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Bug Bites???

Discussion in 'Nature/Habitat/Garden Corner' started by twubs, Jul 7, 2013.

  1. twubs

    twubs New Member

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    This is the second year that we are getting bitten up in our back yard.(Last year it went away in the fall) The bites are to covered areas like the arm pit and along the waist band(so not misquotes). We asked our neighbors on the same side of the street and they are all having the same issue.

    Does anyone know what this might be? What are our treatment options for the yard?

    It might be hot out but we still want to be outside playing with the kids.
     
  2. jen

    jen New Member

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    We have gotten the same type of bites the last 2 summers. They are the itchiest bug bites and in awkward places. We did some research and think they are chigger bites. I bought benzocaine cream to numb them and that seems to be the only thing that works. Benadryl and hydrocortisone cream did not help with the itchiness. Good Luck.
     
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    Mr. Linux Senior Member & Moderator Forum Staff

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  4. pauleyc

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    My family has been attacked as well... Good video of what they look like (apparently 1/150 of an inch in diameter)

    I bought a bag of something at HD last week .... and this weekend I spent a lot of time in the yard and didn't have a problem with new bites.
     
  5. jen

    jen New Member

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    Thanks for the video. We have seen swarms of these on our patio wall. They are nasty little bugs.
     
  6. redon1

    redon1 aka Aphioni

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    so gross, and yes, those are signs of chigger bites. people who ride, walk or hang out on the trails end up with them too. my son and his friends had them last year.

    you know where i DON'T get chiggers? parked inside on my couch, where I am also safe from speeding, stop sign blowing SUVs, heat stroke and hungry foxes roaming around...

    i swear I'm becoming an agoraphobe!!

    :scaredhide:
     
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    rhall0917 New Member

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    I am so happy to have found this post! I have been getting bites under clothes whenever I go out an tend to the garden (10 minutes, max) and started feeling crazy...especially given that a lot are directly under elastic bands in, like the other person said, awkward places. Would love to treat the yard - please share what you bought at HD.
     
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  8. pauleyc

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  9. redon1

    redon1 aka Aphioni

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    I grew up in Texas where chiggers are everywhere. We never treated for them, we just lived with them. I can also spot a chigger bite easily. They do not look like mosquito bites.

    I've never been bitten in VA.
     
  11. KTdid

    KTdid Well-Known Member

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    It's hard to imagine getting chigger bites while sitting on your porch or deck...now if you are rolling around in tall weedy grasses possibly :huh:
    Midgies may be the likely culprits.
     

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