Nasty Painful Bites !!

NewBoy2NewBoy2 Posts: 798

I wear shorts and short socks and get what looks like two puncture wounds about 50 mm apart which cause my leg to itch like mad and sweel up and leave hard areas under the skin

This can last for 5 days

? Is this a spider bite or result of contact with a particular plant

Experiences please

Yes I will have to wear long trousers and tuck into socks

Never change Tigers in Mid Stream


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,591

    Where are you and what are you doing when this happens?  Do I understand it's a regular occurance?

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,222


    horse fly, various


    assorted other biting insects that are going well at the moment.

    I think you can forget spiders and plants

    Horseflies can bite through trousers 


  • Whatever it is, it's got big jaws if it makes punctures two inches apart.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,222

    too right. Joe. that's a terrifying thought. I think we have to assume two bites though

    I've got a good one at the base of my ring finger. Thought I'd have to take the finger to the workshop to get the ring cut off. But it's receding now. Itching still driving me mad though

  • patty3patty3 Posts: 129

     I have been suffering the same,

     mine went into blisters .

     double  dose antihistermine

     with bug repellent and i  was still attacked!!!

  • waterbuttswaterbutts Posts: 1,221

    I think the fact that they are 2 inches apart isn't significant in itself. Just two bites. There is a little insect that looks a bit like a linseed in size and shape but has a chequerboard pattern on its back. It can fly but is generally seen rushing about on plants and in flowerheads. It eats other insects bites humans without provocation. In Scotland, it was always called a berry bug, in England I've heard it called a flower bug. Its Latin name, I have discovered is Anthocoris nemorum.

    I never usual squish any insect as I think that everything has a use but in this case I kill on sight.

  • New Boy 2 - sounds like gnats! You're not aware of actually being bitten till a few hours later. I had 2 bites on my leg, one on my back, one just under my eye - my face just looked like a tammienorrie's for a few days (although they are much more attractive!)

  • NewBoy2NewBoy2 Posts: 798

    I have not been receiving the email notifications for some reason

    Joe The Gardner50mm is not 2 inches if it was I would suspect my ex wives !!Sorry ladiesDove from above.

    Bending down pulling up weeds and kneeling down

    the bites are just above the short sock line and on my hands

    Its happened on 3 occasions now....very itchy and swollen and painful

    WaterbuttsLooked up the latin name and my moneys on the flower bug

    Sue Higham..........whats a tammienorrie

    Thanks for all the answers and the ankle is just going down after 5 days but is still swollen and I am off walking in the Outer hebrides on Monday


    Never change Tigers in Mid Stream
  • Try using Avons Skin So Soft dry oil moisturiser, is smells better than jungle formula and it helps deter all sorts of nasties.  If you do get bitten try neat lavender oil or aloe vera gel.  Have a lovely time on Monday

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,713

    50mm is 2" NewBoy...whichever school you went to!! image

    Do you mean 5mm? image

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