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  •  I think in Georgia chiggers refer to some other (6+ / 0-)

    ...insect. Chiggers as I know them fly around , swarm, and often bite, but not all of the time. They almost look like gnats and are second only to mosquitoes in annoyance.

    All of the treatments of bites that people have mentioned sound familiar, but I don't recall every seeing a red mite in my life or hearing about them.

    "There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills.".. Buddha

    by sebastianguy99 on Fri Mar 29, 2013 at 04:24:08 PM PDT

    •  "No-see-ums" also. (10+ / 0-)

      When I was growing up, anything that was too small to notice when it bit you: chigger. Truth is, after reading this diary, I'm 100% sure now that I've never been bit by a chigger.

      Sounds all the world like the pain of chicken pox, which I DO remember ...

      •  Yes, that sound familar as well. (5+ / 0-)

        I had forgotten about being biten by the unseen. I would come in from playing or scouting and find that I hada bunch of "chigger bites".

        "There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills.".. Buddha

        by sebastianguy99 on Fri Mar 29, 2013 at 04:58:33 PM PDT

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      •  Yeah. No-see-ums give you a bazillion sharp (9+ / 0-)

        itchy bites, but they don't have the staying power of chiggers.

      •  Having had both chigger bites and chicken-pox (4+ / 0-)
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        which most younger folks never get now that there is a vaccine, I can say that they are similar.  Chicken pox lasts longer.  

        Seems to me that scratching the hell out of them triggers faster healing or something. If you leave them be, they'll itch like hell, but scratch until you bleed and the itching is pretty much gone (of course, that's messy) in a few hours.

        We used an alcohol gel preparation with something like Eucalyptus in it or other similar fragrant herbs (dont have any handy).  It did help the itch of chiggers.  And calamine lotion, which was also used for chicken pox.

        No-see-ums are so small they can fly through screens (at least down here).  Fortunately, in Yucatan, they are found mostly in the countryside and beach home areas.  A few miles inland in the city, they aren't a problem.

        They itch much like chigger bites. Worse, probably. Never had them both at the same time.  And much worse than mosquito bites.

        I don't eat much habanero, which may be one reason, but the local Maya are not affected much by mosquitoes.  They find it quite amusing how the bugs swarm me. And the red welts on my pale skin are an endless source of interest the next day.

        So, there is some difference in them being attracted to various people. Or some people having little to no reaction to the bites.

        "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

        by YucatanMan on Fri Mar 29, 2013 at 10:50:25 PM PDT

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    •  I've been bitten by many a chigger, but I've (8+ / 0-)

      never actually seen one.  They are really small.

      _"Love is the rosebud of an hour; Friendship the everlasting flower."_ Brook Boothby

      by Keith930 on Fri Mar 29, 2013 at 04:39:19 PM PDT

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