Insect Bites

Asked October 16, 2015, 5:47 PM EDT

We have been experiencing insect bites late this summer. The bites are very itchy and form a knot with a core in the middle. We are getting these bites in our yard which is well kept. Any ideas on what they could be?

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1 Response

We want you to be healthy so when it comes to the human response to insect bites, allergic reactions or sensitivities, a health care professional or doctor should be be consulted. There are many possible reasons that this may occur. The most likely include what UK calls invisible itches:

http://www2.ca.uky.edu/entomology/entfacts/entfactpdf/ent58.pdf

Many other insects and arthropods can bite humans. I have included links to our publications on these creatures:

Chiggers:

http://www2.ca.uky.edu/entomology/entfacts/entfactpdf/ef630.pdf

Fleas:

http://www2.ca.uky.edu/entomology/entfacts/entfactpdf/ef602.pdf

Approach to control with pets:

http://www2.ca.uky.edu/entomology/entfacts/entfactpdf/ef628.pdf

Parasitic mites of humans:

http://www2.ca.uky.edu/entomology/entfacts/entfactpdf/ef637.pdf

Midges:

http://www.kentuckyawake.org/Midge

Feel free to contact our office if you have other questions.

Let me know if I can help you further!


Carol Wilder
Horticulture Technician
Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service
502-569-2344
810 Barret Ave
Louisville KY 40204