DIY Chigger Bite Relief


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


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.

1 2 manyClems
6/29/2018 8:04:32 AM

I am 68. When I was 9 I was helping my grandpa put up hay. I was eaten up by chiggers. I itched so much that grandpa took me to the doctor. There were no antihistamine drugs then. His RX was grain alcohol applied to the bites. It worked then and it still does.


PJJones
3/12/2018 8:30:48 AM

I grew up in rural Oklahoma and as a little kid, I had this habit of not sticking to trails. I’d wind up covered in seed ticks and chiggers. The solution my grandparents always chose was the bleach baths. As I got older we’d apply clear nail polish to the chigger bites. I like the bleach bath better because it was faster and didn’t have that weird peel away feeling nail polish had.


PJJones
3/12/2018 8:30:22 AM

I grew up in rural Oklahoma and as a little kid, I had this habit of not sticking to trails. I’d wind up covered in seed ticks and chiggers. The solution my grandparents always chose was the bleach baths. As I got older we’d apply clear nail polish to the chigger bites. I like the bleach bath better because it was faster and didn’t have that weird peel away feeling nail polish had.