Originally Posted by Maximus
o Garlick, Cross's, and Wooden stakes help
Only if you use them to build a huge bonfire to stand downwind of!
Seriously tho' if you are camping, take a Tilley / Coleman fuel burning lamp, and fire it up regardless of the daylight level. The lamp will produce lots of CO2, whch midges love, (unlike environmentalists). They also burn nice & hot (the lamps!), which instantly fries any midge within about 2" of the glass. The little b*gg*rs are territorial, so once you've fried the "locals" it takes a while to rebuild the colony. Usuallty for long enough to give you a realtively calm night. If it s a windless night, I've found one Tilley will easily cover an area of about 8 or so Sq M. Bonfire has a similar effect.
It will also attract and fry mozzies too!
While we're on the subject, there used to be a brilliant blue coloured liquid midge repellant called "Shoo". It had quite a chemical oudor. I assume it was banned by the EU for being dangerous or something, based on the fact it did exactly what it said on the bottle? or does anyone know if it's still made?
(Edit; +1 Jambo on the "skin so soft")