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I scratch em till they bleed in the bedsheets!!!! Sorry havent found a fix for those critters yet. Wear pants and tuck your shirt in. That at least keeps them around the ankle area instead of in your waistline.. At this time of year I pretty much always have chigger blood scars somewhere on my ankles..
 

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We don't have them as bad as we used to, but they aren't fun that's for sure, you scratch and scratch until you got a 'hole' in your foot and even that doesn't satasfiy the itch!:ranting:....but I don't remember what my mom gave me for them....I think maybe Benadryl (not the pill, the gel stuff you keep in the fridge)
 

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:wink:Muleskinner is correct. But the better way is to put the bleach in your bath tub or a spray bottle diluted to 1/4. Straight? Muleskinner you're one tough cat.LOL I hate those darn things. Had them three times. Spray your cloths down with (Pymethrin?) close enough. You will not have anymore problems with them. By the way use ONLY as directed.
 

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I had a Dr tell me once that the by the time it makes a red bump, the chigger is gone. They bite, inject a fluid that dissolves your skin and they feed on it, then leave. The itching is the sore that's left behind. That's why it takes so long to heal...it's the rotten spot they leave behind. I use benedryl creme for the itching. Works for me. Me and the boys got into a bunch of them a couple of weeks ago...
 

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Your doctor is partially correct. For those that do not know what they are, if you have ever seen those little tiny red mites or spiders those are chiggers. About the size of a pin point. It is the larval form of them that is the problem. They borrow into your skin and feed on it like Southerman stated and if you just leave them untreated or unscratched they will hatch and start all over again. FUN HUH! Common treatments are bleach or nail polish over the affected area. Bleach is the fastest cure but they will not go away over night. Ticks, flies, and mosquitoes you can see but these pains in the b---- tend to go unnoticed until the itch and boy do they itch----BAD! I hope this might help all of you not have the unpleasant experience. DON'T FORGET PYMETHIRIN!:ranting:
 

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By the way areas they like usually have sandy soil with decaying logs or leaves. Under pine type trees is another area to be careful.:ranting:
 

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I had a Dr tell me once that the by the time it makes a red bump, the chigger is gone. They bite, inject a fluid that dissolves your skin and they feed on it, then leave. The itching is the sore that's left behind. That's why it takes so long to heal...it's the rotten spot they leave behind. I use benedryl creme for the itching. Works for me. Me and the boys got into a bunch of them a couple of weeks ago...
That is correct. By the time they start to itch the chiger is long gone. They do not bury in the skin. Do not use bleach as a cure it is a poison and can hurt you. You can not see chiggers, the small red things you see are usually a clover mite.

Prevention is the best cure but if you get them just treat the itch it's all you can do.
 

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That is correct. By the time they start to itch the chiger is long gone. They do not bury in the skin. Do not use bleach as a cure it is a poison and can hurt you. You can not see chiggers, the small red things you see are usually a clover mite.

Prevention is the best cure but if you get them just treat the itch it's all you can do.
NO,No,No Google chiggers. It helps to know what you are taking about. I'm not here to give bad information.
 

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I need to say that they do not actually borrow but go into hair follicles. The adult form can be seen but barely. It is the larval form that causes the problem. Bleach does work but diluted. This has been used for years by outdoorsman. Don't get me wrong you are not completely wrong nor was I exactly correct but the remedy really does work. Sorry if I sounded not so nice.:sad:
 

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No problem, I probably could have stated it better. Let's go hunting. :)
 

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Hunting? :w00t: swing by and pick me up!
 

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:wink:Muleskinner is correct. But the better way is to put the bleach in your bath tub or a spray bottle diluted to 1/4. Straight? Muleskinner you're one tough cat.LOL I hate those darn things. Had them three times. Spray your cloths down with (Pymethrin?) close enough. You will not have anymore problems with them. By the way use ONLY as directed.

The burn will make you forget about the itch. works on poisoni ivy too.
 
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The best combination I've found is Flowers of Sulfer and Permanon (Permethrin) spray.

Flowers of Sulfer is merely powdered sulfer. Our area is notorious for chiggers and ticks. I dump an ounce or two of sulfer into a sock that I keep in my truck. When I'm preparing to enter an area that it likely to be infested, I bang the sock onto my shoes, socks, and pantlegs to serve as a deterrant to the little boogers.

Permethrin is best used by spraying your clothes with it about 24 hrs before use. The treatment usually last for a couple of weeks, but this stuff works. It even kills ticks! I have used it by spraying it on my boots and pantlegs if I'm out in the field. With the sulfer and permethrin, I have been able avoid the itch! It's best not to let the permethrin get on your skin. The sulfer smells, well, like sulfer, but it works.
 
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