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By Jvt

Warwickshire, United Kingdom Gb

I had i a wonderful couple of hours yesterday with my boy starting to clear my new half plot on my allotment.
Whilst turning over the soil i noticed, with every turn of the fork loads of small gnat like creatures. When i got home i noticed that my lower leg areas were itching like mad. I can only assume that it was something to do with these tiny insects.
Have any of you experienced anything similar and if so is there a lotion or potion that you know may work for next time please?

Kind regards, John



For starters make sure you have good thick trousers tucked firmly into wellies! Citronella essential oil is supposed to be a good insect repellant. For the itching, first and foremost don't scratch even once, and get some chickweed cream from your health food shop - works like a charm to stop itching.

21 Oct, 2012


can,t tell you what they are but i get the same when cutting grass once you start scratching you want to keep going till you reach the bone

21 Oct, 2012


Thanks for the advice. I will definitely be getting some of that cream-you bet!

21 Oct, 2012


Avon Skin So Soft spray is said to be very good as a repellent. I know the army use it sometimes to stop midgies biting. You can buy it online or on ebay.

I am just back from a visit to the Cote D'Azur and my wife and I visited a botanical gardens and were bitten to pieces on our arms and legs. Went to a local chemist who gave me a tube of Apaisyl which is the best after bite gel I have ever come across. Dont think UK chemists have it but again you can buy it online.

22 Oct, 2012

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