Keeping Your Sanity With Chiggers

Too bad there is not a category for "Keeping Your Sanity" because during chigger season, that is what this is. I have found several things that help but the best is Rid. Yes, the product you use for head lice. I am always embarrassed when I have to buy it, and usually end up having to ask where it is. I have also found that spraying around my ankles and legs with vinegar each time I go out usually keeps the chiggers at bay, but got lazy and didn't do it for a while. Mistake!

By Rainbowridergrma from Cross Plains, TX

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July 22, 20080 found this helpful

So do you use the Rid to treat the bites or as a preventative? And the vinegar (white or apple cider?) will prevent them? Should you just spray your ankles, or from the waist down (where they LOVE to go...)? More information, please!

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July 22, 20080 found this helpful

As far as using Rid, it is after you are bitten. At first I would rub it on and leave 10 minutes like the directions said, and then wash off, but got to the point where I just put it on the bites and left it. Must point out that it will stain clothes. As to the vinegar, I use the generic white vinegar full strength in a spray bottle. And I do spray arms, legs, nape of neck to keep mosquitoes, gnats, and other pesky flying creatures away. For the chiggers, it seems that when I just spray around my ankles, they stay away, but I am not out in tall grass or berry-picking, so then probably spraying all locations would be wise.

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July 24, 20080 found this helpful

I have also found putting ice on a chigger bite or fireant bite seems to take the itch away. Don't know why it works but take some frozen peas or vegetable and wrap in a towel and just hold it on the bite for about a minute. Sure works for me.

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July 30, 20080 found this helpful

Apparently you can also get relief from chiger bites by using a product called Kleen-Free on the bites and in a diluted form you can spray it on your garden, lawn etc to help kill them.

Here is the website http://www.kleen-free.com with info on this under the BedBug tab.

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