BBC NEWS | Summer proves too hot for midges

August 17, 2006

BBC NEWS | Scotland | Edinburgh and East | Summer proves too hot for midges

“At the beginning of the summer there were as many as ever, but in the past few weeks there have been significantly less.”

Dr Blackwell, who runs a spin-off company from Edinburgh University that develops new methods of insect control, prepares a daily midge forecast.

“This is my 16th year of trapping and counting and it is the first year we’ve had such a hot, dry, second half of the summer,” she said.

This was treated as a joke on Reporting Scotland last night, but it really isn’t funny. No one likes being bitten of course, but if the midge is dying back, many other creatures that depend on a decent amount of water to exist will be dying back too.

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