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Author Topic:   Chiggers!

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From: wimberley, TX
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posted June 04, 2006 08:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for tgsloth     Edit/Delete Message
I was inspired by the diverse expertise shown in the discussion on coping with scorpions- both keeping them out and treating their stings. What about the "C" bug?

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posted June 04, 2006 10:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mr Chievous     Edit/Delete Message
I am posting chigger info from Dirtdoctor.com. Should should be able to control organically with info below.

Natural control: Increased soil moisture. Some researchers say chiggers have no natural enemies. That may be true, but the imported fire ants will certainly eliminate them.

Organic control: Sulfur dust is a good repellent. So is lemonmint, also called horsemint (Monarda citriodora). Take a hot, soapy bath to remove larvae. Stop the itching with baking soda, vinegar, aloe vera, or comfrey juice.

Insight: If you have to walk through property that's dry and weedy and it's summertime, take a few precautions. First, don't wear shorts. Second, dust your shoes, pant legs, and socks with powdered sulfur. It's available at any nursery or feed store. Rubbing the crushed flowers of lemonmint on your clothing will also repel chiggers.

Chiggers can be controlled with a broadcast application of diatomaceous earth or an application of granular or dusting sulfur at 5 pounds per 1,000 square feet. If you have alkaline soil, the sulfur is also a good soil amendment. If you have acid soil, just don't overdo it. Excess sulfur will kill or severely imbalance the microorganisms in the soil. If your property is watered occasionally, chiggers won't be a problem.

We know one outdoorsman who swears that if you don't wear underwear or socks, the chiggers won't have a place to hide and won't bother you.

Treat infested sites with elemental sulfur at 5 pounds per 1,000 square feet. People allergic to sulfur can spray the site with the Garden-Ville Fire Ant Control formula. Chiggers like dry infertile soil. Increase the organic matter and the water holding capacity of the soil and the pressure from these mites will be minimal. Lava sand or other volcanic material will help the soil’s moisture retention. Apply baby oil to your body before dressing if you plan to be in infested area.

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posted June 05, 2006 05:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fisherman     Edit/Delete Message
If it's too late, place a dab of clear fingernail polish on the chigger mark and the pain will go away very quickly. My wife had chiggers for 3 days and within 15 minutes of this application she was amazed at the relief

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From: wimberley, tx hays
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posted June 08, 2006 09:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mme     Edit/Delete Message
Originally posted by tgsloth:
I was inspired by the diverse expertise shown in the discussion on coping with scorpions- both keeping them out and treating their stings. What about the "C" bug?

Clear nail polish is the best, also a bath in baking soda, or Aveeno Colloidal Oatmeal skin treatment.
My poor little grandson (6) was alsmost eaten alive with the things. ALL over, most painful..nail polish in the most tender areas was not used, but and ice pack was. I called the dr. and the drug store, and they said the chiggers were really bad this year. We moved her last Mar. and don't remember them being at all this bad.
Scorpions... they weren't this bad last year either... is it the heat? it is so very hot early... I have the house sprayed every quarter but killed 4 yesterday in various parts of the house. They are awful..and very painful..last for a couple of days... those that say no big deal, but be dead. My grandkids are so afraid of them ... we have to use more electricity to make sure they aren't on the floors at night! My neighbors don't have a problem with them, or else they just don't see as well as we do. ?

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posted July 10, 2006 01:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for AGBQ87     Edit/Delete Message
At least chiggars don't carry West Nile Virus, like the blood sucking mosquitoes we are leaving behind in Houston

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posted March 02, 2007 04:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for April     Edit/Delete Message
A dab of household ammonia on a chigger bite will usually kill the larvae that is developing under your skin and causing the severe itching, might have to apply it twice.

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posted July 24, 2007 11:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for grnthumb     Edit/Delete Message
They're back! The chiggers. This year we have lots of ticks, too. The rain does seem to slow them down temporarily but they're out there and jumping whenever the sun comes out. Lots of Deep Woods OFF is the best bet.

Chiggers are uncomfortable and annoying and irritating but the ticks carry more interesting diseases, including Lyme Disease.

Make no mistake. Lyme Disease does exist in this area. After going out into woodsy or grassy areas making sure you scrub down in a shower can prevent a lot of grief later.

Diatomaceous earth is effective in keeping bugs down, but has to be applied again after a rain, just like any treatment. What it has going for it is the lack of toxicity to pets and humans. A big plus.

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