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Old 01-10-2015, 05:30 PM   #15
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DANGEROUS carnivorous TROMBICULIDAE... beware

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Keep open bag of sulfur on tray inside and next to door.

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Old 01-10-2015, 05:31 PM   #16
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If you're lucky enough to get them dip with fingernail polish. Any color will do. If you live in the south you likely have had them at one time or another in your life.


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Old 01-10-2015, 05:44 PM   #17
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Here's the real skinny on chiggers. There are a lot of myths and misconceptions, there is some very good information at this site.
Caution: they show people with a lot of bites, makes me itch just looking at them. I've had them once and that was enough. Lots of repellant for me in the woods and fields now.

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Old 01-11-2015, 12:40 PM   #18
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Yes, a dab of fingernail polish on each affected area will stop the itch; doesn't matter the color.
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Old 01-11-2015, 12:48 PM   #19
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Not ONLY found in the south. Plenty of them in Missouri and Kansas. I second the sulfur powder. Are they also found in the desert southwest areas ???? Seems to be mostly in grassland and forested areas that I'm aware of.
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Old 01-11-2015, 12:53 PM   #20
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Unhappy Flying Teeth

Originally Posted by Lily&Me View Post

I had chiggers on and in my legs just once. I was told to put bleach in the bathtub (a quarter cup or so) and sit in it for 10 minutes. Killed the little buggers dead. The end.

Worse and more determined, IMO, are the vicious little no-see-ums of the south. Horrible little things that love my skin and my scalp.

I'm sure you'll be happy to get on the road.

You are absolutely right. We have what we call "Flying Teeth" around here. Absolutely invisible. Without Mercy. I'd rather be stung by bees.
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Old 01-11-2015, 02:49 PM   #21
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I keep a small bottle of Chigarid on hand.
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Old 01-12-2015, 02:20 PM   #22
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Chiggers are actually found in every state in the continental USA.
Avoid grasses when hiking and tight clothing. They love waistbands,etc.
Best treatment after is clear nail polish. Smothers them and they die and the itching stops.
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Old 01-12-2015, 02:51 PM   #23
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Chiggers- How to Treat: Did I get an education after posting this Thread.

I searched Google and there are some wild things about chiggers. What they are and Grandma's ineffective cures... like finger nail polish. But if you do use this "cure" use clear... not colored. Looks better when you get back to the office.

"When I told my dermatologist that you could cover your chigger bites with clear nail polish to get rid of them he laughed at me and said that ..." Chiggers How to Treat Finger Nail Polish was the search terms.

Also nothing "burrows into your skin, lays eggs or is eating their way to your heart". The chigger drills into your flesh and injects fluids to digest you... a little at a time. It is this irritation that you suffer from... after the chigger is content and enjoying having you as a dinner guest, they drop off and diet. Although you are the "menu" at dinner. Not a guest.

Another post: "One common home remedy for chiggers is to use clear nail polish. ... Before applying clear nail polish to the skin, you must shower with hot water and scrub your ..."

Scrub your... ? but that was the opening statement on Google treatments. I was a bit concerned about scrubbing anything.

I just have NO extensive chigger cures.

Prevention Methods?
Take a spray can of insect repellant, spray any access points to your fleshy body parts and tell us how it worked. Works for mosquitos. Not much for biting flies... but, that is why we have a Forum to discuss these important subjects. Bear repellant... comes in a can as well. Maybe not strong enough for Chigger Repellant... but, I have not tried that either.

You are on your own.
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Old 01-12-2015, 03:10 PM   #24
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Kill it with fire. Problem solved. Your welcome.

On a serious note, one more reason for proper clothing. I know you want to wear shocks and sandals thru that tall grass during that hike, but that's a good why to attack ticks and other things to areas you don't want them visiting.
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Old 01-12-2015, 04:18 PM   #25
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I remember getting treated with Dr. Tichners antiseptic lotion when I would get chiggers. Got them real bad once picking blackberries in Denham Springs, LA back in the 50s.
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Old 01-12-2015, 04:27 PM   #26
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Originally Posted by Ag&Au View Post
I used to work with a fellow who was about 5'4" and had bright red hair. One of the guys nick-named him "Chigger", because he was "small, red and annoying." Unfortunately for him, it stuck. So far he's the only one I've ever seen.

That's not a 'chigger'

That's a 'ginger'

Much worse, as they have no soul.
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Old 01-12-2015, 07:39 PM   #27
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Originally Posted by boondockdad View Post
That's not a 'chigger'

That's a 'ginger'

Much worse, as they have no soul.
Sounds like you've been watching "South ParK"

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