Good grief chiggers suck

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by SarahBeth9394, Sep 23, 2011.

  1. SarahBeth9394

    SarahBeth9394 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 23, 2008
    Good grief I must have the best tasting blood on earth. I am always the first one to get bit and I always get feasted on while others may get one or two bites. Twice this summer my arms got chewed on while swimming because that was the part of me above the water. Doesn't matter if it's chiggers, mosquitos, fleas, or whatever. But today it's chiggers and you may now call me Queen Benedryl. Has anyone had luck with Avon's Skin So Soft against chiggers? If I had to use bug repellents as often as I get bit I'd be toxic. For now I'll be drinking more coffee and dosing on Benedryl.
     
  2. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    I use Avons Skin So Soft, because I'm allergic to Deet. But,...... only a miracle can ward off chiggers! [​IMG]
     
  3. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

    21,681
    2,618
    466
    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    I'm the same way.
    People invite me to garden parties to keep the mosquitos off of them.
    Chiggers ate me alive when I was young but luckily have none here.
    I used a repellent that was mostly eucalyptus and it worked great for mosquitos in Central America. I don't know if it works for chiggers but they claim it does.
    It's called repel - I use the cream in the tube.
    http://www.shopping.com/Liberty-Repel-Lemon-Eucalyptus-Insect-Repellent-Pump-Spray-Liberty/info
    I think this is the only non-deet repellent recommended by centers for disease control.

    Here's a source that isn't sold out.
    http://www.gearbuyer.com/products/repel_lemon_eucalyptus_pump_insect_repellent_1.html
    let me know if it keeps the chiggers off.
     
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2011
  4. N&MSchroeder

    N&MSchroeder Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,032
    15
    143
    Feb 4, 2011
    SE Idaho
    I love this thread! My family has had a long-standing humorous chigger story. We don't have chiggers in Idaho (although there was a recent news report that they are heading our way). We were visiting our daughter at her college in Kansas a few years ago and I started walking across the grass. She yells at me "get off the grass". I jumped back on the sidewalk and assumed that they were trying to keep paths from forming in the grass or something like that but our daughter tells us all about chiggers. Since that time, our family has joked about the Kansas chiggers and have turned them into larger than life, flesh-eating beasts. [​IMG] I did find a bite ointment called Chiggerex Plus, with aloe vera and chamomile. I hope this helps those of you who truly have to deal with them. [​IMG]
     
  5. featherfinder

    featherfinder Runner Lover

    Im the same. When ever i go camping i get them. I dont know what wards them off but the only way i found to kill them on me is clear nail polish over all the bites to suffocate them out! It works every time for me!
     
  6. Chickerdoodle13

    Chickerdoodle13 The truth is out there...

    6,818
    319
    331
    Mar 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    Don't use nail polish. The chiggers don't actually burrow in your skin. They are much more like mosquitoes that bite, drink blood, and leave you with a nasty, itchy welt. Most people confuse chiggers and scabies. Scabies are the ones that actually burrow into the skin.

    Freshmen year at college, I had a badd chigger experience. Benadryl and benadryl cream were my friends for about two weeks! Sitting through my first couple weeks of classes was terrible. I was so itchy!
     
  7. Runt Of The Litter

    Runt Of The Litter Chillin' With My Peeps

    121
    0
    79
    Sep 7, 2011
    cheshire,UK
    what are chiggers?
    the word sounds similar to what we call 'chuggers' over here [aka charity muggers,people who use a charities name to harass others for money or direct debits],but unfortunately there has not been a cure or repellent found for them yet.

    yeah,avons so soft works against midgets and all of those little flying thingies,mix some cider vinegar into it [will have to look up how much of each to use] and it is a superb repellent,its used as a repellent on horses over here.
    then again,have got no idea what cider vinegar smells like. [​IMG]


    alternatively,coud design a suit of armor,made out of electric fly swatters such as these:
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Electric-Mosquito-Insect-Killer-Swatter/dp/B0017TSJS8
    just make sure not to hug any pets or humans whilst wearing it.
     
  8. nop169

    nop169 Chillin' With My Peeps

    183
    0
    109
    Jul 27, 2009
    Home remedy that works well for us is to get homemade lye soap and lightly rub the dampened bar over the affected area - relieves the itching almost immediantely. I can't take benedryl and the OTC ointments wear off fast so was told to use the lye soap by an older friend.... worked great for me but it has to be a plain lye soap bar - the scented & added herbal types sold in stores didnt work - found some homemade locally and actually had to order some more to keep on hand from Dollywood online!
     
  9. Godsgrl

    Godsgrl Ostrich wrangler

    1,992
    13
    198
    Aug 27, 2007
    at the zoo usually
    Quote:chiggers are little bugs that live in tall grass. They are near impossible to see, but like to climb up and invade..uh, tight spaces. So the back of your knees, ankles, crotch, armpits, etc. Their bites itch incessantly for weeks, much longer than a mosquito bite. If you are bitten, you won't know until the next day, and by then, they are living in your bedding, unless you shower before then. They bite in clusters, so when you're bit, you're really miserable.
     
  10. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    63,232
    7,616
    726
    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    My 'dog partner' is a chigger magnet. If we attend a field trial where there are chiggers, he gets 10 to every 1 that I get. [​IMG]
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by