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How do you protect against chiggers?

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12/01/2007

The best product to use on the bite is

chigger bite ointment. This ointment will take the "itch"

away and promote healing. Since

chiggers will readily climb over clothing to

get to your flesh, use permethrin concentrate on shoes and pants. Permethrin is odorless, easy

to mix and works well at keeping many pests

away. Mix some up in a small spray bottle for

spraying while afield. Be sure to use it on shoes

and pants to keep them off and apply as needed.

Though the aerosol is easy to use, the concentrate

will prove to be more cost effective if you will

be using a lot. As an added measure, you should

treat your skin with some repellent as well. This

way if the chiggers some how get past your clothes,

they won't want to stick around on your treated

skin. There are many repellents for use one your

skin but the best is either citronella lotion

or deet . Citronella has long been used as a general

insect repellent and though not too effective

when dispersed in the air, it does a good job

as a contact repellent. This lotion can be applied

as frequently as needed and won't pose a hazard

to anyone that wants some type of protection. If

the chiggers are really bad and you want the

strongest protection available, the Deet would

be the best choice. It will last longer then the

Citronella and will work better overall.