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'I bought two midge catching machines from Midge-Free Zone last season and have been extremely pleased with the results. I now advertise that I am creating a Midge-Free Zone at Airdeny Chalets and have already received extra bookings as a result of this and by telling customers that the machines are performing well.  I look forward to fewer midges and many more happy customers!'

Jenifer Moffat
jenifer.moffat@airdenychalets.co.uk
www.airdenychalets.co.uk
Tel: 01866.822648

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Another satisfied customer!

We have lived on the Western Isles for six years and have NEVER been able to sit out, garden, leave doors and windows open until this summer.

Tonight we are sitting on a perfectly still damp evening with the conservatory door open enjoying the air WITHOUT midgies.

THANK YOU!

Kind regards,

Liz Kidd

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HARRY POTTER TM LOCATION MANAGER APPROVES MIDGEMAGNET!

In my experience as a Location Manager for Warner Bros. films, I've come to understand the need for adapting to one's environment to have a successful film set, and a happy and productive crew. In filming on a sound stage, the crew is in complete control, but if you move that same crew outdoors, they are equally, if not more so, victimized by the environmental effects in the area they are working. Biting insects present a very big nuiscance to both cast and crew both in front of and behind the camera.

This summer, in Glencoe on the set of the latest Harry Potter film, we tried a new device from the US called a Mosquito Magnet, and found that the once midge infested site of our Unit Base was now tolerable. The Mosquito Magnet proved to catch millions of midges and allow our production team to work in relative comfort in the Unit Base area that would otherwise have been very unwelcoming to people. The beauty of the Glen was much more enjoyable with the Mosquito Magnet.

All the best

Robin - Location Manager

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Mosquito Magnet Reference - Dr Alison Blackwell, Edinburgh University

We have been experimenting with the Mosquito Magnet in Scotland for several years, as part of our biting midge research programme. Biting Midges can cause extreme disruption to outdoor activities during the summertime over vast areas of the Highlands of Scotland. These activities include agriculture, forestry and of course tourism. Although not transmitting disease, the biting behaviour of the Scottish midge can cause extreme annoyance and significantly curtail BBQs, outdoor sports, camping, hill walking fishing etc. The Highlands of Scotland and their associated climate make ideal breeding grounds for midges, resulting in a huge biomass. For example at the peak of the season, half a million midges have been caught emerging from one 2 x 2 m area of ground. The ‘midge season’ itself lasts from about the end of May through to September most years, although the level of activity depends on the weather, with midges preferring humid, still and overcast conditions. Working with the Mosquito Magnet, we have managed to catch huge numbers of biting midges - in some cases more than one million per day! Although the traps will not get rid of midges in Scotland completely (and since they are part of the food chain, we would not want to do this), they can certainly go some way to reducing the ‘nuisance factor’ associated with these insects.

Dr Alison Blackwell
Senior Research Fellow
Biting Midge Research Group
Centre for Tropical Veterinary Medicine
University of Edinburgh

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What the Press say about 'Midge-Free-Zone'
Reprinted by kind permission of Highland News Group - Photo Andrew Allan

EXCLUSIVE By Willie Morrison

THE caretaker of a remote midge-infested Highland estate is quite literally bagging the tiny terrors in their millions - with the help of new technology specially designed to destroy blood-sucking insects.

Sandy Snell, steward at Scardroy Estate, in Strathconon, Ross-shire, is conducting the first tests in Britain of a US-made machine called the Mosquito Magnet Pro.

Powered by bottled gas, it was originally designed to trap and destroy mosquitoes.

It attracts insects by emitting phoney animal smells and sucks them into a bag to their deaths.

Sandy has been testing the machine for the past two months at Scardroy Lodge, home of Canadian tycoon Dr Murdoch Laing. He is currently preserving each bag of midges on ice till the end of the insect breeding season.

This will help assess the machine's effectiveness by giving an indication of how many of the horrors it has killed.

"One day I weighed a bag to find it had trapped two-and-a-half pounds of midges," revealed Sandy.

I spoke to an expert, who told me llb in weight was equivalent to about one million midges.

"The machine is on 24 hours a day, out in the front garden of the lodge.

"Given the number of bags I now have on ice, I estimate the Midge-Free-Zone has now caught at least 15 million midges, with a few million more in prospect by the time they stop breeding.

If you take that many midgies out of an area, it's bound to make a big dent in the breeding population.

"Certainly I've been able to stand outside where 1 wouldn't normally at this time of year. I would generally expect to be bitten quite badly, but not one has been landing on me.

"I do see a diminution in the numbers, so I'm quite impressed. Under normal circumstances the window sills here would be covered with midgies, but this year there are very few.

"This is very much a learning curve, so I'll be keeping the bags of midges until the end of the season.

"If anyone wants any frozen midgies when we're finished with them, I'm open to offers!"

Sandy explained how the machine worked.

"I'm not a technocrat, but basically it attracts the insects by imitating a large mammal like a cow breathing," he said.

"You put an attractant tablet called Octenol into the machine, which works off bottled gas, emitting a plume of animal-like scent from windwards to attract the insects.

"Fortunately it doesn't cause any smells offensive to humans."

Nor is the apparatus too expensive to run. A 19kg bottle of gas lasts for around six weeks.

Sandy (54), who hails originally from Leith but who has lived in Strathconon for 28 years, commented: "I'm very attached to the strath, but all the more so since we engaged in battle with the midge."

A similar high-tech machine was used on the set of Monarch of the Glen when it was being filmed at Loch Laggan.


Reprinted courtesy of Highland News Group - Photo Andre Allan



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