All your questions answered
We are a group of entomologists based in Dundee, Scotland. As a team, we have many years’ experience working in biting midge and mosquito research, on a international basis. Alongside selling Smidge, we continue to conduct research in our labs in Dundee, aimed at understanding insect behaviour and helping to develop more effective means of control. We are also lucky to have access to unique field sites across Scotland for studies of biting midges and also, ticks.
Smidge is an insect repellent that contains 20% Saltidin® (also known as Picaridin or Icaridin). It will provide you with up to 8 hours of safe, effective protection against midges, mosquitoes, horseflies, ticks, sandflies and any other biting insects. Smidge works by firstly blocking the antennal receptors of these insects so they have difficulty finding you and then, if they do land, Smidge makes you taste horrible to the insects, deterring them from feeding. As a bonus, Smidge also moisturises your skin and is water/sweat resistant, so perfect for use on a damp day in the Scottish Highlands or a humid day in the tropics.
Absolutely. The active ingredient, Saltidin® is being supported for use as an insect repellent under the EU Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) and during this consideration phase, national approvals are in place for its approval. For more information on Saltidin®, see saltidin.com. The repellent active is also recommended as an effective alternative to DEET by the World Health Organisation, Public Health England, Health Protection Scotland and the CDC.
Smidge contains 20% Saltidin®, which is just as effective as DEET. Saltidin® is a newer repellent molecule and is far kinder to the skin, doesn’t leave a sticky residue and will not damage plastic or metal, which is particularly important for protecting expensive outdoor sports kit, including climbing gear and ropes.
Smidge has a pleasant citrus aroma and smells great unlike other repellents that often have a chemical smell. Smidge contains no alcohol, instead being a water-based lotion, which rubs easily into the skin.
You sure can. Smidge actually contains moisturiser and is kind to your skin. If any doubts, always read the label, contact us with any queries and we would suggest a small patch test, just to be sure.
The best way to apply Smidge is to spray it on to your hands and rub it on to all exposed skin. For applying to your face, do not spray directly on to your face! Spray a small amount on your fingertips and rub on to your face, whilst avoiding your eyes.
Smidge, like all repellents sold in the UK, has to be approved for use under the Biocidal Products Regulation and this includes their safety for use by humans. Each of the four repellent actives going through this system (DEET, Picaridin, IR3535 & Citriodiol) have to go through such safety assessments. As such, we cannot categorically say that none of the components of Smidge have been tested on animals.
Yes! Smidge is safe to use on children aged over 24 months. Smidge wipes can be used on those aged 6 months.
Yes! Smidge is even safe through breastfeeding.
Smidge can be used with sun screen, but we recommend you apply Smidge first as you will probably need to top up your sun protection more often than your repellent.
Smidge is water and sweat resistant and does not need to be re-applied after up to 30 minutes of swimming or sports. We would recommend you reapply Smidge if you swim or exercise for any longer.
Smidge will not melt or dissolve materials. However, it is best to be safe when applying around delicate clothing as it could stain.
Yes. Smidge cans are not pressurised and can be taken into the cabin or the hold. The Smidge bottle holds 75ml and the Pocket Smidge contains 18ml of product.
Smidge has not been approved or tested for use on animals. We have heard many success stories of people doing so, but we cannot recommend this.
Smidge is available in most outdoors shops around the UK, as well as lots of pharmacies and other stores. You can also buy online from our online store, as well as Amazon. We also have distributors in Ireland, Sweden, Iceland, Norway, Germany, Austria and Finland and can provide details of these. We are adding new countries all the time, so keep checking back here.
Unfortunately, we are not able to ship Smidge to some countries such as the USA, Canada, and Australia. This is because Smidge is not yet registered in these countries, and shipping is very expensive. However, we can ship to most EU countries.
Midge Forecast FAQ
The Scottish Midge Forecast was created by ourselves here in Dundee. We use data from midge traps and mini-weather stations across Scotland to generate a prediction of midge abundances. We then extend this nationally using a mathematical algorithm and weather forecast data from the MeteoGroup.
We are working hard to update the map to include more locations in Scotland. This requires a little bit of time. See point 3 to see how you can help!
Yes, please! We would love to hear from you if you have a midge trap (e.g. Mosquito Magnet or Predator) or weather station in your garden or farm etc. We can use the data from this to improve our forecasts.