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Size matters for midges

Published 29/07/2010 | 05:00

TALL men and women with a high body mass index are more likely to be bitten by midges, experts said yesterday.

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Researchers studying the feeding habits of the Scottish biting midge said bigger people were more likely to be attacked because they "provide a more substantial visual target" for the insects.

Midges are also found in greater numbers at increasing heights -- meaning tall people are more likely to be bitten.

The study by the University of Aberdeen and Rothamsted Research, the largest investigation of its kind for any biting insect, also suggested children may inherit a tendency to be bitten from their parents, and that women were more likely to react to insect bites than men.

Irish Independent

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