Identifying marks Different shapes and colours. Diamond- or coffinshaped head with prominent beak folding underneath the head. Hard exoskeleton, long feelers. Up to 25mm long. Emergency measures
Wash with soap and water, pat dry and use antiseptic cream or powder. Apply cold pack to reduce pain and swelling. Use pain-relief medication if needed. Seek medical attention if allergic reaction such as swelling or breathing difficulty occurs. Lingering effects
Immediate extreme burning pain, developing into itchy lump that may persist for several days. Action needed?
Look out for assassin bugs when you’re gardening, and wear gloves for protection.