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Chiggars !!!
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Rhonda S.    Posted 06-07-2004 at 11:59:03       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi everyone. Does anyone know how to get rid of chiggars? I get them every year no matter how carefull I am. Last weekend we went hiking and all I was around were rocks and trees. Do they live in the trees and on rocks? I always thought they lived in weeds and tall grass. Anyway, I have tried everything to get rid of the little critters. I've tried bleach, baking soda paste, fingernail polish, expensive creams and ointments and all kinds of home remedies and nothing works. If anyone knows about a remedy that "really works" please let me know. Thanks.

youguessedit    Posted 06-09-2008 at 21:03:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
i have chiggars too and well like all of yall ive tried every thing. well i think, while i was reading through the e-mails and comments i found things to try. i hope it helps any but today when i was working out in my yard i walked past a aloe vera plant and picked off a stem, leaf whatever you want to call them. but i rubbed it on one of the bites and it seamed to stop itching shortly after. but im not sure it works well.

Chris    Posted 05-19-2008 at 22:57:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Here is what you need to know: Firstly, chiggers do not burrow under the skin and live there, as most people think. Your reaction is to the poison they inject into you, something like a blood-thinner so they can suck your blood like mosquitos. Prevention is the best cure and I have a secret. Do the usual - long pants secured at the ankles, repellent containing DEET, stay out of tall grassy areas, etc. - but in addition take a good multi-vitamin containing lots of B vitamins. In particular, it is B1 we are most interested in. Ever opened a bottle of multi-vitamins and noticed that smell? That's B1 and chiggars and mosquitos hate it. Two or three days before you think you might be exposed to chiggers (camping, fishing) really load up on the B1. B1 works best when taken with other B vitamins, so get a suppliment with B1, B2 and B6 and take alot of it. You'll smell like that vitamin bottle to the chiggers and mosquitoes but not to humans. Don't tell anyone else because if you all do it, the critters will get you anyway as they are hungry little buggars. Someone has to be the sacrificial lamb, like your irritating cousin Bob. It's whats for Dinner! Ok. Say you've already been bitten near to death. What do you do? As previously mentioned, the bugs are not living under your skin so you can forget all that stuff like scrubbing your skin off and putting little dobs of clear nail polish on the bumps to smother them. That being said, they can live in your clothes and on your body for 5 hours or so. Do take a hot shower with soap. Wash your clothes in hot, soapy water (they can live through warm or cold washings). As for the itching, something that topicly deadens the nerves and numbs the skin is the best for relieving the pain and itching. Think Absorbine Jr., Anbusol, something for sore muscles. If you've scratched holes into your skin be careful what you choose, as something like Absorbine Jr. would burn like the devil. Ask your pharmacist for suggestions. After that, an anti-itch calamine type product.
Finally, take two cocktails and call me in the morning.

wendy    Posted 05-26-2008 at 19:57:25       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I am ate up with these things. My dad told me tonight to put vinegar on a wash cloth and slather in it. He said it will burn for a few minutes, but it will kill them. I havent done it yet,but will do it tonight. I hope it works,they are driving me mad!!

Jessica Worrell    Posted 08-02-2008 at 20:15:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i have the chiggars really bad and i dont know what to do bout them. i went to camp and they are still inside me. do u know what i should do?

Matt    Posted 07-23-2007 at 22:25:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Chiggars bite you but then die when you scratch them. There is no need to buy ointments or to put fingernail polish on them. The discomfort lasts only because of the bodies reaction to the poison/dead chiggar under your skin.
"Off" with Deet helps a lot. Also, I start taking vitamin B1 in double doses a couple of days before an outing, and then during as well. This drastically reduces the bites you will get although I don't know how healthy this is. It makes you urine very yellow and stinky. Ask a doctor before taking my advice especially if you're pregnant. But it really does work. I have bad allergies and my chiggar bites always get infected and itch for over a month regardless.

