Leech Bites – More Gross Sydney Animals Sucking My Blood

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Look I’m an animal lover, but some species can really stretch a friendship!

We have leeches in our garden when it’s wet and they seem to love me a lot more than I love them.

Silly little suckers.

Did you know the leeches here in Australia have two jaws and leave a V-shaped wound? In other parts of Asia, they have three jaws, so at least that’s something.

Leeches can ingest up to ten times their body weight in blood. The ones I’ve met certainly have a go at that.

Five Top Tips For Those Whom Leeches Love

1. Do not panic, leech bites are harmless, no diseases will be passed.

2. You can gently pull the leech off; push your finger against the sucker and gently roll it away. This is the humane method.

3. Or be cruel and put some salt on the leech’s skin, it will fall off and expire.

4. Wearing shoes will help prevent them attaching – note to self.

5. Don’t worry if the little wound bleeds for a while, that’s normal. Do worry if it becomes infected, visit a doctor.

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There are enough little creatures wanting me to feed them in this house. I really don’t have time for leeches.

They are great for making your kids squirm and say ‘yeuch!’ though.

Now have I ever told you about the time I was lost in the jungles of Borneo, wearing leech socks which proved useless?

Lets just say that they invaded my knickers and there was blood everywhere.

Anyone or anything bitten you lately?

Do you have these little suckers in your garden too?

Lovely, aren’t they?

Take it easy,

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PS Great leech info from Australian Museum here

A post on sea lice bites here – with photos of my thighs – sorry!

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8 Comments

  • Reply May 30, 2013

    Me

    We don’t have them in our garden thank goodness but I did get them (whilst wearing shoes) when we were out Stanthorpe way and got flooded in and couldn’t get home. I was not happy !!!! We found the first one just after we got back to the car but the second one must have been inside my shoe and I didn’t notice it until I took my foot out to put on the dashboard. Needless to say my scream nearly caused A to have an accident.
    I HATE the little buggers – with a passion !!!
    Have the best day !
    Me
    PS – I’m not terribly interested in any humane way to kill them – the quicker the better – with whatever we have on hand !! (Unfortunately no salt in the car so A had to get a serviette and squash it !!!)

    • Reply May 30, 2013

      Seana Smith

      They do make your stomach turn, don’t they. Small but ‘orrible.

  • Reply May 30, 2013

    Martine

    I didnt even know we had leeches in backyards here..I thought they were just a jungles of Borneo thing that you saw in the movies and needed fire to get off!

  • Reply May 30, 2013

    Desire Empire

    Not nice at all. I get the odd tick, but thankfully nothing much else.
    Carolyn

  • Lol, it’s amazing what you get used too. Everybody talks about the snakes and cockroaches in Aus but no one ever mentions the leeches!

  • Reply May 30, 2013

    Mairi Stones

    yeuk!!!! Wrong country I say!

    Mind you the midges are about to come out here and they are pesky, no doubt about that. XX

  • Reply May 31, 2013

    Janet

    My kitty came in the other day with a leech under her chin (pretty sure it was a leech) – it wasn’t attached yet so we flicked it off. Heaven only knows where she got it from!

  • Reply October 14, 2013

    Rachel

    Gross! I can cope with the odd leech when camping or bushwalking, but I think I’d be moving if they were in my backyard.

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