Midges Bite the Dust

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Dave Redpath - 31/05/2003

A midge busting machine promising to rid restaurants, caravan sites and visitors centers of the mighty midge has recently been unveiled.

The device works by attracting the insects with carbon dioxide before vacuuming them into a bag where they die of dehydration. The five-foot invention is the brainchild of Dr Alison Blackwell of the center for Tropical Veterinary Medicine at Edinburgh University.

The Midge Eater is designed to run continuously throughout the midge season, and covers up to a 100 meter radius. Every midge caught means there are fewer available to breed which should result in a smaller population in following years.

Perhaps its just a matter of time till we see a portable version to alleviate the discomfort caused to many Scottish climbers and campers.

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