Midge bites — how to recognise midges, treat bites and avoid both altogether

Depending on where you are in the world, if you’ve been bothered by biting insects this summer you may be breathing a sigh of relief as the cooler autumn months arrive. Because as we stow away the sun hats and deckchairs for another year, we can also say goodbye to some less enjoyable mainstays of summer like mosquitoes and other bothersome biters.

Not so, for the tiny biting midge, however. Midge bites from these minute fliers, also known as “no-see-ums” due to their miniscule size, often thrive from September onwards. So, think twice before packing away that repellent along with the paddling pool…

The bane of BBQ cooks, hikers, fishermen, farmers, golfers, cyclists, tourists and equestrians alike, midges and midge bites can cause havoc for anyone who loves being outside or works outdoors.

How to choose an insect repellent for babies and kids

How to choose an insect repellent for babies and kids

You’ll want to ensure your family is protected against pesky insect bites both at home and abroad. It is also essential to protect babies if taking them into areas where Malaria and other diseases may be a risk. We know choosing an insect repellent for babies and kids can be a tricky and confusing business. Are some active ingredients more suited to young skin than others? What age can you start using an insect repellent on a child? How often should you apply it? Which format is best? There sure is a lot to consider, so to help you decide which insect repellent might work best for your children we’ve compiled this handy guide.

Mastering insect repellent for golfers

Mastering insect repellent for golfers

Longer days… brighter evenings… sunshine on our backs… daffodils, primroses...that’s right, spring has well and truly sprung. For the hardcore golf fans out there, spring signals even more beautiful happenings than crocuses in bloom… the start of several major highlights in the sport's calendar. From Augusta,  USA to Royal Birkdale in Scotland, whatever the location, the climate offers a host of conditions ideal for a variety of bugs and biters on the fairways. If you want to spend less time swatting (mosquitoes, midges and other pesky biters) and more time swinging a golf club, this handy guide to bite prevention for golfers is for you. 

Zika Virus — everything you need to know

When it comes to nasties transmitted by mosquitoes and other biting creepy crawlies, tropical diseases like Malaria, Yellow fever, Dengue fever and West Nile virus, not to mention tick-borne Lyme Disease often get top billing in the press.

But all that has changed in recent months with a mosquito-borne virus of a different kind hitting the headlines. Zika virus, spread by the Aedes species of mosquito, has been deemed a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC) by the World Health Organisation (W.H.O). The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that Zika was first discovered in 1947 and is actually named after the Zika forest located in Uganda.

In this definitive guide you’ll find out everything you need to know about the Zika virus. From Zika travel hotspots and the essentials crucial to consider before you travel, to spotting symptoms and knowing what to do if you think you are at risk, you’ll find it all here in this definitive guide to Zika virus.

Mosquito-borne Zika Virus and your guide to bite prevention

Due to its potential links with Microcephaly, Zika Virus has been declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by the World Health Organisation. Mosi-guard Natural mosquito repellents have been tested against various Aedes mosquitoes which spread the Zika Virus.