For those who have never experienced Scotland’s wee flying beasties, well you wont belive how something so small can be such a pain. Both literally when they bite and when the buzz in your face, get in your mouth, up your nose and down your ears etc.
It’s been written about many times that Avon’s Skin So Soft Dry Oil Spray is an effective repellent. So this Sunday as I got out of the car at Eas Urchaidh to boot up and set off for Beinn Mhic Mhonaidh, the black cloud descended on me. After saying rude words as they started to rip the flesh from my arms I grabbed the Skin So Soft and sprayed all over. A couple handfuls were rubbed into my face, neck, ears and forhead.
Instant relief! They stopped biting. Within minutes it looked like I’d been rolled in poppy seeds as my arms were covered in little black blighters. Now it doesn’t repel them that much. They smell the CO2 on your breath and swarm. But they don’t bite me when I have this on. They didn’t fly down my ears either. They fly about and stick to you but no bites. Given that some alternatives are nasty chemicals this is a fine alternative. It also smells nice and helps to take the edge of the pervasive “mingyness” that rises from a hot and sweaty FMF when out walking the hills on a warm day!
It works for me. But YMMV