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Thread: How to stop the itch of chigger bites?

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    Just was in the pasture and received a bunch of chigger bites. Is there a home remedy for this?

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    Put some mud on the bites and let it dry! :-D

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    When I was little (long time ago!)and had mosquito bites, my Mom put ammonia on them. It stung, but stopped the itching! Mud sounds better.

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    They are like the Spanish Nettle that burns and itches. My mother inlaw told me once when we were berry pickin to pee onit !!! Ammonia, huh? Well, I put clear polish onit. Smothered and it wears off and you can't see it. Good Luck,
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    Starve them for air. I have used nail polish and vinegar (one or the other). :D Sure feels good to scratch them but we know we are not supposed to do that.

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    Grandma put bacon grease on them,
    Mom used clear fingernail polish,
    I use After Bite from Walmart.

    Grandpa got stung many, many times when he ran into a bee/wasp/hornet? nest while bailing hay. Right before he passed out he told the young men helping him to pack him in mud from the river that ran by the field. By the time the doctor got there he was awake and talking. The cool of the mud takes down the swelling and the drying pulls out the stingers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dsb38327
    Starve them for air. I have used nail polish and vinegar (one or the other). :D Sure feels good to scratch them but we know we are not supposed to do that.
    My mom use to use nail polish too. Back in the day when it was mostly red. LOL. Thank goodness for clear.

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    Is the word chigger a general term for insect bites??
    Sue, who grew up in the city :D

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    I knew it was something like nail polish but couldn't remember. You would think after being raised on the farm I would remember but thanks for all the advice. Will go and put some on right now. Those little buggers got right thru the jeans.

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    A bath in baking soda helped my son after a camping trip - he was covered in them. They are tenny tiny insects, and contrary to belief they do not burrow, they bite, get a blood meal, and leave. They concentrate at the edges of shirts , shorts, pants, socks. The itching can last for days and days.
    OTC hydrocortisone helps.

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    So they are a specific insect, right??
    I've heard of them but never knew what people were talking about :D

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    oh my, I hope you got the itch to stop, what did you end up using?

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    I use Noxema on mine. For those who don't know about chiggers, when you get them they look like mosquito bites, and itch like crazy. Mom puts eucolyptus oil on her legs before hanging clothes on the line. They don't like it and will leave you alone.

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    Ivarest is the best thing ever invented!! It has a numbing agent in it and at first it stings for a few seconds and then it will numb the spot. You can use it 3 times a day I think it is. I wouldn't use anything else. I keep 3 bottles of it on hand so we always have one on hand. I keep one in the bathroom and one on my desk and one for an extra. It is great stuff!!

    I get it at Walmart.

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    Chiggers are a tiny parasitic insect that burrows under the skin and feeds! Aren't you glad you asked?

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    Chigger Basics

    "Many people think of chiggers as blood-sucking insects, like fleas, ticks or mosquitoes. There are two problems with this belief. The first is that chiggers are not insects, and the second is that they don't eat blood. Chiggers are the larvae of harvest mites, and they consume the cells of their host's skin.

    Harvest mites are arachnids -- they're related to ticks and spiders. Adults are small and red, and they have eight legs. They live in the soil, so people often find them while digging in yards or gardens. Adult harvest mites eat other insects and their eggs. They can be beneficial to human beings, since they often eat the eggs of other pests, such as mosquitoes"...........


    http://animals.howstuffworks.com/ara....htm/printable


    It gives you the whole rundown there including pictures. Looks like we were all a little bit wrong....lol!

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    tea tree oil

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    Thanks lfw045, I stand corrected! Those little buggers are itchy, no matter what they are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tally Kathy
    A bath in baking soda helped my son after a camping trip - he was covered in them. They are tenny tiny insects, and contrary to belief they do not burrow, they bite, get a blood meal, and leave. They concentrate at the edges of shirts , shorts, pants, socks. The itching can last for days and days.
    OTC hydrocortisone helps.
    Yep!!!! bath in baking soda!

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    Kerosene! Same as lamp oil. I promise will kill them, take the itch out and will NOT sting!

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    Thanks for all the advice! I went with nail polish because this is what I have tried in the past and it worked. But I will remember all the other great ideas too if I missed any of the bites. They even got me on the back of my knees.

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    when i was on active duty, we'd spend weeks at a time in the woods. major league chigger time. i'd swallow two tablespoons of vinegar every morning. no chigger bites. not many mosquito or gnat bites, either.

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    Great idea! I was taking Vinegar at one time and just kinda quit doing so. The mosquitoes wear me out. Do you use regular old Apple Cider Vinegar or do you use the organic? I was going to use the organic until I priced it...$$$.

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    I had heard of chiggers, but never seen nor experienced them... Thank you for all of the information on them :D:D:D

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    i'm not a fan of organic.

    i used plain white vinegar. i suppose any kind would do.

    Quote Originally Posted by Melinda in Tulsa
    Great idea! I was taking Vinegar at one time and just kinda quit doing so. The mosquitoes wear me out. Do you use regular old Apple Cider Vinegar or do you use the organic? I was going to use the organic until I priced it...$$$.

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