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Old 06-25-2013, 09:00 PM   #21
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What's a chigger?

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Old 06-25-2013, 09:12 PM   #22
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When I read all these posts, I'm sure glad we live out here in Western Washington. We have a few skeeters, but they're slow enough that you can usually swat them after they touch down and before the deploy the drill rig.

We've never encountered chiggers or ticks, at least not in the areas around the salt water. When we lived in Tidewater Virginia (Hampton/Newport News area), biting bugs were the bane of our lives. I remember one evening, our oldest daughter (about 6 at the time) stepped out the front door and within 2 minutes had over a hundred bites.

There's a tale about campers in VA. Two mosquitoes are sitting on the ridge-pole of a tent, reviewing the person inside. One says to the other "are we going to eat this guy here or take him back to the swamp?" The other one says,"we'll eat him here. If we take him back to the swamp, those big mosquitoes will take him away from us."

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Old 06-25-2013, 09:20 PM   #23
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Old 06-25-2013, 09:40 PM   #24
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Bug bites are annoying, but what scares me worse are the tragic diseases.
Lymes disease from tick bites is often life-altering and West Nile Virus from mosquitoes kills and devastates survivors by literally turning brains to mush.
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Old 06-25-2013, 09:55 PM   #25
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South Texas is going through its worse drought since the 1950's, so Mosquitos are not a problem. Gnats, now that's another story. During wet years when Mosquitos are a problem we use Deet spray, a fan and Ill drop a small log of mesquite into the grille to produce some smoke to help camouflage us from the skeeters.

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Old 06-25-2013, 10:10 PM   #26
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What's a chigger?
As I have never seen them, but bitten by them many times... Here is pic and definition. I haven't been bitten by them for some time, however, as a kid playing in the grass usually attracted them.
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Old 06-25-2013, 10:46 PM   #27
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Northern BC. Where mosquitos are the size of footballs. I have a .410 shotgun loaded with '00' shot. Not bad eating, either. Cook 'em up good though.
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Old 06-26-2013, 12:28 AM   #28
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Trivia bit

Male mosquitos are vegetarians, they feed off plants. Females only go after blood, any one who has an X can testify to this
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Old 06-26-2013, 03:13 AM   #29
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I spray my yard a few times a year with Malathion which is essentially used to spray fruit trees to kill worm larva. It will kill mosquito eggs and after about three days I don't have another problem with them until a torrential downpour occurs and hatches some eggs I missed somewhere. You can buy it at any farm store around Michigan or I assume order it online. It goes for about 25 to 30 bucks a gallon around here and a gallon will do my 1/2 acre and the neighbors for two years. Just don't let pets or kids on the yard until its dry. I swear by it.
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Old 06-26-2013, 06:28 AM   #30
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Strange as this may sound (especially coming from the male population) if a chigger gets you, use clear nail polish to cover it. It takes care of the issue. My mother taught me this when I was a kid. Also, we have used "after bite" for skeeter bites. It takes the itching away.
Ah hah! Someone's Mom a very smart lady. The clear polish also kills ringworms. DH keeps after bite in his bathroom and we both use it often. I contains ammonia yanno.

DH is a skeeter magnet. I seldom get bitten by skeeters. It's chiggers that love me.

DH brought this home the other day:

Sawyer Premium Permethrin Clothing Insect Repellent Trigger Spray : : Sports & Outdoors

Haven't used it yet. I stand by Avon Skin So Soft though. Tried and true with my sons when they were little.

Yes, you can actually allergic to skeeter bites. Oldest son was, and when he'd get bitten it was like a horrible spider bite. HUGE red pone popped up as big as a tennis ball.

I also gave him garlic tablets. It works.


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