What bugs are bugging us?
October 6, 2013 10:17 AM Subscribe
Yesterday my partner and I drained and moved a 275 gallon water cistern that has been sitting stagnant, probably for several months. Shortly afterward she started getting itchy, raised red spots that look like some sort of insect bite. What may be causing this? What is the best strategy for eradicating it?
posted by sibilatorix to health & fitness (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
A few more details:
- I have had no problems, but we already know that she's hypersensitive to insect bites.
- The bites show up quickly - on getting out of bed this morning her legs were clear, but within an hour they were covered in bites.
- They go away quickly as well - bites from last night had cleared up by morning.
- They mostly show up in places where skin is contacting clothing (armpits, collar, top of socks).
- We showered last night and washed all the clothes we had been wearing. The bites have returned regardless.
- We assume the biters are small, since bites have shown up in the lines between ribbed knitting on leg warmers.
- Anti-inflammatory topical cream helps reduce itching and marks.
- We're located in the Pacific NW, if that makes a difference.
What may be causing this and how do we get rid of it? (Also, is it something that often lives in water cisterns?)