The summer is coming and with it come the swarms of midges. Here are some clothing options that will keep the midges at bay and will ensure that you have a comfortable trek, stalk or shoot.
When the dark cloud descends, it’s not usually a rain cloud that ruins your day of shooting, but a swarm of midges biting your exposed flesh. We have rounded up the best midge proof clothing to keep the bugs at bay and to ensure your day in the countryside isn’t ruined by itchy bites.
Midges are a problem all over the UK and their population peaks between mid-July to September. They appear on damp and cloudy summer days and tend to be found near wet ground or dense undergrowth and will most likely be found at either dawn or dusk.
Midges or gnats do not transmit illnesses but when they do bite it can often be painful, itchy and can swell up.
Did you know midges can detect carbon dioxide from up to 200 metres away? So when you’re on a strenuous walk in the Highlands, walking from drive to drive on the first grouse shoot of the season or stalking stags, they will be able to sense your presence and zoom in for their next meal.
Another top midge proofing tip is from shooters and country sports enthusiasts. Shooters have been raving for years about Avon’s Skin So Soft’s dry oil body lotion for its midge repelling abilities. It is not officially marketed as such by Avon but it comes highly recommended from the Marines and the SAS. It is thought the citronella aroma and the oily base keeps the midges at bay.
Experts advise that you wear insect repellent and reapply if you are sweating and cover up in light coloured clothing because dark clothing attracts them.
The NHS say that insect bites can usually be treated at home and clear up within several hours. However if you are particularly sensitive to insect bites, you may develop bullae – fluid-filled blisters or weals – circular, fluid-filled areas surrounding the bite. If the bite becomes infected or you are concerned about your symptoms you should seek advice from your GP or ring NHS 111.
SwedTeam Mosquitoset Eurocamo, £54.99
This SwedTeam Mosquitoset Eurocamo is thin and breathable and has a face veil that can be closed in seconds, plus the elasticated waist, wrists and ankles give you extra protection.
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Beretta Quick Dry Cap, sale item £19.50
Beretta’s Quick Dry Cap has a zippered removable anti-mosquito mesh to protect your face.
Beretta Quick Dry Shirt, £99
This lightweight and breathable shirt is made from quick dry fabric with anti mosquito treatment.
BushWear BW Bug Proof Midge Jacket, £9.99
The Bug Proof Midge Jacket from BushWear easily pulls over your regular gear.
Tabard Spray, from £5.99
This product is really popular in South Africa and is available in a stick, lotion and aerosol spray. Its active ingredient is Deet which provide a long-lasting, protective and virtually invisible film over the skin which repels insects.
Beretta Sport Safari Shirt, £95
Available in two light coloured fabrics this safari shirt from Beretta has been treated with mosquito repellent.
Trail Socks, £14
Each Insect Shield garment from Rohan is treated with permethrin – an invisible, odourless and durable ingredient which is tightly bonded to the fabric fibres. These socks will protect your ankles from hungry midges, ticks and mosquitoes.
Trailblazers Convertible, £89
Not only do these trousers convert into shorts for when the weather is really hot but they are treated with Insect Shield. The Permethrin in the clothes’ fibres will keep mosquitoes, ticks, ants, flies, chiggers and midges at bay.
Rovince trail socks midge proof, £16.99
Ticks are also a concern and these socks from Rovince are impregnated with a tick-resistant protection which lasts for up to 80 washes and are 98% tick-proof.