Horse flies, those large insects that look like flies, can sometimes bite. Here’s how to treat a horse fly bite.
The flies They are easily recognizable by their large, fly-like appearance, with their large eyes and translucent wings. Depending on the species, it can be gray-black, striped, or with copper highlights. He is fond of bloodsucking animals, and is often seen around the meadows where cows or horses graze. But he can also human blood !
Horse fly, one of the unwanted summer insects
He, or rather she, because the male fly is harmless and it feeds only on flowers. She is the female who feeds on blood to feed her offspring. Another clarification: The fly does not sting, he bites! We should talk instead Horse fly bite, to be more precise. The female horse fly It cuts the skin of its victim with the help of some kind of dagger and then sucks the blood on which it feeds.
The insect is active between May and September. If you walk near animals, ride horses, but also go into the forest, you may risk passing through it. The flies We also appreciate the water bodies: they can be found by the pool in summer.
How to avoid being bitten by a horse fly?
for Avoid horse fliesWear long, light-coloured clothing: Horse flies tend to bite brown-skinned animals. Dry yourself quickly after swimming in the pool, because Horse flies love wet skin.
You can cover yourself with insect repellent. Horse flies don’t like the smellPeppermint essential oil Or medicinal lavender: You can dilute a drop in sunscreen for example, before dispensing on the body (except for children under six and pregnant and lactating women).
You can also use a file insect trap. You can make it yourself, using the neck of the bottle turned upside down at the bottom of the bottle, where you will place the syrup. There are also commercially available Horse fly traps It consists of a kind of inverted funnel and a large black ball. This heat solution, without insecticides, can be useful when you live, for example, near a barn or stable.
What do you do after a horse fly bite?
It’s hard to realize that a fly landed on us, because its legs are equipped with pads to cushion its landing. in contrast, His bite is painfulThe insect remains motionless time to pump blood. So we can catch the insect or even kill it when we realize it is biting us.
The following reactions a Horse fly bite It can vary from person to person. While for some it causes a slight burning sensation that disappears after a few hours, others may notice it inflammatory reactions : The skin reddens, a pimple appears… It can develop in other people too Allergic reactionswasp stings.
If, in most cases, a Horse fly bite is not dangerousSometimes, the female can transmit diseases or parasites, such as anthrax or tularemia, or an infection transmitted by a tapeworm.
When we are Bitten by a horse flyThe best thing to do is clean the wound with a bandage and alcohol or hexamidine. If you don’t have one, clean it with soap and water. It is not recommended to apply it cold Horse fly bites (such as a wasp or a bee), because the cold freezes potentially toxic substances.
In most cases, redness and slight swelling will appear that may be caused by a Horse fly bite It disappears after a few hours. If the area is very swollen and very painful in case of hives or a fever, call your doctor. if a person has an allergy and certain symptoms appear (severe itching, swelling of the face, nausea, vomiting, etc.), anaphylactic shock It may be possible: to call SAMU without delay.
Banner illustration: Male Persians do not bite, they feed on pollen © Achkin
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