DIY Chigger Bite Relief

| 6/26/2014 2:20:00 PM

Tags: Chiggers, Itch, DIY, Remedy, Homemade, Mosquitoes, Bleach, Ammonia, Summer, Jacqueline Wilt,

Life and Adventures at Diamond W RanchI hate chiggers. These miniscule mites turn impromptu summer hikes and fishing jaunts into adventures in dermatological disaster. The little pests just LOVE me.

The other day I noticed the fish hitting the surface of our pond. Looked like an ideal time to toss a fishing line in to catch some supper! I got my pole out of the garage and trotted to the pond. Well, the fish weren’t biting, but the chiggers were in full force. My focus being on the promising fishing opportunity, I didn’t apply any of my handy-dandy DIY bug repellant. I regretted my oversight.

In the middle of the night, I was awakened by the most MADDENING itching. I wriggled and scratched, and the itching just got worse. In my sleepy stupor, it didn’t occur to me why the heck I was itching so much. But when I finally rolled out of bed and saw myself in the bathroom mirror, the culprit was obvious. I was literally covered with little red welts in all the various tender and unmentionable places. Great.

Chiggers are nasty little pests that usually lurk in tall grass, such as is around the downward slope of the dam of our pond. They are the larvae of a type of mite, but contrary to popular belief, they do not burrow under the skin and suck your blood.

Life cyle of a chigger

These pests crawl on their host until they find a suitable site to feed. Their favorite places are the nice, tender, warm spots on your body, like the creases behind your knees, under skin folds, and along the waistband or leg bands of your pants or undergarments. Once they find a spot they like, they insert their tube-like mouthparts into the skin and inject a digesting enzyme that liquefies skin cells. Then they feed. The resulting “bites” that present as itchy, red, raised bumps or welts are an allergic reaction to the digestive solution they inject. Eeew.

7/25/2016 9:18:42 AM

Our family would take the bleach baths and then Mother would apply clear nail polish to the redden areas. It kept the air away from the area and stop me from scratching it.

8/5/2015 9:25:37 AM

I have had great success with a homemade blend of tea tree oil, patchouli oil, and lavender oil mixed into a small jar with some coconut oil. I just dab on the bites after bathing. I'll try the bleach idea too. I would be a little leery of putting Sevin dust directly on yourself. 😳

8/5/2015 4:42:39 AM

I have had great success using a tooth paste for sensitive teeth. I just rub a dab on the area where the pests have pestered me and no itch. Bonus I smell minty fresh all day.

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