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 Posted: Sat Apr 29th, 2006 10:38 PM
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...How the hell do you keep them little sum bitches off of ya.I am covered in chigger bites.It always happens this time of year.I`ve tried dog tick collars on my boots,sulfur dust on my boots..etc..I hate them damned things and they hurt like hell..



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before i go on a prairie dog shoot, i douse myself liberally w/ off! spray.

can't say fer sure fer sure how effective it is... but, the only time i ever got chiggers was the one time i didn't hose that stuff on me. i can also tell you that that was one of the most miserable times in recent history for me. and there is simply no relief. i tried everything i could think of...



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Any repellant with DEET in it will work fine for chiggers. Some of the permethrin based killer/repellants will work, too. I don't consider applying a pesticide like permethrin to my skin or clothes a particularly smart thing to do, though. Personally, I prefer the DEET.

Important to shower and wash very thouroughly after possible exposure to chiggers.



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I will try the OFF stuff.It is mandatory for fishing at Taivoli on the Guadalupe river.My goodness I have never seen mosquitoes like that place has.   Even the orange groves in south Florida at night weren`t as bad as Taivoli is....



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You all are gonna think Im nuts and you may be right but I grew up in Kansas chigger capitol and the only thing that worked for me was bathing with the original scent Irish spring soap, Dont have chiggers here but man we got the ticks bad and as long as I bath with Irish spring and wash the dog with it we dont have ticks bothering us. It has to be the green bar with original scent the new scented blue bars dont work. Also used to have a mouse problem in our dresser drawers but I cut up a bar of Irish spring soap the green stuff and put big slivers in our dresser drawers and we no longer have our mouse problems. The only thing Is I hate the smell of that stuff but it works so I use it. Jimmy



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For over 40 years I have been using Dial Gold bath soap and for that length of time I have had very few chiggers, my wife did not believe me, but after we went out and she came back eat alive and I only had a few, she finally gave up her Camay and she is now as chigger proof as I am.

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It's a thread from the past, but I thought it deserves to be brought back to the top of the list.  Anyone that has ever encounter a couple hundred bites from these nearly invisible terrorists, needs to know who to prevent, and in the event you didn't prepare ahead of time.  The way to reduce the amount of pain!

 

If I'm working a food plot in the warmer weather, I hose myself down with enough OFF Deep Woods to probably give myself some kind of skin cancer(it's better then what chiggers do).

Even a few will make their way through all the defenses, so what to use?  Chigger Relief gets the call, but you'll still be wanting to itch the areas...Don't do it!  You will suffer longer due to the infections!

Here's the link to get this wonder stuff....it works for me and I'd recommend it for anyone!  http://www.chemcraft.net/chigger.html

 

 

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100% DEET seems to work the best.



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Just remember, before hosing yourself or your kids down continously with DEET, there have a been a couple of fatal exposures documented. The one case I recall was a year or two back in California. Idiot parents ignored the label and blasted their young daughter with high doses of DEET. As we professionals say, "OPPS!"

There is a difference between a theraputic dose and a harmful dose.



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lived in east Texas for a while and  we would put two cotton socks together (one inside the other) 

 get sulfur powder fill the bag  and then dust our selves with this set up especially ankles wrists shirt collar ect.(any point of entry, or exposed skin arms legs ect)

might be worth a try ,no harmful chemicals , no bad smell ,dose not spook the wildlife

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I think the politically correct term for them little critters is "Insect Americans". I hear tell they don't like "the C word".

Don't know much about chiggers, except when I lived in Lithonia, GA for a while, my young cousin asked an interesting philosophical question about their name.

I know that the skeeters out here don't like the old-style GI camo grease paint. They'll land on it but then take right off again without biting. Probably plugs up their snouts, or else they don't like shaking it off their feet after they step in it.

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avon skin so soft works better than anything i have ever used



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Now dont laugh, but for mosquito's (both the Aedies Egypti, Anopholes) I have found Listerine mouth wash, splashed liberally around where you are fishing to be extremely effective around mangrove swamps.

Another thing is eucalyptus oil, mixed with lanolin or your choice of "base grease" to be effective too.

We dont have chiggers here though, so I hope this works for you .....

Are these what you are referring to?

A common species of harvest mite in Northern America is Trombicula alfreddugesi .

. The six-legged parasitic larva feeds on a large variety of creatures including humans, rabbits, toads, box turtles, quail, and even some insects. After crawling onto their host, they inject digestive enzymes into the skin that break down skin cells. They do not actually "bite," but instead form a hole in the skin called a stylostome and chew up tiny parts of the inner skin, thus causing severe irritation and swelling. The severe itching is accompanied by red pimple-like bumps (papules) or hives and skin rash or lesions on a sun-exposed area. For humans, itching usually occurs after the larvae detach from the skin.[8]

(Thank you wikipedia.... )

This may also give some insight.

http://pediatrics.about.com/lr/chigger_bite_treatments/61809/1/


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All the above are good ideas.

