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Pennine Way Virgin

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Citronella candles
« on: 18:58:31, 12/06/18 »
I am just doing a little last minute preparation before an upcoming trip, and I was wondering if anyone has found citronella candles effective in warding off highland midge?  Any particular brands that work best, any to avoid?


I'm hoping to keep a few in my rucksack that I can burn in the evening whilst setting up and pottering about camp.


Thanks in advance.

ninthace

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Re: Citronella candles
« Reply #1 on: 19:59:18, 12/06/18 »
Probably better of with a bottle of Avonís Skin So Soft. Deter midges and beautiful skin too!
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Re: Citronella candles
« Reply #2 on: 23:50:24, 12/06/18 »
They're all but useless unless used in an encloeen space where the vapour can collect. Better just use repellant and midge nettting. A head net can save your sanity on a bad evening.

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Re: Citronella candles
« Reply #3 on: 00:17:00, 13/06/18 »
I should have clarified that I actually have a bottle of smidge and a midge net that I plan to take along with me.


I was more concerned about trying to prepare food and eat in peace of an evening.  Whilst I am sure the couple of 'free calories' would do me no real harm, I'd still rather my dinner was not saturated in midges lol.  I was hoping that the candles might have been effective at keeping them at bay long enough to cook and eat, as opposed to just away from my skin.  Oh well, I guess midge swarms are all part of the great Scottish experience haha.


Probably better of with a bottle of Avonís Skin So Soft. Deter midges and beautiful skin too!


Funnily enough, a friend recommended that yesterday.  I may have to give it a try during my next excursion, it is certainly cheaper than smidge.

NeilC

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Re: Citronella candles
« Reply #4 on: 11:29:24, 13/06/18 »
They're not keen on smoke so might be worth trying citronella joss sticks. But I'll bet you'd need to be sitting with the smoke blowing over you to make much difference

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Re: Citronella candles
« Reply #5 on: 11:44:50, 13/06/18 »
A candle or mosquito coil just inside your tent works well. They do make your eyes smart after a while.


I generally light a bit of coil and leave it in the tent while I cook and eat so that the tent is midge free for when I go to bed.
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April

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Re: Citronella candles
« Reply #6 on: 12:27:11, 13/06/18 »
Take everything, smidge, midge net, avon skin so soft, citronella the lot  ;)

We find that if you eat marmite (on toast, or in a drink if you can stomach it) for a few days before a trip this also helps. Midges do not like the taste of you if you are full of B Vitamins. Or take a B vitamin supplement for a few days before you go if you hate marmite.

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Re: Citronella candles
« Reply #7 on: 12:41:02, 13/06/18 »
Take everything, smidge, midge net, avon skin so soft, citronella the lot  ;)

We find that if you eat marmite (on toast, or in a drink if you can stomach it) for a few days before a trip this also helps. Midges do not like the taste of you if you are full of B Vitamins. Or take a B vitamin supplement for a few days before you go if you hate marmite.


I've never heard that before, but if true that is awesome, marmite is a staple of my diet!

April

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Re: Citronella candles
« Reply #8 on: 12:51:06, 13/06/18 »
Used with everything else you can minimise the amount of bites, you won't stop them swarming around you though  :(

We are taking the midge net next time so we can sit outside the tent, if we get another windless overnighter in the Lakes, they don't  happen that often  :)
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Re: Citronella candles
« Reply #9 on: 18:31:20, 13/06/18 »
Good luck
You'll get eaten alive in Crowden, it's the worst I've ever seen apart from Scotland  :o

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Re: Citronella candles
« Reply #10 on: 18:34:10, 13/06/18 »
It was Scotland I was apprehensive about, have plans to walk the Pennine Way, then catch a train to Milngavie and do the West Highland Way right afterwards.

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Re: Citronella candles
« Reply #11 on: 18:43:39, 13/06/18 »
Sodding midges are everywhere  :) Worst in Scotland yes but I actually got less midge bites in Scotland over 3 days than I did in 2 days in the Lakes. That might have been because I was more careful in Scotland with putting on the repellent though.
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Re: Citronella candles
« Reply #12 on: 12:01:54, 14/06/18 »
Sodding midges are everywhere  :) Worst in Scotland yes but I actually got less midge bites in Scotland over 3 days than I did in 2 days in the Lakes. That might have been because I was more careful in Scotland with putting on the repellent though.
You were producing more natural gas in Scotland  :D

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Re: Citronella candles
« Reply #13 on: 20:50:31, 14/06/18 »
A few drops of citronella oil on your tent inner is extremely effective in clearing your tent of midges.


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Re: Citronella candles
« Reply #14 on: 15:48:30, 15/06/18 »
Do you thinking rubbing yourself in Marmite might work?!  ;)
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