I can't say I've noticed that but I'll give it a try.
I alway scarry a small pack to wipe the odd speck of blood, regardless of wearing rubber gloves and being careful, that I always get on my wrists.
Being a mild disinfectant as well they are handy for the odd time brambles or thorns lash your face or wherever.
I HATE MIDGES. I have tried everything, including skin so soft, which does seem to work for some people. Unfortunatly I am not one of them, if midges are about you do not need a repelant, if i am there they will be on me.
Now if you smoke!!! Ahh no lets not get onto that subject again, although I do admit it keeps midges away.
Avon Skin so Soft has never kept a midge of me and I suspect that those who think is does have either been using garlic or vitamin B for some time before subjecting themselves to the beat. I agree that some people are more prone to bites than others but suspect it's what they have been eating prior to the arrival of the midge.I have live and worked out doors all my life and nothing has stopped the midge from attacking me.
I only use midge cream when in Scotland and then when its really bad as they dont seem to bite me, It must be something about having native blood
Anyway the all time best midge repellant I have found is Avon skin so soft, when I was up there samon fishing a few years ago the Ghille told me about it, I thought he was taking the pee, but when we had the Glens' inter-estate clay shoot and bbq the midge's were terible in the evening all the locals broke out the skin so soft it worked so well I have always kept some with my stalking and fishing kit since.
I always, and have for years used skin so soft. it seems to work but I don't really like covering myself in the stuff. I got one of those all in one slip over midge proof shirts, blouson, tops call it what you will. It has elasticated sleeves and waist and the hood zips right across the top. When you are in the car, the wind comes up, the sun is strong enough for whatever the reason the midges give up, just unzip it and the it just hangs down your back like any other hood.
I've tried everything that has been sold as a certain deterrent for the midge. I live stalk, fish and camp in the highlands. However I've now been told that I should take vitamin B so I'm trying this. At the moment the midges have gone so I will have to keep taking them until next year.
Just to state i have native blood and the absolutely love me.
I have never seen midges so bad (or ticks) as i have in the last 2 years.
DEET is the only thing that affects them biting you nad obviously special clothing. I use both.
REPEL 100 or Life Systems 100 or similar. Some folk swear by SHOO and it was used by NATO until recently. Plus side on this is that the active ingredient is not carcinogenic like DEET. Was made in Dunoon Scotland and then the lab moved to Huntlybut they seem to have dropped the ball.
US armed forces using DEET and it was developed with them for the purpose.
If anyone knows where i can buy Shoo! let me know.
Marmite!!! thats all you need, mind you I do like it black all over, or is that something else?
Anyway I have always used it first thing in the morning, spread thickly on toast before I go stalking.Never have any prob's with mossies.