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Chiggers

Postby RanchMan90 » Tue May 30, 2017 10:48 am

What's the best prevention and treatment for chiggers?
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Re: Chiggers

Postby Rafter S » Tue May 30, 2017 11:02 am

Prevention: Spray your boots and lower pant legs with Off.

Treatment: I always use rubbing alcohol on the affected areas.
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Re: Chiggers

Postby Bigfoot » Tue May 30, 2017 11:15 am

Wear stove pipe boots, with your pants tucked in. Wet the boots with permrethrin.
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Re: Chiggers

Postby M.Magis » Tue May 30, 2017 12:21 pm

I'm fairly certain that by the time you realize you've been inflicted, it's too late to do anything other than anti-itch medicine.
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Postby dun » Tue May 30, 2017 2:19 pm

The only real sure fire method is to stay indoors.
Since that not possible, as soon as you come in wipe down with clorox and water
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Postby Jogeephus » Tue May 30, 2017 2:27 pm

Begin drinking sulfur water in the spring if you have access to it. Also, eat plenty of pickled foods before the chiggers come out and make it a habit to eat them till the chiggers are gone. Some even drink pickle juice.
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Re: Chiggers

Postby HDRider » Tue May 30, 2017 2:34 pm

Jo that seems just one step better than chiggers, maybe.
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Re: Chiggers

Postby Rafter S » Tue May 30, 2017 2:47 pm

Jogeephus wrote:Begin drinking sulfur water in the spring if you have access to it.


About 30 years ago I was living in a house that used water from an old hand-dug well. As long as I used a fair amount of water every day it wasn't too bad, but if I was gone for a couple days and then came home and turned on the hot water in the shower the smell would just about drive you out of the room.
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Re: Chiggers

Postby TN Cattle Man » Tue May 30, 2017 3:05 pm

Jogeephus wrote:Begin drinking sulfur water in the spring if you have access to it. Also, eat plenty of pickled foods before the chiggers come out and make it a habit to eat them till the chiggers are gone. Some even drink pickle juice.

There must be some truth to the Sulfur thing... Grandpa always said the best way to prevent insect bites when working outdoors was to eat a couple of the heads off of the old style kitchen matches. Not sure I would want to eat match heads, but I don't ever remember Gramps complaining about insect bites! :shock:
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Postby Brute 23 » Tue May 30, 2017 3:20 pm

OFF or any thing with the highest amount of Deet you can find. Vaseline or a lotion after you get them.

I have spilled Ivomec on my leg a couple times over the years. Didn't have any bites for almost one whole year. Im not brave enough to get myself a regular dose every year.

Chiggers and ticks are bad right now around here. They are in the grass and get slung up on you. I am coating myself with OFF before I go out every time now.
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Postby Jogeephus » Tue May 30, 2017 4:13 pm

Both the vinegar and sulfur work. It takes time to get it in your system but if you go back to the old remedies you'll see when raising pigs a half cup of sulfur was added to their water trough to keep ticks and insects off them. I work outside and rarely use insect spray but I increase my intake of pickled foods each spring. I don't do the sulfur water but when I work on the coast I will.
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Postby backhoeboogie » Tue May 30, 2017 4:36 pm

Chiggerex is the best thing I have found. Last night my ankles were driving me crazy. I got up and put chiggerex cream on Itch was gone. Woke up with no signs of chiggers. I've been using chiggerex for a few years now. Love it.
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Re: Chiggers

Postby slick4591 » Tue May 30, 2017 5:22 pm

Local pharmacy has their own brand.

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Re: Chiggers

Postby RanchMan90 » Tue May 30, 2017 5:27 pm

backhoeboogie wrote:Chiggerex is the best thing I have found. Last night my ankles were driving me crazy. I got up and put chiggerex cream on Itch was gone. Woke up with no signs of chiggers. I've been using chiggerex for a few years now. Love it.

I think that will spell relief for myself and an amateur fence crew.
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Re: Chiggers

Postby callmefence » Tue May 30, 2017 6:18 pm

Fire ants..
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