It worked and kept the midges the few times they were encountered at bay.

Posted by
279 posts

Deet! Basically if the product does not include Deet it won't do any good. A recent article in Consumers Report confirms this.

Posted by
5035 posts

Ken the Royal Marines story is a good example of the power of internet stories. If it really worked that well, the British, and all worldwide militaries would "officially" use it. And the company would label and sell it with that claim. In fact they sell a different product with a similar name, as a repellant, that actually contains a known repellant (picaridin) which is the same chemical used in Smidge. Bottom line is that some repellants work better than others, and many don't work at all. If someone doesn't get bit, it may not be because of what they put on.

I believe in science and scientific testing. Here's what Consumer Reports said review of skin so soft

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We are actually back from Scotland, and really didn't see a whole lot of midges, even though I had read they were going to be bad this year. I did take Skin So Soft and used it, and when we did encounter them, I was not bitten. We were on the Isle of Skye for 3 days and also in the Highlands, where they are supposed to be bad. So thankful they weren't much of an issue for us!