Hi all.

For those of you who don't visit BcUK often, I recently discovered the joys of Smidge, a midge repellent from the makes of "The Scottish Midge Forecast"


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Smidge That Midge.. Does it actually work?
A few days ago over on the 'Midges are back..' thread Angus Og mentioned the product Smidge. A fairly new insect repellant to the market made by the folks who give us the Scottish Midge Forecast.

Now I, like many of you, have tried just about every idea / solution out there bar selling my Grans soul to the devil, so I was fairly sure I'd be disappointed with this too. I've tried Avon, and fairly good results but not 100%, plus if you are out and about in gthe sun chances are you could burn. I've tried both 'Don't bite me' and 'Highland Midge' patches (transdermal type) and had no luck with either. Since everyone has a different body chemistry I was basically sure I was one of the unlucky ones who would have to wearsome sort of body armour out here by Loch Eck.

How bad are the midges out this way? So far even in the hot sun there have been a few of the wee blighters, never mind once the temps fall,or it gets a bit humid. Leave the light on, and outside is an angry army of flying blood sucking, flesh ripping evil thugs.

So after reading up on Smidge and it's active ingredient Saltidin, I bought a bottle from a shop in Dunoon. Must say I nearly thought being eat was preferable to paying the asking price, but then - well no not even close. 7.99 per 75ml bottle. Cheap? No. Long lasting? Thats still to be seen.

Once up the road, I decide to mimic the Smidge sites example - cover one arm with it and leave the other bare. Went out in to the woods beside the house, where even during the day the midges feast. Sat down and waited. Sure enough, within a few minutes a cloud of them were flying around, and started to have a drink on me. Only on the non-treated arm though. Not long after that, I decided to cover the rest of me. Back in the house, other arm, face and neck done, I went out to the woods again. Sat down and waited... and waited.. and waited.. sure lots of them flying about, but no bites. Many were landing on my clothes but none on my treated skin. Well actually one or two did, but they didn't bite. I went back out a couple of hours later and did the same test and same results. With the exception that after washing my hands twice, I had a couple midges on them. Literally a couple though.

So far I have to say it works. For me anyway. 8 quid is a lot to fork out to test something, so please keep this in mind if you decide to try it, everyones body is different. Having said that, the active ingredient, Saltidin is apparently recommended by the World Health Organisation.

PS, tonights final test will be leaving the kitchen light on and going out into the killer swarm.... wish me luck, but I don't think I'll need it?
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Okays.. here is the latest bit of test result...

Left the light on for a bit, and just went outside.. with in moments there was a thick cloud of midges. However within a few minutes I was getting bitten, so I retreated inside and reapplied the Smidge. Back outside and stood in the cloud. Many landed on me, but flew away or tried to, as they got stuck on the slight wetness on my arm hairs. I think I breathed in more than landed on me though. Didn't get bitten this time. First application was around 4pm, so not quite the 8 hours they claim, but still damn good.
Nag.
Now as it turns out the active ingredient is the same as whats found in 'Autan' The main difference is that Smidge has waterproof qualities, Autan doesn't. Toddy from BcUK is kindly sending me a bottle of Autan so i can do a like for like / side by side comparison, so I can do a proper review.

I bring this up here, so that anyone who hasn't heard of either of these products will have them as an option to add to their weapons of choice. But also to see if anyone has had much experience with either? 8 pounds is a lot of cash to fork out, if you can get something cheaper that does the same thing. Also the waterproof thing is a bit of hit and miss depending on what you're doing, and since everyone on here is often playing out on the water, or getting sweaty paddleing the waterproof thing becomes important, expecially if you are playing up this neck of the woods, or other midge infested lochs.

Whats you're views?


Cheers,