Re: Bed bugs
Aoutats/harvestmites/chiggers: are nasty little b...ers. As somebody who attracts every biting insect within a kilometre, I have serious experience with these. On first encounter 7 or 8 years ago, I was clearing the side of our garden on the last day before returning to the UK and then spent the next day behind the wheel writhing all the way to Calais with over 3 dozen bites. Whatever you do, don't scratch because they will stay with you for at least 2 weeks. They can still be enflamed several days later so it helps to avoid any chafing from your clothes which can be difficult bbecause they tend to munch away under elastic and creases in the skin. I have found it essential in the garden to keep the grass cut very, very short. Wellies will help but merely tucking trousers into socks won't. If using deet, spray self and clothes at least upto knees and arms and neck. Sulphur powder on shoes is another deterrent. They tend to congregate in patches and if you can work out where they are, a spray of xylophene in dry weather but not in full sun can eradicate them but that is an extreme remedy. The pharmacist is on the right track but bathing before bedtime is shutting the stable when the horse has already bolted. Immediately you come out of the garden and indeed while you are there, rub yourself over which breaks their little legs - roll your socks down and rub down - then dump all your clothes and shower rubbing all over with soap - don't wait until bedtime.
The French cream I use to soothe bites is Onctose and every chemist seems to stock it.