THIS year's midge invasion is set to be 800 times worse than normal following the heavy winter snowfalls.
I WAS interested to read that there are people who spend their lives not just counting midges but also getting paid for it, (your report, 10 September). In the league of futile pursuits, this must rank very near the top.
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STRATHSPEY was Scotland's midge magnet this summer with numbers of the biting pest up 256 per cent on last year.
THE lucky few are about to come to the rescue of the suffering majority.
THE harshest winter in Scotland for 30 years may have affected people across the country, but it appears to have had little impact on one hardy but unloved resident – the midge.
TALL men and overweight women are more likely than their shorter and slimmer counterparts to fall prey to that scourge of the Scottish Highlands – the bloodsucking midge.
MOBILE phone "apps" users will be armed with a hi-tech weapon in the battle against one of Scotland's most persistent pests this summer.
ONE of Scotland's most irritating occupants has finally been put to good use. The midge, blight of summer holidaymakers across the country, is being recycled as bird food.
HUNDREDS of competitors taking part in a race on the banks of Loch Ness are to test a new midge repellent, it was revealed today.
SERIOUS midge wars have broken out at the upmarket Carrick golf course on the banks of Loch Lomond.
A GOLF course is attempting to protect players from voracious midges with hi-tech traps, it was revealed yesterday.
THE mystery of why midges eat some people alive and leave others largely unscathed has been unlocked by a team of Scottish scientists.
THIS year is going to be a record for midges - and they are going to be around longer, an expert warned yesterday.
SCRATCH your arms no more, or at least a little less - there will be almost a third fewer midges to torment intrepid Highland walkers next year.
A SUMMER break in the Highlands sounds idyllic, but it has one obvious downside: the dreaded Culicoides impunctatus, or Highland biting midge. If you're planning to venture outside at all during your stay, the chances are you'll return with a smattering of itchy red lumps.
FEW people who visit the Scottish Highlands during the summer - or those who live there - do not have a "midge story" to tell: whether it's being driven from a campsite by the biggest swarm of midges ever seen or forced to dress up in hoods and veils to enjoy a day's fishing or other outdoor pursuit.
SCORCHING summer weather has proved a knockout blow to the dreaded midge.
CUSTOMERS and staff in smoke-free Highland pubs are complaining that midges are swarming inside to take advantage of the cleaner atmosphere.
A NEW insect repellent which battles midges and other winged biting insects with completely natural ingredients has been rolled out across the country.
SCOTLAND will be hit by one of the biggest-ever plagues of midges and ticks this summer, experts have predicted.