Serenity: How to prevent insect bites while gardening?
Everytime I try to do some gardening I get badly bitten and can never see the little blighters. They go to places I cannot reach to scratch too. They especially like to be under bras and in the groin area. Even a hot shower and a complete change of clothes doesn’t get rid of them. I sometimes feel they have buried under my skin.
Any advice welcome.
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Answer by Joey Azar
Those are chigger bites, putting bleach in your bathwater will usually get rid of them. As for prevention, use a lot of Off spray or something like that.
DON’T put bleach in your bathwater!
You’re just reacting to insect bites like most people. Find a good anti-histamine cream to apply to bites.
Applying an anti-insect spray containing DEET or equivalent will help keep them off. Of course sensible clothing too, full length sleeves, trousers, a hat and gloves.Answer by Mike Deller
Sunburn and insect bites are a risk for gardeners, who spend a lot of time outdoors. While most insect bites are just an irritation, sunburn can cause serious, long-term skin damage. To ward off mosquitoes and other biting bugs, apply an insect repellent. Prevent sunburn by always wearing sunscreen — the kind that blocks both UVA and UVB rays — whenever you’re outdoors. Use a wide-brimmed, lightweight hat to shade your eyes and keep the sun off your head. Take frequent breaks and drink plenty of water, especially on hot days when you’ll be out for several hours.