About Us

The Smidge store is brought to you by the people behind the Scottish Midge Forecast.

With funding from Scottish Enterprise and Calor Gas, APS Biocontrol Ltd. spent several years researching and developing the first ever Midge Forecast.

The Midge Forecast is published in some Scottish daily newspapers, online via this website and as an iPhone app, available for download from here.

The Midge Forecast uses actual midge catch data recorded using our network of biting midge traps and data submitted from midge-trap owners across the country, combined with weather forecast data from the MeteoGroup.

Since it was first trialled in 2004, the APS’s midge forecasting system has proven to be as accurate as other established forecasts such sun and pollen indexes.

As the forecast uses historical midge catch data – which is continuously verified with catch and weather data from a network of midge-collection traps and Skye Instruments mini-weather stations, APS can forecast midge activity for any part of Scotland as far ahead as weather forecast data is available.