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"The Dreaded Midge" Scotland Warnings Or Dangers Tip by LHOON

Scotland Warnings and Dangers: 62 reviews and 53 photos

For visitors to Scotland in summer (roughly between June and early September), the midge (Culicoides impunctatus) is the main problem. Although this tiny insect is not venomous or known to carry infectious diseases, it is a major nuisance.
To keep the at bay, one can use repellent products. Most of these contain bad chemical stuff; one of the best products one can get however is available in Scandinavian countries: an natural wood distillate called beckölja in Sweden and pikiöljy in Finland. A few drops of this tar oil to the skin will do the job. You'll be smelling liked a smoked ham though!

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  • Written Apr 20, 2003
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