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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: 9,802

    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 Posts: 86,055

    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

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • pingping Posts: 70

    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 Posts: 86,055

    I agree with figrat.image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 22,606

    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.

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • 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: 22,606

    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.

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • 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.
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