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Jun. 14th, 2005

First it was Saku and the oh-my=f'n-god-that's-a-huge-tick.

Now it's my turn.

Chiggers.

My legs are covered in bites from them. I recall this happening last fall here in Virginia, but I couldn't pin down the source since I didn't even know what chiggers were. I thought I'd got a case of poison ivy somehow.

All I knew is that I'd start developing INCREDIBLY itchy bitemarks on my legs, usually the backs of my knees and where my socks meet my calves. But they'd come out of NOWHERE ... I wouldn't see a thing. I'm real cautious on fleas, and I know flea bites. These are not them as I can generally see and feel when a flea bites me.

Well, last night using a magnifying glass I _found_ one of the little red things on me. Argh! They're being tracked in the house and jumping onto my legs while I sit at the computer chair. This is not cool, this is not acceptable. Galen was like "Rub some anti-itch cream on them" and it's like.. ok.. use the whole bottle maybe! There are over 30 bites on each of my legs. I'm taking claritin to see if that'll make the itching lessen.

There's a lot of misinformation on chiggers. They don't burrow into your skin, they don't lay their eggs on you.

http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/2000/2100.html

This.. constant.. itching.. is bugging the hell out of me and making me not a very nice person to be around at the moment.

First pollen from hell. Now insects from hell. What's next?

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rebelsheart
Jun. 14th, 2005 03:41 pm (UTC)
100+ degree temps with 100% humidity, 0 cloud cover, and no chance of rain for weeks. That's what's next.
wolffit
Jun. 14th, 2005 05:56 pm (UTC)
Y'know, the coffee is cold.. in hell.

Maybe I should look into the solar powered air exchanger setup that is optional on european audi's. It provides some ventilation to reduce the temps in the car without the risk of leaving the windows open.

- Keman
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camstone
Jun. 14th, 2005 04:22 pm (UTC)
First pollen from hell. Now insects from hell. What's next?

Build an arc?

No seriously, I also agree with Rigel that it might be time to consider some serious "bug bomb" for the house or at least some methods for dealing with these "buggers." When I go on walks, I tend to spray myself lightly with "Cutter" whereever I have exposed skin. If you want a more "natural" product, "Soft Sense" also works well - cut 50/50 with water and then sprayed onto you and the pup. We use that on some of our horses, and it works quite well, and is pretty inexpensive.
aerowolf
Jun. 14th, 2005 05:56 pm (UTC)
There was this product from Avon, I don't remember what it was called... came in a stick, or a spray, but it worked better than DEET to keep insects off. :P
kwik
Jun. 14th, 2005 04:36 pm (UTC)
The most wonderful thing about chiggers,
is chiggers are wonderful things.
Their tops are made out of rubber,
their bottoms are made out of springs....

or more seriously, they love warm moist area's of the body. So.. watch out or you can end up with serious swelling in areas that are just above your knees. Which, as you could probably guess, is less fun than what your already having.
wolffit
Jun. 14th, 2005 06:00 pm (UTC)
A number of people have informed me of this.

Lucky me-- I wear tight underwear that they probably can't get under or through. This would explain the bitemarks just above the waistline that I get very occasionally though.

We need the ones from europe. They don't produce a reaction in humans. They produce a reaction in us because we're the wrong host. Nearly invisible, no reaction? Then I don't care they can do what they want just like dust mites. But these... jesus.. these things are worse than mosquitos!

- Keman
kwik
Jun. 15th, 2005 12:25 am (UTC)
Lucky me-- I wear tight underwear that they probably can't get under or through.


sounds delicious...I'd bite you too ;)
hydra_velsen
Jun. 14th, 2005 04:47 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty sure they're related to ticks and mites. At any rate an old folk remedy for chiggers is to wash yourself in heavy tallow soap but dont wash the soap off. It evidently smothers them.
dogcandy
Jun. 14th, 2005 04:51 pm (UTC)
Yeah, chiggers are a mite. They need damp places to live, keep the lawn short, don't grow bushes/vines against the house. Take Saku out on well established trails, concrete/pavement would be the best. Most pet shampoo will get rid of chiggers/ticks and if you get in with Saku to wash him it takes care of you too. :)
harlkyn
Jun. 14th, 2005 04:59 pm (UTC)
You know what this is? This is karma for moving away from the bay area and leaving your friends without a decent mechanic. :)
aerowolf
Jun. 14th, 2005 05:55 pm (UTC)
Ants. Lots and lots of ants that are small and red and bite and leave bites that get infected and leave scars.
wolffit
Jun. 14th, 2005 06:22 pm (UTC)
We got those too.

http://www.ext.vt.edu/pubs/entomology/444-284/444-284.html

And I've seen them crawling on my car as of late. Looks like I should go find the mound and report them to the authorities.

We have a larger, non RIFA roaming around the entrance to our house, and inside the house. It has the classic 4th node allowing it to sting. I'm really not happy with this fact. Galen has been pooh-poohing the idea of calling an exterminator, but quite frankly the risk exists of Saku, trapped in a cage, being killed by these ants.

It's time to call an exterminator.

- Keman
aldebron
Jun. 14th, 2005 06:02 pm (UTC)
we callem "no see-ums" arent they cute?
dogcandy
Jun. 14th, 2005 09:20 pm (UTC)
Bug infested lower 48! Yet.. it is still better than here. A bit of arsenic powder will clean those problems right up, to bad that is illegal.
dogcandy
Jun. 14th, 2005 09:22 pm (UTC)
Note: If you can get your hands on the old kind of presure treated wood make some saw dust of it, spread it around your house in a two foot swath. That keeps crawling bugs out for a few months.
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