Biten by unknown bugs

Dear all gardeners,

I have been in the garden for the past 2 days after those lovely morning rain to clear up some weeds and re-dig the soil for bulb planting. After an hour back home start to have bumpsss that itch appeared on my neck and back ( which is a row on my lower back itch and 'fierce', as my husband described it), althought i have my sweater and t-shirt as well as jeans and boots. When I went down to finish the task at the same spot again I spot some black little flies hanging around at the soil area I dig out which is a really good moist wormfull soil ready for new planting.

Had that before on shoulder which i didnt suspect it's by garden bugs as it feels like allergic reaction that happened when I was very young with some medicine. My husband suspect it's mosquitoes with red dot on each bump and once start scratching no way I can stop it. I have to take a allergic pills for hayfever and dose off in 1/2hour wake up feeling better.

Please advise if any one know what is this bug probably is so I can avoid them next time when I down to the garden again? And if there's any cream that i can put on to get them away from me?

Thank you very much

p/s: might provide some clear photos if anyone needed for clarification as I'm not sure what I look on google were excatly the same as what I have.



  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,806

    Sounds nasty-but I don't think you should be asking for advice on here-it is obvioulsly a reaction to something-I would get it checked out by your GP-it could be almost anything

    There are plenty of insect repellants available but who is to say it is insects?

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 42,742

    I would get it checked out at your surgery or NHS walk-in centre, just to make sure that it's nothing too nasty.  If the diagnosis is gnat or mosquito bites or similar, Avon Skin So Soft bug guard is brilliant at keeping them away - you can get it from Amazon or the Avon site. 

    I used to suffer really badly from mozzie bites, one of the advantages of being a 'more mature woman' is that they seem to have ceased targetting me - something to look forward to, but from the look of your picture, you've a while to wait  image

    A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in - Greek proverb 
  • pingping Posts: 68

    haha tq for the replies u all are briliant. Dove-thats my little one thou

    i wonder if its worth waiting for an hour in the hospital to get it check, still taking pills n hope they will calm down within couple of days


  • figratfigrat Posts: 1,619
    Unless you're feeling very unwell with it - for example having breathing problems - I don't think you need to go to A&E. But I would strongly suggest you visit your GP, preferably while the rash is still visible.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 42,742

    I agree with figrat.image

    A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in - Greek proverb 
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 11,889

    I also think you should go to your GP. Last time I had a row of fiercly itching red spots it turned out to be shingles.

  • I agree with Dove from above,after living in Spain,all the Spanish use the Skin So Soft,moisture spray,my wife also uses this as she is the starter,main meal & sweet for mozzies.....give it a go....good luck...image

  • besides going and getting it checked out,beware there are a lot of mosquitoes (MIDGES) about this year and you must check that you have no stagnant water standing about as this is where the larvae hatch.Best to turn all empty pots upside down and check the water butts which I have just done and emptied because of this.I am a horse rider and in summer when out riding get bitten by horse flies to midges.I put lemon on my arms (if the weather allows a t- shirt) this sometimes works.some people are allergic to these bites and  a repellent might help when in the garden.

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 11,889

    Hello flowering rose (lovely name) I'm a horse rider too. I spray my horse with fly repellent (for horses) and neither of us gets bitten.

  • I swear by skin so soft by Avon. Particularly useful if, like me your bites tend to go septic. I used it on holiday in Greece and in 3 weeks had no bites at all whereas my friends were plagued.
  • My sister takes vitamin B6 she says it helps to keep the mosi's away, not tried it myself but may well start.  Definately need to see a doctor as skin infections have a nasty habit of turning septic.

  • Alan4711Alan4711 Posts: 1,569

    we started useing Avon oh so soft after being advised its used by the marines abroad for mozys, it is just great it works very well with biting horse fies which we get as big as horses down in Wales and they hurt and itch for days,this is the best weve used yet and cheap as in summer it goes on special offer try it we all did.


  • I had this problem this year, mine was a mosquito, I saw the blighter. Managed to kill it (revenge). but ended up with a really bad reaction (never get this type of rection abroad). Went to the doctor who says they have had several cases of this. There appears to be a new type with particularly nasty venom (not right I know, but please don't comment). I had to take antibiotics and steroids for 3 months. 

  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,806
    Verdun wrote (see)

    A couple of months back our area was swarming with gnats.  local pharmacies were running out of creams for it. Many reacted badly but I seem not to suffer.  But, I have noticed recently...during odd dry times in garden, swarms of the little biting blighters....image (love using the smileys on this computer!!!).....  I noticed this in two areas.  firstly at home when I had mulched  a small area with mpc and secondly when I had done the same thing at a friend's.  I think the compost was the cause.  I dont usually use mpc as a mulch preferring other materials but is this likely?

    Pretty unlikely I would have thought-it is probably something completely unrelated to the compost-you are just unlucky or being stalked-by a gnatimage

  • I have also noticed under stones and baskets huge flea s(I quess that's what they are) hoping all over the place,not nice,even in all this rain and cold they  are active.image

  • jo4eyesjo4eyes Posts: 2,032

    I use a roll on insect repellant sold by Boots. It works for me, as long as I remember to use the darn thing! Am allergic to lots of things in Avon products, usually the perfumes, so although their product does sound good, I wont be trying it.

    Good old calamine lotion applied to the bite works better for me than any sting relief type of cream.

    If possible, socks tucked into boots protects ankles, long sleeves, & no bare backs/midriffs also helps in my case. J.


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 42,742

    It's the Avon perfumes that affect me most Plumstrudle, but I have found that I can use their Skin so soft range which repels mozzies effectively for me, which is great because in the past I've had to take antibiotics for badly infected bites.  The little beggars have been known to bite me through a tee shirt and cardi image

    A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in - Greek proverb 
  • Any product with citronella (hundreds of them) will deter most biting insects, I have tried the boots, long socks, bottoms tucked in, long sleves, and no bare bits and still been bitten on my legs or ankles. Now I just douse myself in repelant.

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