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...
10 miles north west of Inverness i just had 3 mosquitos land on my hand today its been the hottest day of this summer 30th may 2014 clear blue skies and hot sun,i heard the high speed buzzing noise of the mosquito,its the first time i have ever seen a mosquito in Scotland,i started getting itching over my hands and up my forearms and the skin around my knuckles became swollen about an hour later.
Funnily enough I saw no mosquitos last year here at all, having been almost infested in 2012. I did send some pictures off to the NHM who confirmed that they were mosquitos... as evidenced by my photos above. But give me mosquitos over midges any day of the week.
I can confirm a mosquito successfully landed in my bedroom (Colinton Village, Edinburgh) at aproximately 1:50am. I always sleep with the window open and was rudely awakened by our cat pouncing to catch it on the wall behind my bed. It's a weird experience because I've only ever seen these things on holiday in the Spain, Portugal, France and Egypt and was eaten alive every time. At the minute (2:25am), the temperature outside's around 15ºc, probably ideal for the little blighters. I just hope that was a rare isolated incident, it's worrying to think that we might have to start using mosquito plugs and repellants, it's too hot to sleep with the window closed. Midges I can just about put up with. I trapped it in a glass and put it in my flatmates room (who's fast asleep) .. I never had the heart to kill it.
II've just been bitten this morning by a mosquito in my bedroom and I live in Renfrewshire. I heard the unmistakeable buzz and saw it flying around. I recognise it from holidays in France, Italy and Spain where I get badly bitten. Midges and clegs are the bain of my life in Scotland so I'm gutted to find I've now got a mosquito problem too!
@GloriaM... Although I started this post, I haven't had a recurrence of the problem again this year in East Lothian. However, it is clear that elsewhere there appear to be pockets of the little blighters. I would have thought that if they are prolific one year in a particular area then they would have re-appeared in future years. This does not seem to be the case. They seem to just pop up here and there at random. Very strange. It is as if they are being brought to us from elsewhere as the wind blows. Could this be the case? Maybe someone has an answer to this.