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Strange-I seem to have insect bites- anyone else-*long post*

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by jerseygirl1, Sep 15, 2009.

  1. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is strange, but I always turn to my fellow BYCer's for the best advice - I am being driven absolutely nuts with itching on my ankles and feet. I have done research on what I've been doing, and I thought that it was the new rubber boots I bought about three weeks ago (I am not allergic to latex) because they seem to almost tingle when I put them on. Odd, I know. However, I only wear them in the chicken coop. SO now, I stopped wearing them, and my feet are itchy still though not as much. I have totally de-flead my house with Borax and vacuuming, Frontlined the dogs and cats, still nothing. The other odd thing is that sometimes there is a small bite-like welt, sometimes there isn't. It is driving my absolutely nuts
    My question - could it be some type of mite from the chickens? Now, I have checked them, I don't see anything, but I haven't picked them up to check. I have 12 hens about 16 weeks old. I use DE in the coop along with poultry dust, I use the DCM and add shavings and turn a few times a week. I use poultry dust in their nesting boxes and outside in their run. [​IMG]
     
  2. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Does it get better if you take Bennadryl (or other allergy meds?)

    I went for about half a week getting mystery welts that at first I thought they were flea bites. They would itch and make a small red spot, then it would spread into more of a welt, that would swell up, and it got worse as the days went on. Took about 4 days to go away. It only happened on my feet/ankles, wrists, knees, and butt. Bennadryl helped.
    I finally assumed that I got into something in the woods because I wear Crocs, and maybe it got on my butt/knees off of my jeans when I stopped to pee?? Anyway, it was weird, but it eventually went away.
     
  3. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That sounds like it, but it's been about three weeks and I am one step from calling the dermatologist.....I will try the Benadryl, though. I just can't see any bugs
     
  4. CityGirlintheCountry

    CityGirlintheCountry Green Eggs and Hamlet

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    Little red welts? Chiggars perhaps? Does the itching make you want to rip your skin off and dig in?
     
  5. kdcrws

    kdcrws Chillin' With My Peeps

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    chiggers?

    post a pic of the welts
     
  6. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    YES!! But I've never seen chiggers, what do they looks like and how do I rid my feet and ankles of them??? [​IMG]
     
  7. kdcrws

    kdcrws Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they're tiny u'd never even know they were on u until it was to late. Finger nail polish is was what we used when i was a kid. they burrow under ur skin and the polish suffocates them.
     
  8. GaNewChick

    GaNewChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can't see a chigger. Too small. The easiest way to kill a chigger *if that is what it is* is to buy chigger medicine, or you can paint the bite area with clear nail polish for a couple of days. Does the same thing.

    lol ~ posted right behind you....
     
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2009
  9. Billy7871

    Billy7871 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Happens to me every time I go to the coop. I think we decided to call them noseeums. The benadryl does help. Itch like crazy. Feels like I fell into an ant bed.
     
  10. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You guys are the bests - anyone who wants to see pics of my nasty bites is A-OK!!!
    This one happened to be available for picture-taking..

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