The midge’s proboscis is quite short, however, is has 6 cutting parts with small sharp teeth, so that the midget can cut its way to the blood. It cannot bite through clothing. Midges seek out thin-skinned places on the face, arms and legs. The midge bite is easily noticed, and because midges often attack in huge swarms, they can make spending time outdoors unbearable. Most people experience swelling of a diameter of only a few millimeters and it disappears after a few hours. Few people experience that the bitten skin areas swell up more and that the swelling lasts for several days. In rare cases there may be slight illness in connection with midge bites.

Transmission of disease
Midges can transmit several viruses of veterinary medical importance, but they are not suspected of transmitting serious diseases to humans.