I live in the Lammermuir Hills, East Lothian, Scotland. This year there have been lots of midges, which are a real pest. However, I am sitting looking at a mosquito on the wall of my study. There has been quite a plague of these over the past few weeks. I've killed hundreds, although I don't seem to have been bitten as yet... at least not that I have noticed. I have never seen a mosquito in Scotland before. Is this a rare event, or does the midge have competition? Here are a couple of pictures. I'd be glad of info, advice on eradication, etc.
We really do have a mosquitoe problem in scotland.
I have to keep assuring people, these are not midges. These guys are fifty times the size of a midge. You can clearly see them burying their snout through your skin to do their parasitical deeds. My experiences have been while fishing in the chrianlarich area. Over the past few years they have been in evidence. During a whole day's excursion , in the right conditions,you might encounter four or five insects annoying you. Their destinctive buzz reminding you of warmer climes.
This year however, the game has changed. A few weeks ago I found myself immersed in a cloud of insects, the likes of which I have never seen abroad. They took a liking to the colour of my trousers and I could clearly see at least forty insects on them at one time.
Discretion being the better part of valour, I beat a hasty retreat to the top of a hill where the wind defeated them. Not however before I had sustained over thirty bites, despite the fact that I was clad in sensible fishing clothes and doused in insect repelent.
Luckily I normally have little or no reaction to insect bites: clegg or midge bites have almost no visible effect. These guys however left large raised, red areas which itched for over a week. I am concerned about the state that anyone who suffers from strong reactions to insect bites would be in.
I am surprised that I have not seen more about this on the mainstream media. Maybe my encounter was a very isolated one. My concern is that uninformed and unsuspecting people may wander into a vulnerable sitution and be in real trouble.
Might this be the case, or am I just making a mosquitoe out of a midge hill.
I would wecome any respose.
@Zebidee... Thanks, Eddie. Interesting story. Having lived in mosquito-ridden countries I have always considered myself lucky to live in mosquito-free Scotland. Not so now, it would seem. Let's wait and see if the blighters return again this year. Given the numbers here last year I think that is more than likely..... Having said that, although I killed literally hundreds inside my house, I did not seem to be bitten at all, which does not mean that I wasn't of course... I'll try to remember to post again if the problem returns...