Thursday, 6 July 2017

[A Guide To] Midges: The Scottish Vampire

If you are Scottish, you will know all about midges, but if your not, you might not know very much 
about them.
Midges are small flies, that are practically invisible to the human eye. They are about 1mm in size, and the females have a vampire-esque taste for blood. They also hang out in swarms, and are known for being out in force in places like the highlands.
Midge bites aren't particularly painful, but are very itchy and annoying. And good news, there is a few ways to avoid being bitten by them.

One of the most popular ways to avoid midge bites is by using insect repellent. My preferred brand is Avon's Skin So Soft. Its not designed for being a midge repellent, but it sure does the job. 

If you are going camping you may be in luck. Midges hate the smell of smoke, so rub some of the ash on your arms when the fire is out and it may keep them away. The same can be said if you are a smoker. (Which I do not promote!) 

You can also cover your skin. This helps reduce the likely hood of getting bitten, but does not eliminate it completely.
One thing to remember, if you get bitten. DO NOT SCRATCH AND PICK AT IT!

I'm the kind of person who can't stop scratching, but last week I ended up not being able to walk due to an infection from scratching. So I repeat, DO NOT SCRATCH. If you are itchy, there a few things you can do:

Buy insect bite cream, this is made to help the itchiness, and can make the mark go down relatively fast. If your don't like the idea of using pharmaceuticals, you can all natural by using the plant plantain (not the bananas) and chew it to a pulp then apply it. It really does take the itch away super quick. However, do your own research on the plant first. 

You can also put something cold on it, like a cold compress or a wet towel. 

I hope this helps, and don't let the little vampire's ruin any time in Scotland. 

Until Next Time 
Jade- Your Introvert Adventurer. x