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Old 03-25-2008, 06:02 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Chiggers & ticks are the only creatures I know of which migrate to those areas. Likely would have found a tick by now. Def. not flea-bites. Welcome all suggestions.

Has been in several yards over the weekend, but I need to spray for White Flies here anyway.
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Old 03-25-2008, 06:32 PM
 
Location: blue moon
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Put clear fingernail polish on the bites, if they go away then it probably was chiggers. Its a Southern thing....and no children have died from having nail polish painted on a chigger bite to the best of my knowledge! just relief.......
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Old 03-25-2008, 06:41 PM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mtns of NC
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Default NC State University

Mites including Chiggers (Red Bugs) - http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/ent/no.../pdf/mites.pdf
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Old 03-27-2008, 05:55 AM
 
Location: Clayton, NC
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Ticks ARE out! We've pulled some off ourselves. Neighbors pulled them off their son already and we've found them on outdoor seating. We've probably been hit by chiggers but haven't been able to diagnose. Our realtor told us to keep the kids out of the pine needles as they like those?

Lauren
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Old 04-01-2008, 10:57 AM
 
Location: Piedmont NC
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If you've been in the woods, or even just around mulched areas near your house and yard, you could very easily have encountered ticks and chiggers, already.

Chiggers are miserable. You won't readily see the little devils -- they'll appear as small red dots, and itch like mad. You will find them (as well as ticks) around panty lines, or the lines of a top of a sock, where they like to burrow-in. Bathe the area with a good soap, and paint the dots with clear fingernail polish. It should take care of the chigger, or red bug, within a few days.

Let someone else help you remove a tick, with a pair of tweezers, if you can. Be careful to get all of the tick, too, and not leave the head in place in the the skin. Keep the area clean and look for general signs of infection. If you can save the tick in a plastic baggie, it may come in handy in the event you have some tick-borne illness become evident in a few weeks. The DR in the ER told us (my spouse and I) that the tiny ticks were the dangerous ones, when my husband recalled pulling one off himself, and was ultimately diagnosed with Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

Keep your pets clean, and groomed, and free of fleas and ticks. Fleas can multiply almost overnight, and are a real nightmare to try to get rid of in a home.
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Old 04-08-2008, 01:20 AM
 
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My son was seeing his Dr and the Dr had a wet behind the ear intern following him around . When I told him a spot on my son's waist might be a red bug (we had been
blackberry picking) he looked at me like I had 3 heads . He asked about it and I tried to explain and he kept saying "I don't see a red bug" I should have said "you aren't from around these parts are ya!"
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Old 05-01-2008, 08:31 AM
 
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This threads reminds me of a strange group of bites 2 years ago. Now I am a
NC girl who grew up with lots of animals and camping and backbacking so I have been bit by everything from a chigger to a horse but these bites were differnet.

My son and I rented a little Jon boat at lake Johnson and that night my entire back was covered in tiny red bites that looked like chigger or flea bites but they did not itch. They went away and the only thing I could come up with was that possible the life vest they pulled out of the boat shed (it was early spring ) had bird or some other type of mites on it.
In my reading after that I found out that you should keep old bird nest away from the house because mites can leave that nest and come into your house.
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Old 05-01-2008, 08:52 AM
 
Location: Ohio
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I am still up in northern VA (haven't moved to Wake Forest yet); however, we have a bunch of chiggers on our patio. We are only 15 minutes from Washington, DC, and I was surprised to see them this early. Does anyone know how to get rid of them where they are concentrated?
Thanks!!
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Old 05-01-2008, 05:50 PM
 
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Default can you see them??

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I am still up in northern VA (haven't moved to Wake Forest yet); however, we have a bunch of chiggers on our patio. We are only 15 minutes from Washington, DC, and I was surprised to see them this early. Does anyone know how to get rid of them where they are concentrated?
Thanks!!
I thought chiggers were too small to see
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Old 05-01-2008, 09:34 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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They are not exactly "microscopic," just EXTREMELY tiny (smaller than the head of a pin). We have some light-colored smooth stone that I saw them on. You have to look very closely, even if there are a lot of them.
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