Heatwave Bugs, Bites & Stings

Although many of us are enjoying the balmy temperatures of this year’s heatwave, unfortunately for some, biting insects are flourishing too. Almost like a tropical area!

Calls to the NHS helpline 111 about insect bites are almost double the rate they normally are at this time of year.*

And senior doctors are reporting incidents of patients being treated in hospital for infected horsefly bites.

Horse Fly Bite

Horse Fly Bite

Despite the heat, experts say standing water, such as garden paddling pools, where insects thrive should be removed.

Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “We wouldn’t normally see anyone coming to hospital for a bite, but we have seen a few recently needing treatment with antibiotics which is very unusual.

“A couple of these were infected bites from horseflies. They actually give one of the nastier bites, because they take a chunk out of you.

“They can be very painful, and can take a while to heal, and as result can get infected and need antibiotics. In the worst-case scenario, they can cause cellulitis, an infection of the skin.”

According to Public Health England data on calls to NHS 111, about 9,000 people called the helpline on 8 July, around double the baseline figure which is constructed from historical data.

This chimes with the Met Office records of the heatwave. Although most of June and July was warm, temperatures peaked between 24 June and 9 July when 28 degrees was recorded somewhere in the UK every day. This happens on average only twice a decade.

Prof Adam Hart, an entomologist at Gloucestershire University, said that anecdotally horseflies were on the rise, although there is no hard data to confirm this.

“We had a wet spring, then we’ve got this beautiful hot weather which are great conditions for a lot of different insects to thrive in.”

What can you do to further reduce the risks?

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We hope you enjoy the summer and keep away from those pesky horse flies!!!

*Source BBC News

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