Sometime over the weekend my husband was bitten by one of these just below his ribcage. By Sunday evening he had a sizeable welt with a black center. By early AM he was quite ill.
After an expensive trip to the doctor and even more expensive antibiotics, he is on the mend, though last night was fairly rough.
Naturally this had to happen while we were between health insurance companies, thanks to his new employer's policy concerning new employees (sixty day waiting period). Oh. And no paycheck this week.
Generally this guy is healthy and he rarely needs a doctor, but this summer he's been sick several times. Not counting yesterday, he's had to see the doctor twice within the last month, a different issue both times. I asked the doctor if his warranty was up and if it was time to trade him in on a newer model. The doctor said this kind only gets more expensive with age, but he's probably worth another thousand miles of maintenance. :)