[permaculture] How to deal with Chiggers?

Jerome Osentowski jerome at crmpi.org
Sat Mar 22 10:14:55 EST 2003

List:  We use Spilanthes  on all bites of this type. Ticks , misquitos., 
ect.  It will stop the itching and kill the buggers, and fight against
infections, either viral or bacterial  or fungal and .  Maybe the WHO should
try some spilanthes on the new germ that is now going around, instead of
scratching their heads.  jerome  We also sell the tincture if you can not
get locally.
Jerome Osentowski, Director
Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute
PO Box 631
Basalt, CO 81621   U.S.A.

Tel/fax (970) 927-4158    E mail: jerome at crmpi.org

For more information, please visit our web site at <<www.crmpi.org>>

>From: Keith Johnson <keithdj at mindspring.com>
>To: permaculture <permaculture at lists.ibiblio.org>
>Subject: Re: [permaculture] How to deal with Chiggers?
>Date: Fri, Mar 21, 2003, 8:09 PM

> The best approach is to avoid their habitats: tall weedy, grassy places.
> 2nd, if you have to work in those areas, ASAP shower with soap and a
> brush and most will wash away. They are tiny enough so that your skin is
> a landscape of hills and valleys. They fall into these crevices, grab
> hold and then spit on you. They don't "bite". The enzymes in their
> saliva basically dissolve skin cells which they slurp up. Charming, eh?
> Then your body reacts allergically with itching and swelling. Normally
> the first time you scratch and remove that bit of softened tissue, they
> are gone. However, the allergic reaction and subsequent healing takes up
> to a week to heal. Some folks put nail polish on to suffocate them, but
> it doesn't actually remove them or the irritant. I guess the idea is
> that if you apply it soon enough they will produce less irritant. I
> haven't found it to make that much difference. Besides, most nail
> polishes are themselves toxic. Humans are a very poor host compared to a
> nice furry or feathery organism. Still, they manage to get into the most
> annoying locations usually where garments bind like the crotch,
> underarms, waist, under bras, wristwatch, etc., though they can lodge
> anywhere.They are small enough to crawl THROUGH clothing, though tighter
> weaves and layers will slow them down. Don't wear the same clothes after
> washing.
> Keith
> darko nikolic wrote:
>>My approach to insect managment is an intergrated one
>>but I've never dealt with Chiggers in the humid
>>tropics. Has anyone a sustainable solution to these
>>biting mites.
>>Thanks in advance,
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