Pool Life

On the day of the wedding the weather was so perfect that some uninvited guests emerged from the pool area. The tiny intruders invaded layers of the brides dress and had to be removed for the photographs. Later in the day when the wedding guests had gathered on the terrace before the evening reception the tiny intruders enjoyed a pre evening meal feast…

Cherie on the Terrace

I noticed one when I felt a felt a tickling sensation on my leg, then I had a stinging sensation on my other leg and noticed a bit of blood… I thought nothing more of it until 24 hours later when my leg was itching and I gave it a casual scratch. I experienced excruciating pain causing me to look to see what the problem was. I was quite shocked at what I saw on my leg. There were a few other lesser bites adorning my lower body too.

This led me to do a Google search to find out what the insects actually are. I found that they are Black Fly and in the UK they have been named the Blandford Fly. Check the link for a photo on the damage they can do.

Black Fly

Damage Done

My leg didn’t swell up, but it had a vicious red rash which was hot to the touch and as I walked I had searing pain if I wasn’t careful. Thankfully the pain, heat and extended rash have calmed down.

8 Comments CherryPie on Aug 30th 2016

8 Responses to “Uninvited Guests”

  1. Mark in Mayenne says:

    Nasty! Not a nice guest

  2. James Higham says:

    Sounds most nasty. Poor you.

    • CherryPie says:

      I was quite worried about it until I did a google search and realised the symptoms where quite normal and nothing to worry about. I didn’t have any of the symptoms that meant I had experienced an allergic reaction or infection as a result of the bite,

      72 hours later (as advised in the articles I researched) my leg has stopped hurting and no longer feels hot to the touch. The redness has reduced, but my leg is still not a pretty sight…

  3. Those bites look so nasty – hope the symptoms subside soon.

    Congratulations to the happy couple.

  4. wiggia says:

    You are not alone in having been the unwelcoming recipient of the dreaded Black Fly, twice this year my own delectable personage, to the likes of Black Fly and Horsefly, has been attacked with vengeance in the garden.

    The presence of a pond and the wet summer (until August) seems to make an ideal breeding scenario for the b……, the only plus, and there are none really, is that the results of the Black Fly’s feasting do not last as long as the Horsefly, well not in my case.
    My commiserations Cherrie on an unwelcome attack , and as you have probably already found out little seems to ease the discomfort, just time.

    • CherryPie says:

      I don’t usually get bitten by bugs but this is the second time this year. The first time was about 6 weeks ago and was just a few pin pricks.

      I read the advice and didn’t use anything on the bites. I had applied some germolene to them prior to reading up on the nasty little creatures. My only remedy was a soak in the bath and washing my leg gently with soapy water. This did relieve the heat from the area and my leg felt much better.

      This photo was taken after some of the redness had subsided. The pain was excruciating if I tried to walk and I was worried about the wider complications that can occur. It was a bank holiday sunday and not many options for sorting such problems out.

      The area is still a bit warmer than the rest of my leg but it is much improved with only the occasional itch.