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Once largely confined to the Highlands of Scotland, the scourge of the summer Highland midge is spreading south, with reports of huge amounts in the Lake District, Snowdonia and Peak District this year. These little blighters are a real nuisance and can be painful. Here’s how to avoid midges (or at least stand a fighting chance):

1. Midges are particularly prevalent in still, humid conditions and in the shade. Keep moving and stay in sunlight. When you’re walking, in general they won’t keep up.

2. Try to avoid being outside during dawn and dusk, when they are most active.

3. Stay covered. Wear light coloured clothing and invest in a midge head net.

4. Use an insect repellent. Smidge is designed with midges in mind. Many people swear by Avon Skin So Soft too.

5. Try not to linger too much in woodland or damp, peaty areas.

Written by Ruby Higton

Here is Ruby and she is a digital marketer at YHA. She looks after all things social media, as well as content writing for livemore.yha.org.uk and SEO. Her favourite YHA is YHA Perranporth.

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