In addition, Be sure to wear boots. At least over your ankles. Not shoes.

Pull your pants legs down OVER the outside of your boots and install two or three very heavy rubber bands around your ankle area outside your jeans which are outside your boots. This should very tightly seal off your legs from the outside world. It is not 100% but is at least ( for me ) 98% effective. the chemicals will take care of the rest.

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Back in my innocent youth I attended a large lawn party on a hot summer night at a house on the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River in NE Iowa. After drinking my fair share of a keg of Pabst Blue Ribbon I decided to close my eyes for a brief moment before driving home and woke up some 4 or 5 hours later soaked to the skin in a heavy dew with not another soul in sight. I drove the twenty miles home and started getting a bit itchy on the way. By the time I got home my entire body was covered in a bright red rash with bumps all over it, I looked like a 230 pound radish. The only place that wasn't red was under my belt. I was very familiar with chiggers but never gave it a thought that they could be this bad. I was convinced that I had hives or shingles or God knows what. I was in pure hell and couldn't stand the itching. A trip to the doctor confirmed chiggers. When he heard the story of where I was he was laughing so hard he could hardly write the prescription. A little antihistamine IIRC and some calamine lotion helped a bit but it was a couple of days before the itching stopped. Hangovers with complications, not good. RD



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Aussie Mick wrote: Now dont laugh, but for mosquito's (both the Aedies Egypti, Anopholes) I have found Listerine mouth wash, splashed liberally around where you are fishing to be extremely effective around mangrove swamps.

Another thing is eucalyptus oil, mixed with lanolin or your choice of "base grease" to be effective too.

We dont have chiggers here though, so I hope this works for you .....

Are these what you are referring to?

A common species of harvest mite in Northern America is Trombicula alfreddugesi .

. The six-legged parasitic larva feeds on a large variety of creatures including humans, rabbits, toads, box turtles, quail, and even some insects. After crawling onto their host, they inject digestive enzymes into the skin that break down skin cells. They do not actually "bite," but instead form a hole in the skin called a stylostome and chew up tiny parts of the inner skin, thus causing severe irritation and swelling. The severe itching is accompanied by red pimple-like bumps (papules) or hives and skin rash or lesions on a sun-exposed area. For humans, itching usually occurs after the larvae detach from the skin.[8]

(Thank you wikipedia.... )

This may also give some insight.

http://pediatrics.about.com/lr/chigger_bite_treatments/61809/1/


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Several hundred to several thousand mite species in the US, depending on what authority you listen to. That is the one refered to as the chigger, though.

Eucalyptus oil should be pretty repellent to most mosquito species, garlic oil certainly is. There is a pretty decent OTC product to treat areas to keep mosquitos away for a week or two that contains garlic oil, thyme oil, and a couple of others. Quite effective, too. Nice to have before a barbecue or party.



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I have sprayed my clothes myself and no matter what I try it seems at least one will burn through.



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The Listerine and Irish Spring I have heard of, so you guys aren't crazy. I lived in the country, rural South, for most of my youth. Even in the hottest of days, if in the woods or field we were taught to wear long pants and boots. I also was made to wear long sleeve shirts, preferably flannel, but that is a story for another day. I never had any problem with chiggers except when I failed to follow that advice and wear shorts. The other requirement was to remove pants and socks as soon as we came in. On the rare occasion that I did get chigger bites on my legs, my Mom's remedy was Clorox. She would wipe us down, or if we were coming in for the day she would make us take a hot bath that she added copious amounts of bleach to our bathwater. Ahh, the good ole days.



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Wheni lived in FL ,we took some bleach,as stated.If some ciggers were still biting,we covered the bites with nail polish.It worked  real good.If you want to have some try some of that black lail polish,he,he.People will run from you lol.panman

 



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tnpaul wrote: I have sprayed my clothes myself and no matter what I try it seems at least one will burn through.
tnpaul,

To relieve the devil's own itching of the bite and promote quick healing try the following...

Pick-up these 3 medications, Lanacane cream, Benedryl cream and 1% hydrocortisone cream. Apply all three of the ointments to each bite per the package instructions. Use the 1% hydrocortisone as sparingly as possible due to the progressive desensitization to that medication (the more you use and the more often you use hydrocortisone the less effective it becomes).

The Lanacane will provide itch relife in 5 to 15 minutes and last an hour or two. The Benedryl takes 30 to 60 minutes to have full affect and will reduce itching and swelling for 4 to 6 hours the hydrocortisone promotes healing, reduces swelling and stops itching for 12 hours or so. Apply all 3 creams twice a day for 3 to 5 days and you'll never know the little critters were even there.    



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