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Ullapool midge menace peaks, according to Smidge data

By Iona M.J. MacDonald

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Ullapool midges are at their worst, according to a forecast map of the Scottish insect.

Midge repellent brand Smidge collects data for its Midge Forecast Map by setting up midge traps and mini-weather stations across Scotland, using a scale of 1-5 to illustrate how intense the midges are in each area.


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At the moment, the whole of Wester Ross is at levels four and five. The worst areas are Ullapool, Achnasheen, Torridon and Lochcarron, all of which are at level five at the time of writing.

However, the entire east coast of the Highlands is only facing a level one midge forecast — meaning the menacing flies are almost non-existent in these areas.

If you want to avoid the midges, Smidge says the weather to avoid is humid, still, dawn, dusk, cloudy and a warm and wet early autumn.

Weather that will keep the Scottish bugs at bay is wind, sunny days and a hot July.

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