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Scottish Midge season is here

The highland midge or midgie if you're Scottish is a small species of flying insect commonly found nesting around fen, bogs and marshes. They are prolific in North West Scotland and have a long season of activity spanning spring and summer. The females of the species are well known for gathering in clouds and biting humans.

The highland midge is considered the scourge of Scottish summer, causing discomfort for locals and people visiting Scotland's beautiful rural areas. In spite of Scotland experiencing some record breaking cold winters in recent years, these have in no way hampered the highland midgies numbers. In actual fact they have resulted in increased numbers of highland midgies due to the weather reducing the number of natural predators such as bats and birds.

The midge is almost invisible to the human eye and it has a wing span of only 2mm and a body length of barely 1mm. They are very vicious despite their small size as the female species actively seeks blood which is required to develop their eggs. When they smell carbon dioxide in human breathe they will attack and it's often in numbers as opposed to single bites.


The bite marks will be visible itchy, red sores that often swell and on occasionally can lead to further complications due to skin sensitivity and negative reactions to foreign bodies. The Scottish Midge Forecast, which maps midge levels in Scotland was launched yesterday and the date was timed to coincide with the start of the midge season.

There are numerous theories and old wives tales as to what offers the best protection from a potential attack such as chemicals, repellents, bog myrtle, cigarette smoke or simply staying indoors to avoid them. Shutting yourself away in high summer is never going to be a very practical or comfortable option.

Homes need to be ventilated and doing that requires opening of doors and windows which adds to the risk of midgies entering the home. We produce a range of meshes for our screens that stop the even smallest insects so if you're suffering in Scotland then why not contact one of our Scottish design and fitting experts.