Brook    Posted 09-09-2007 at 16:08:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
What you're describing isn't chiggars, but is actually hypersensitivity to poison ivy. You can get poison ivy oil transfer off almost anything, including rocks and trees, because the animals brush against it and carry it with them and later rub (unintentionally) it against said rock/tree. Try hydrocortisone cream instead, and/or after exposure, use rubbing alcohol on affected areas. This will remove any oil trapped on you. Also, remove and wash exposed clothing immediately upon leaving your exposure envirionment.

Matt    Posted 07-23-2007 at 22:28:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]

I forgot to say that I don't have a solution for faster healing of chiggar bites. But the combination of Deet and vitamin B1 will cut down on the number of bites you will get.

Anita    Posted 07-16-2007 at 12:38:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
There is any safe solution that i can spray in my room to kill chiggars?? I think some of them came into my room from outside.

Any suggestions will be welcome.

cowboy    Posted 06-19-2007 at 17:08:03       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i'm pretty sure i have chiggars in my front yard! any suggestions as to how to exterminate them without killing everything? i'm in the country, but the grass is mowed, however theree are oak leaves everywhere. any ideas will be gratefully received

Stingray    Posted 08-27-2007 at 19:26:57       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hey Cowboy, you're not alone. I live on Lake Eufaula in OK, lots of Oak, Maple, Ash, Hickory and pine trees here in the Old Cross Forest. Until last year when a stray dog adopted us, we had all sorts of wildlife in and around our house. Only occasionally got Chiggar bites, maybe one or two at a time. Now that this dog is around, no more wildlife, and we are over run with Chiggars. An old native here says use Sevin on the yard, and take a cool bath with a capfull of bleach in the water for 15 minutes. Spray your pants, socks, shoes, and any other snug fitting clothes with CHIGGAR TRIGGER. They have a web site, I think it's Good luck!

Nancy    Posted 07-05-2007 at 20:49:36       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I am trying some over the counter itch "pen" that smells like amonia. Works for a short time then I need to reapply. I think i will now take Benedryl.
I am breaking out all over. These seem to move around my feet, legs, hands, arms and underarms. Unbelievable! and miserable!

snakeeater    Posted 06-02-2008 at 00:32:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
This is a year late, but your chiggar infection reminds me of one that I once had. They got into my system and broke out all over. I looked things up and found out that oil would suffocate them and camphor would alleviate the itching. I ended up with a commercial product called Campho-Phenique, which is camphor in oil. I literally painted myself with it for two weeks or so and finally beat the things.

Amy    Posted 09-06-2006 at 09:11:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
I was told to use meat tentedrizer. Make it into paste and rub it on. I have not tried it yet , but I am getting ready to.

cindy    Posted 07-09-2008 at 10:36:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
i cant believe someone would tell you to use a meat tenderizer! lol i would think you would get more than chiggars to attach, like maybe all kinds of diff wildlife out there, you'll think chiggars are the harmless ones. make sure someone isnt playing a joke, or let me know what happens.

Tracy    Posted 08-22-2006 at 07:15:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hey, I have chiggers as we speak. Picked them up hunting this past Saturday. Therefore, I am on the internet trying to find a cure also! I probably have 200 bites, and the worse part, I was only in the woods 45 minutes! I've tried fingernail polish, calamine, alcohol, bleach, they still itch horribly. Also, I've been taking benadryl, but rather than take the itch away, it just makes me sleep so I dont care about the itch! What else do I try??

Barbara    Posted 08-03-2006 at 06:22:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I lived in the Ozark Mtns for many years when an old neighbor told me of the best cure for chiggar bites that I've ever heard and it WORKS!! He said to smear any kind of oil all over the infected area or itchy spot. Make sure it covers a much larger area that the itch and you will be amazed how fast the itching stops. The reason it works is because like nail polish, the chiggars can't breath through oil and it kills them. Hope this helps you......    Posted 05-25-2006 at 15:28:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Use calamine lotion, it'll take out the itching big time.

