Chiggers Love Me?

I am an avid gardener but am getting frustrated. I live in the Piedmont area of NC and for some reason, this year I have had the WORST time with chigger bites. They seem to go out of their way to bite me! I slather myself in bug repellant, wear light, neutral colors while gardening and I still walk inside after a half hour of weeding or picking ripe vegetables only to scratch my arms or legs until I almost get a bruise. No one else seems to get attacked by these mealy creatures. Any solutions?



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August 21, 20050 found this helpful

I was reading some posts on "Alternative Uses for Dryer Sheets" (I LOVE this website!)...there were several mentions of dryer sheets repelling mosquitos & ants...maybe they work for chiggers too! ANYTHING is worth a shot to prevent a chigger attack! AND, if they work, you'll come in from gardening smelling good, too! :D

August 22, 20051 found this helpful

Try taking B Complex vitamins. They seem to repel all the biting insects. Something about the smell. Our family takes them before we go to outdoor parties and don't get a single chigger or mosquito bite.

July 31, 20170 found this helpful

I'm taking B complex(1 tab) daily and still get bites

By Cheryl from Missouri (Guest Post)
August 22, 20050 found this helpful

I have the same problem too. Part of the problem is that chiggers go toward heat. I put off alot of body heat. Also, I wear alot of fragrance and they seem to enjoy my perfume very much. If I know I'm spending much time outdoors, I don't wear perfume and try to use unscented deodorant.


It also helps if I've come out from an air-conditioned house instead of a hot car.

August 22, 20050 found this helpful

I really don't know what you would take too stop them from bitting but if it was me now i would take a bath in bleach water as soon as you can, cause if they burrle under your skin it is hard too get rid of them. About 1/2-1 cup of bleach. Depending on how much water you use. That does kill the chiggers

By elva (Guest Post)
August 22, 20050 found this helpful

i don't know what to use so jiggers don't bite ... but to stop the itch of jiggers , use preparation H .really works !!!!!!!!!!!! hope this helps ......... elva

July 31, 20170 found this helpful

Elva, vinager will always work for chiggers as well as most biting invertebrates. Flies do not seem to like it either.

By Stacie (Guest Post)
August 23, 20050 found this helpful

Works for mosquitoes, maybe chiggers too?:

1. Rub your skin with the inside of an orange peel.

2. My number one choice is this: When you take a shower use lavender/lemon grass soap from Sally's Beauty Supply. When I was helping a friend pick beans. She, her husband and my son were all being bothered by bugs.


I seemed to be in my "own little world" blissfully unaware that there were any bugs and realized that the lady that told me about the soap was right. Maybe it will work for chiggers too. I live in the NC piedmont area.

By Margaret (Guest Post)
August 23, 20050 found this helpful

There is (or used to be) a product called "Chigger Rid". It was in a small bottle with a little brush and you would brush it on the bite. It had the consistency and look and even the smell of clear nail polish. So, that's what I tried and it worked just fine. No more itch. And almost everyone has clear nail polish on hand. Also, cheaper than the commercial product.

By Memere (Guest Post)
August 23, 20051 found this helpful

Try the AVON Skin-So -Soft. No one (including Avon) can say exactly why this product repels insects, it does work. Find an Avon Lady who will steer you to the right product.


And your skin will feel nice and the smell is very pleasant.


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August 23, 20050 found this helpful

Here is a great article from the Oklahoma Poison Control Center on chigger bites and avoiding them:

Susan from ThriftyFun

By Matthew (Guest Post)
September 9, 20060 found this helpful

Got the little buggers right now. trying the nail polish thing right now,probably gonna do the bleach bath. Let you know how it turns out

By zack (Guest Post)
April 20, 20080 found this helpful

The best possible way to get rid of jiggers is clear nail polish. This i learned from my mom. I went into the woods and I mean 3 days later it was so bad my stomach was covered, but clear nail polish will kill them.


You still get the itch or you can get this new product called jiggers gone. It works in 30 secs and it takes the bumps down.


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