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Old 07-06-2014, 10:45 PM   #81
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I'll add one more to the list of despised critters and insects: chiggers

Seems like rarely a year goes by where my legs and ankles don't get eaten alive by those nasty little bugs. And the sores itch for months. I've had them last until well into winter.

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I'm sure glad I never got bitten by chiggers. I lived in the country with woods and fields and swamps. I'm surprised I didn't meet them. I guess I was wearing enough DEET. Back then it came in 90+%.
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Old 07-06-2014, 10:54 PM   #83
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I'll add one more to the list of despised critters and insects: chiggers

Seems like rarely a year goes by where my legs and ankles don't get eaten alive by those nasty little bugs. And the sores itch for months. I've had them last until well into winter.

Try Milk of Magnesia, as in Phillip's fame, to cover the bites, allow to dry on. It may help, we use it on bee stings and it helps. May help with the chiggers, too.
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Old 07-06-2014, 11:14 PM   #84
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One day in Texas The Pirate came in and the back of his hand looked like a road map. The doctor gave me some vile looking liquid medicine for him, and within 24 hours his hand cleared up. What he had was some kind of bug that gets under the skin and travels stopping every so often to lay eggs. Then continues on the journey. They were called Jigger worms. Can make you very sick. So glad we don't have them here in Massachusetts.
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Old 07-06-2014, 11:27 PM   #85
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Oh dear, hoping for no stings for you and yours. This was cool reading! Thanks Cheryl!
Weird creatures, aren't they?! I've been outside a lot today and haven't seen a single one - they seem to have just up and disappeared. Hope I haven't spoken too soon....lol
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Old 07-06-2014, 11:28 PM   #86
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They were called Jigger worms.
Jiggers is another name for chiggers. Same as I what I've had. I would be surprised if you didn't have them in Massachusetts. Their territory covers most of the US.
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I'll add one more to the list of despised critters and insects: chiggers

Seems like rarely a year goes by where my legs and ankles don't get eaten alive by those nasty little bugs. And the sores itch for months. I've had them last until well into winter.
OMG, Steve!!
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Jiggers is another name for chiggers. Same as I what I've had. I would be surprised if you didn't have them in Massachusetts. Their territory covers most of the US.
I wouldn't be surprised Steve. I had just never heard of them until we moved to Texas. They are nasty! PF suggested M of M. You might also want to try putting aloe gel on them. Stops the itch instantly and helps in the curing of the bites. You can buy it by the bottle at your local Walgreen's or CVS. When we lived in Hawaii, Poo had some miserable infected squeeter bites. It stopped him from scratching immediately and by the next day almost all of the infection had been cleared up. Even with all his medical training, he still swears by it today. And even recommends it to his patients for mosquito bites.
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Bees, fleas, ticks and mosquitos. Yaaaaaggggghhhhhh!!!!

I made this joke in adult Sunday School once: "Why didn't Noah swat those two fleas, skeeters and ticks?"

Answer: "And WHEN was the flyswatter invented, dingbat?"

LOL, we're stuck with em....so although I dislike em, I can't say I hate em. I like the word "loathe."
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My Dad had close friends that lived in Barstow, California (right in the middle of the Mojave desert) so, when visiting, I was warned about Tarantula wasps, the hairy spiders themselves, scorpions, and the many venomous snakes. The Desert can be a very unfriendly place. Even the plants have stickers, spines, and barbs!
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