J B    Posted 06-07-2004 at 15:30:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Don't know if it is still available, but there used to be a Sulfa Soap (bar) that was good to keep them from getting on you. You wet yourself up and lathered the soap and spread it all over yourself, with particular attention to those parts that generally harbor chiggers. Now, don't rinse the soap off! Stand and let yourself air dry, no toweling!, and then dress as usual.

Back years ago, we visited friends in OK, and decided to go out in the woods and pick blackberries. The hostess suggested we use the soap (new to me!) and we did it. She had a son who pooh pooed the idea, and wouldn't do the sulfa bath.

Guess who whined and scratched the rest of the week-end?

Maggie/TX    Posted 06-07-2004 at 15:18:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
Best way to keep from getting them to begin with is to spray your feet, legs, and even shoes really good with some insect repellant. If you're going to wear long pants, spray your body first before you get dressed, but it's better to just wear shorts and spray.

After getting chiggers what I do is use fingernail polish. For a fun time, use the colored polish and then give your husband a colored marker and let him play "connect the dots." ;)

Jessica Worrell    Posted 08-02-2008 at 20:18:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]
do u know what i should do bout chiggars on ur legs really bad? im 12 and dont know what to do.

ret    Posted 06-07-2004 at 16:19:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
that sounds like a real fun game.

mud    Posted 06-07-2004 at 12:09:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
eat garlic, use vinegar.

Anita    Posted 07-16-2007 at 12:36:09       [Reply]  [Send Email]
This doesn't help!!! I eat loads of garlic. I usually put half a head of garlic in my cooking and I am still bit! I have about 20 bites and I am still trying to get rid of the pests. I think that there is an infestation just outside my window. My window is in the basement and there is some clutter there. The nail polish idea seems to work.

Does anyone know the difference between Scabies and Chiggars?

ret    Posted 06-07-2004 at 12:07:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
there is no quick cure known to man. It is going to take weeks maybe to stop the itch and maybe longer to heal up the bites. Nail polish seems to be the product of choice. Good luck

Alysha    Posted 10-05-2006 at 07:53:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
DO NOT SCRATCH AT ALL...I know it's hard but it does work! I experimented by scratching one side of my stomach where I had Chiggars but not the other. The side where I didn't scratch cleared up in about 4 days, the side that I did scratch took about 2 1/2 weeks to clear up. Nail Polish is a great relief though!

Avagail    Posted 06-07-2004 at 13:57:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have always heard to expose the areas in as hot a water as you can stand, for as long as you can stand. kills the white blood cells that attack the chiggers, and kills the chigger too. works on poison ivy too. hope you get better!

George in TX    Posted 06-07-2004 at 14:02:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't know about the chiggers but I do know that heat helps with poison ivy. Even dry heat from a hair dryer helps some.

Good grief....    Posted 06-07-2004 at 14:23:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
she asked about chiggars....not poison ivy ya non-comprehending old flatlander!!!!

Clipper: who knows a older old goat when he see's one..... :^)

George in TX    Posted 06-07-2004 at 15:30:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
Lissen up ya Lilac water guzzlin old fool, the post I responded to was about poison ivy. Ya need me to lend ya my readin glasses?

Durn highlander Barbie Shop owners can't even remember who's supposed to send 'em a CD. SHEEZ!

mud    Posted 06-07-2004 at 14:40:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
holy moses. thats how you treat flatliners, er-- flatlanders?

Clipper    Posted 06-07-2004 at 14:43:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
Only THIS old coot from Texas.....he's mah bud actually.... and we spend most of our time ragging on each other....his wife says its good fer his feeble mental facilities dontcha see:^)

got it    Posted 06-07-2004 at 14:49:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
you are doing his mrs. a favor. keepin his mind alert. that it?

Clipper    Posted 06-07-2004 at 14:52:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm trying but it is a hard row to hoe....

l.m.a.o.    Posted 06-07-2004 at 15:01:17       [Reply]  [No Email]

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