Tag: biology

New Product Launch – Moskito Guard

The team behind Smidge are excited to announce the launch of our new mosquito repellent – Moskito Guard! Moskito Guard is great for sensitive skin coming in a fragrance, alcohol and DEET-free moisturising lotion that provides up to 8 hours waterproof protection against mosquitoes, including the species that transmit malaria, Zika, Dengue and Yellow fever. …

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Midge Forecast 2021

It’s official, the midges are back! With that news, we have now launched the Midge Forecast for the 2021 season. We are starting to hear reports of midges coming out in decent numbers around the country. We would normally expect the first big bump in numbers around 3-4 weeks from now, around the beginning to …

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2021 Midge Season Update

With the 2021 midge season fast approaching and lockdown easing around Scotland and the rest of the UK, we thought we’d put out a short blog on what you might expect from the early midge season. The first real emergence of midges is (as always) expected in May, with a first generation peak in June. …

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Predator Traps for Managing Midge Populations

The dreaded midges are starting to emerge, with the first large peak anticipated in early June. We’ve had reports from around Scotland already and have come across them ourselves. Whilst repellents like Smidge® are the best personal protection for when you’re out and about, it is possible to reduce the numbers of midges on a …

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The season ahead…

The COVID-19 outbreak is going to have a serious impact on tourism, but it certainly won’t stop the dreaded midge from appearing! The 2020 midge season is fast approaching. We would expect to see the first batch of midges around May peaking in June. However, we have had a very wet and stormy couple of …

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COVID-19 Update

We wanted to give our customers an update on what’s happening at Smidge with the ongoing COVID-19 situation. Everyone at Smidge is working from home for the foreseeable future. As such, this is having an impact on shop orders. We are still open and accepting orders, however, there will be delays in getting these posted …

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Tick virus found in UK for the first time

Public Health England (PHE) have found tick-borne encephalitis virus in ticks found in Thetford Forest and the Hampshire-Dorset border in England. Tick-borne encephalitis virus has already been discovered around Scandinavia, Asia and mainland Europe but this is the first report of it in the UK. It is possible that it has reached here via migratory …

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New animal viruses discovered in Scottish midges

Researchers from the University of Glasgow have discovered previously unknown viruses in the Scottish midge population around Loch Lomond. These viruses are not a public health concern but show the potential for midges to transmit diseases to animals, such as birds and cattle, in the UK and Europe. It was only a few years ago …

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End of Season Update 2019

You’ll be glad to know that it’s nearing the end of the midge season! Numbers are starting to decline around the country, with fewer and fewer reports coming into us of midge activity. This means that the Midge Forecast is soon to shut down for the season. It’s at this stage that females will start …

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