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.

9/29/2014 3:38:38 PM

Greetings, and thank you, thank you, thank you for this chigger article! We live in the boonies of New Mexico and it took a while for us to figure out that we were getting chigger bitten. In fact, there was a recent article in our local paper that stated quite firmly that the biting type of chiggers did not live in New Mexico. HA! He needs to go back to insect school. Anyway, my daughter and I will be trying some of these remedies next time we're attacked. Virginia Hawthorn

8/17/2014 7:40:00 PM

Sorry about all the misery! Chiggers have been a way of life in rural Wisconsin. Here is a simple, inexpensive counter measure likely already in your bathroom: Cover each bite with nail polish (preferably clear). It will cut the itching time down to only a couple of days instead of weeks. The nail polish smothers the chiggers that need to breath while under your skin. SIMPLE. To prevent, I liberaly dust shoes, socks and legs with Sevin dust from the garden store. Chiggers and small ants, etc. avoid it and it is safe and inexpensive. The same Sevin you may be using on your plants and vegatables. No Deet! SIMPLE.

7/3/2014 9:41:59 AM

Thank you for commenting, Pat! And I would think the direct method of bleach application would work quite well! Thanks for reading!

7/2/2014 9:56:07 PM

thank you for the info. I hate chiggers too and yet they just love me. I just soaked in a hot tub of Epsom salt and baking soda and the relief is great! I also use the After Bite med during the day and it brings some relief but I have found a longer lasting relief you can add to your list. A hot damp paper towel, crunched up and thrown in the microwave for a few seconds to get it really warm. take it out rolled up (or crunched up) so it retains some heat. Carefully apply it right on the bite and count to 60. And wha-la no more itching for many hours. Of course caution and common sense has to play here with just how hot the damp paper towel is and applying it to your skin. I test it quickly to the backside of my wrist, like you do when you check a baby's milk bottle. You really want it warm but not too hot where it burns your skin. This works so well bringing relief for many hours. Thanks again for your suggestions. Beth

7/2/2014 11:04:12 AM

I am right there with you - HATE them, but they LOVE ME !!!! Grandma always put us in a vinegar bath right after our outing. Then we used oatmeal baths to help with any lingering itching. I have done the bleach trick, but instead of a bath, I use a cotton ball to apply it to the affected areas (in my desperation, I don't always dilute it).

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