So midges have been here with vengeance for little over a week now and as forecast, due to the past two unseasonably warm winters there is a greater concentration of these biting beasties than usual.
So a few facts about the Midge, to ascertain what we are dealing with; Only the women bite (true, however time is too precious to determine sex), they are carried on the wind (true, they only appear in times of no wind, early morning, evening, sheltered areas of land), and they form a vital part of Bats food chains. So when visiting or residing in these parts you shouldn’t be surprised to encounter the dreaded Midge, and for a family, we are looking for a protection which is not only effective but safe.
As a forester in Western Scotland working in the heartland of the Midge, an important topic in the office during early spring is that of which midge protection to trial this summer? With past competitors for the ultimate protection being a host of questionable lotions and potions including skin care products (identified as effective and endorsed by Mel Gibson on the set of Braveheart), to claustrophobic face veils, Vitaman B rich diet and also one colleague Smoking. I have always favoured the lotions and potions however never fully content with the use of DEET on my skin and its potential long term effects, So when I discovered Mosi-guard natural it was a must try.
The pump action and roll on applicators offer convenience and definitive application when under pressure from ensuing attacks out on the hill, and an almost immediate deterrent. There was no burning of the eyes or bitter taste in my mouth when moving around through the forest. I topped up the treatment after an hour or so of exposure, as walking through trees left me rubbing spruce needles from my face and loosening the shield.
The end of the week was rewarded with a family BBQ. True to form as we sat down to eat, so did the midges. With invited guests ages ranging between 3 and 70, again the Mosi-guard natural was deployed. Quick and precise application, coupled with quick drying meant we were ready to resume our meal in no time at all. With midges still present however not biting us as we ate. All 10 guests applied the formula with 100% success rate.