|I was a little concerned about mosquitoes and midges since I know to my cost how many of the damned things live in Sweden and seem to like some “Ethnic Food”; Organic, Free Range Englishman, to spice up their diet.
That concern was heightened when LB noticed a lake in the north-east called called “Myvatn” which translates as “Midge Lake”.
But as it turned out – there was nothing there to nibble on me – thankfully. According to what I’ve read, other people are not so lucky.
Had there been midges – I’d have been prepared.
I got what appears to be a very efficient head-net from BPL whose weight I didn’t resent at all. I am almost looking forward to trying it. Almost.
The material that the head-net is made from isn’t quite proof against a determined (and very small) midgie so they advise treating it with some permithrin-based insecticide.
|As it happens, I’ve been using a permithrin-based insecticide this summer that I find works really well. It’s less toxic than DEET and unlike DEET it won’t melt your plastic based materials!
I first heard about it on one of Bob’s podcasts about the OS Outdoors show of 2007.
It’s made by a UK based firm called Agropharm from marigold blooms. Not that making it from marigolds makes it completely benign of course – consider tobacco. It’s called PreVent (making it hard to search online) and it’s sold in tiny spray bottles making it easy to carry.