Soil And Organisms
Legionnaires Disease – Legionella bacteria is found in mosit condtions including commercial compost. It is a form of pneumonia.
To avoid: Open bags of potting mix/compost in a ventalated area. Avoid breathing in when opening (hold your breath or turn your face away). Wash hands well after gardening.
Tetanus – is a bacteria present in soil and animal manures. It can cause stiffness in neck and upper torso and high temperature.
To avoid: Immunisation. Cover cuts and open wounds when gardening.
Toxoplasmosis – found it cat faeces. If ingested can enter bloodsteam
To Avoid – wear gloves when gardening and wash hands thoroughly afterwards
Stinging Nettle – Likes moist areas and sheep manure. Causes itching, redness, pins and needles
Wash affected area with soap and water. A paste of bakign soda and water may help. In severe cases hydrocortisone cream may be requires.
Poisonous plants – Such as Oleander
Allergy Causing plants – know your triggers! (Mine is geranium) – either avoid those plants or stock up on Hayfever medication
For both Poisonious and Allergy causing plants – consider removing the plants, store bulbs and seeds safely, wear appropriate protective gear)
Insect Bites and Stings
Wasps and Bees – Wasps do not leave their sting behind and can sting again and again! Apply a cold pack to the area. Seek urgent medical attention if swelling is severe.
Spiders – Katipo and redback spiders are rare. Tunnel web spider bite can cause pain and swelling. White tails are just nasty! if in doubt seek medical attention/
To avoid: Be aware that some perfumes and body lotions may attract bees or wasps. Wear suitable footwear and gloves.