Living With Insect Bites

Mosquito Bite

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Hospitals in Warrington, UK (near Manchester) report that dozens of people every day have been seeking treatment for insect bites at hospital emergency rooms.  The insect bites are not life threatening and will go away if given time for the body to repair the damage. The numbers suggest a situation with a biting insect that is new to the area or unfamiliar to the residents.  If the bites are not serious and go away in a short time, then people who had experienced them in the recent past would not bother to go to a hospital.  Quite likely, those seeking treatment have not experienced these bites in the past.  The report makes no mention of the offending insect or whether it is a sting and not a bite.

The substantial numbers of people seeking treatment is putting a strain on the hospital system for admitting patients who truly have emergencies.  The recent surge in insect bites has prompted the hospitals to issue care sheets for insect bites and to deliver the message that those suffering from bites will be turned away.


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Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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3 Responses to Living With Insect Bites

  1. Pingback: Living With Insect Bites – Entomo Planet

  2. Jane says:

    Dear Professor Neal:

    I’m hoping that with your boundless curiosity and expertise you can steer me in the right direction.

    I am apparently the only person currently living in Asia who is bitten by the omnipresent midges/no-see-ums. The nests are everywhere but Asians ignore them since they don’t get bitten, or at least don’t react to being bitten. Russian, American, and European tourists are also immune.

    Unfortunately I am bitten extremely painfully about 200 times an hour despite trying every possible internal and external modification and remedy; you name it, I’ve tried it. I’m sitting here typing in multiple layers of vinyl gloves and twenty layers of long sleeved t-shirts and two jackets with the cuffs tightly sealed, all over multiple layers of repellents, and yet one bug somehow managed to crawl up to my fingers and bite me there. How???

    I’ve visited every country in SE Asia and Hong Kong, and they’re all saturated inside and out. I can’t leave Asia so I must find a bearable solution. There must be some scientist somewhere who is conducting research in this area and would love an extreme guinea pig like me. I think it must be a genetic mutation issue because my late father was extreme catnip to bugs as well. But this is beyond catnip to sheer hell on earth. Whatever the physical manifestation of such a gene would be must be able to be masked or blocked somehow.

    Can you please point me towards someone doing research in this area or the proverbial mad scientist ahead of his/her time who would love a guinea pig like me? If nothing else, I’ve accumulated a large data set about the behavior of these bugs and my futile interactions with them.
    Even if not interesting academically, the stories might be good for an entomological laugh.

    Please feel free to post this query on a professional intranet or sent it to someone you know or have heard of. I am beyond desperate.

    Thanks for reading this and humoring me.

  3. santu says:

    everyday i get up with a new mosquito bite ,this post has helped me with my anxiety

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