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Please be aware that pollen beetles can bite and cause very nasty blisters. If you ever come across them, stay away from them! They are smaller than a grain of rice and you will find them amongst the pollen in flowers - they love sweet peas and rape. About two years ago I was bitten by one on my inside wrist. It was quite a nasty bite and it bled a bit. I instinctively sucked the bite and thought not much more about it apart from a bit of an itch. The following morning I woke up and my wrist had swollen a lot, as had my bottom lip and my ear! I must have slept with my ear on my wrist. Over the next few days it got worse and worse and developed into huge blisters. I went to the doctor and was diagnosed with cellulitis - a pretty nasty blood poisoning condition which was creeping up my arm. I was given heavy antibiotics and antihistamine cream and tablets and told to move my arm as little as possible. I am now quite paranoid about these little beetles.
I used to live in the country and hated the things. Now I live in an urban area and I can sit out in the sun again as we don't have them.
We also used to be invaded by thrips which made your life an absolute misery, and ended up inside the pictures and the computer monitor. They also used to bite, usually round the elasticated edges of your bra and pants!