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 Posted: Thu Jan 10th, 2013 12:44 PM
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This is 2013, shouldn't we be using the PC term for them and call them cheegroes?



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drinks wrote: 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.

Only the gold works.

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I second this, thanks for sharing it Don.



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Live in chigger (red bug) territory. Have found that WD-40 sprayed around tops of boots, sleaves, and waist does a wonderful "trick" on them. Also I spray my hands well and rub the back of my neck, ears, and touch on my cheeks. Then I hit my wrists and ankles with my wet hands. Takes just a minute but never get a bug--also take a good hot shower afterwards and toss the clothes into the washer. I can pick black berries for hours and come out w/o a visitor.



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-6, the stuff in WD-40 was never meant for topical application.  Be careful with that stuff.



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-6 wrote: Live in chigger (red bug) territory. Have found that WD-40 sprayed around tops of boots, sleaves, and waist does a wonderful "trick" on them. Also I spray my hands well and rub the back of my neck, ears, and touch on my cheeks. Then I hit my wrists and ankles with my wet hands. Takes just a minute but never get a bug--also take a good hot shower afterwards and toss the clothes into the washer. I can pick black berries for hours and come out w/o a visitor.
It does work, the oil clogs the breathing spiricles on the mites, and they don't venture onto it. As noted, the oils and solvents aren't for topical application, and could pose some significant health risks.  Your health, your decision. I wouldn't do it.



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TMan51 wrote:
This is 2013, shouldn't we be using the PC term for them and call them cheegroes?

No.we don't compare arthropods to humans. Not a funny attempt at humor...also goes against our board's guidelines on race, IMO.



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Mick, would you like a care package of chiggers sent to OZ so you down under types can fully participate in the outdoor experience?

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drinks wrote: Mick, would you like a care package of chiggers sent to OZ so you down under types can fully participate in the outdoor experience?

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I'd bet Mick would jump all over a trade for a couple hundred Funnel-Web spiders and a dozen Inland Taipan snakes for a Large USPS Flat Rate Box full of Chiggers and Deer Ticks!

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One thing I am glad they dont have in Minnesota.
Ft Riley Kansas has chiggers. We became intimate bed fellows.
I still remember the bloody sleeping bags.
Nasty critters.



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Okay, update.....

To keep them from even biting you, I found that the Avon stuff called 'skin so soft' works. It's an oily stuff and I guess it drowns them before they can even bite?

It does smell a little girlie...but it's better then the bite, and scratching!





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i don't get chiggers up here in New York but i know all about ticks and mosquitos -
mosquitos don't like the smell of smoke at all - wood smoke anyway - so when im working out in the woods i take a coffee can full of hay, leaves, and whatever else is around and let it smolder to make a nice fine smoke - the mosquitos will leave me alone as long as im near it -

as a more drastic measure (like when your hunting) ill typically hang my camouflage to dry next to a nice smokey fire - it brings in a lot of the smoke into the clothes - its also a natural enough smell that i don't usually scare off the critters.



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Basicly you are taking along a smudge pot, produces a little fire and lots of smoke. PITA, mostly. Garlic oil is another effective mosquito repellent.



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Clove oil will relieve the itching from bug bites. Works great on black fly bites also.



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A pause for the COZ wrote: One thing I am glad they dont have in Minnesota.
Ft Riley Kansas has chiggers. We became intimate bed fellows.
I still remember the bloody sleeping bags.
Nasty critters.

What the heck you talkin' 'bout Willis? Unless the Mississippi River acts as a biological barrier there are chiggers in Minnesota. I know that I've picked up chiggers in the riverbank parks in LaCrosse, WI. and in McGregor, Iowa. Here's a us distribution map from Wiki. If you've never had them it's sheer luck. But then again you are one lucky devil anyway Coz. LOL  RD

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So 6 you put this on your hands and then pick berries?

I remember years ago the MSDS on WD40 had a notice that one of the chemicals was carcinogenic but was not listed because of trade secrets.


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Live in chigger (red bug) territory. Have found that WD-40 sprayed around tops of boots, sleaves, and waist does a wonderful "trick" on them. Also I spray my hands well and rub the back of my neck, ears, and touch on my cheeks. Then I hit my wrists and ankles with my wet hands. Takes just a minute but never get a bug--also take a good hot shower afterwards and toss the clothes into the washer. I can pick black berries for hours and come out w/o a visitor.



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Rockydog wrote: A pause for the COZ wrote: One thing I am glad they dont have in Minnesota.
Ft Riley Kansas has chiggers. We became intimate bed fellows.
I still remember the bloody sleeping bags.
Nasty critters.

What the heck you talkin' 'bout Willis? Unless the Mississippi River acts as a biological barrier there are chiggers in Minnesota. I know that I've picked up chiggers in the riverbank parks in LaCrosse, WI. and in McGregor, Iowa. Here's a us distribution map from Wiki. If you've never had them it's sheer luck. But then again you are one lucky devil anyway Coz. LOL  RD

I have never been bitten here and I have spent a considerable amount of time out doors here. Also no one I have talked too about them here even has an idea what I am talking about.

Maybe in southern MN, But here up Nort we never see them.
If we do have them maybe we have 5 of them so no one runs across them.

Now tics, Thats some thing completely different. I have come out of the brush whiping them off like dust. Then spend the rest of the afternoon with my hands down my pants chasing what I was sure was a tic crawling up my thigh.

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On the lighter side. When I was in the scouts 25 plus years ago I remember at a big camp out hearing about a guy from another scout group with chigger bits on his nards. I guess AFTER you have the bites it isn't a good idea to spray Off on them. LOL, guy was screaming a lot.



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I got em on my gonads one time. I dont know what nards are though. So I cannot comment.

Sulfur powder is what we used back in the day. Dad Gum chiggers would eat you alive if you didn't have sulfur powder on. Now this was before OFF spray. Now I just spray OFF on me and the Grandkids and go. I know some folks are allergic to DEET so they can get sulfur powder and be good.



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I live in biting critter heaven, the land of hanging Spanish Moss, salt water marshes and Live Oak trees. I found just one thing that will kill Chigros and keep them off while in the woods. I use a dog dip strength mixture of malithion. That is a bottle cap full to 5 gallons of water. put it in a spray bottle and spray your boots, then your pants legs from the knees down. Make sure the mixture is very light as malathion will kill nerves in the skin at full strength.

If you get the Red Bugs in tender spots got to the pet store and get Cat flea spray. Cats have a very sensitive nervous system and unlike a dog, require a light dose of bug killer. But sprayed upon your privates the cat spray will kill the bugs upon contact and not do harm. Oh, suggest you spray well before female contact least you get cast out with the dog.:thumbs:

On yellow flies, black flies, etc. the nasty suckers, try Off Garden Fogger. Spray it in one hand as a foam and apply it to the places you do not want eaten. The rest of the stuff yellow flies seem to enjoy as an after dinner aperitif. This also works on No See-ums which we also have by the gazillions.
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Putting an organo-phosphate insecticide on your clothes or skin is a really, really bad idea. Doesn't "kill nerves in skin", OPs are cholinesterase inhibitors. Acetyl choline is what transmits nerve impulses across the nerve synapse. Cholinesterase "erases" the acetyl choline, and insures the nerve impulse just fires once. When it isn't produced, you will get tremors and muscle spasms. Not so bad on your skeletal muscles, but plays hell with your diaphragm. Kinda screws your ability to breath and such. That's why OPs aren't on the market now, for the most part. They affect any life form that uses choline to transmit nerve impulses, including mammals.
I'd find an alternative...



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