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You would KNOW if you had chigger bites -- you would be so miserable, scratching up a storm and would be desperately trying anything you could get your hands on to make the itching stop. Best thing I have found is a Clorox bath - about one cup of Clorox in a bathtub full of water as warm as you can stand it, and soak for at least 30 minutes. But if you don't like the sound of sitting in water with that much Clorox in it -- fix up a bucket or a plastic dishpan with some Clorox in it and put your feet in it, and sponge your legs with the water over and over. The itching won't stop until you kill the little critters that have burrowed into your skin. After you do that, then you can use whatever you usually use to relieve the itch - usually something antihistamine like Benadryl, or Cortizone 10. You usually get chiggers when you are outside and walking among tall grass or weeds - or there may be something else in your garden, hmmm? No-see-ums? Do you have big red welts? Could it be fleas? But you would probably see them at some point.
Suze (casuzenn) said:
something is definitely snacking on me....
I have some gnat things that eat my lower legs up. Can't see them, they really don't cause a huge bite like mosquitoes or ants, but holy cow do they itch!
They seem to love dusk and nighttime. Really not an issue at dawn. I do a quick spritz of Off when the sun goes down. I seem to be the only one that gets bitten. Quite annoying.
I do remember getting chigger-bit in Texas the last few times we have been out there..these are similar-ish...but smaller welts..(everything is bigger in Texas!)
Will try the Clorox soak...don't think it will hurt! Except the very thought of soaking in a hot tub of water right now just does NOT sound appealing!!
We don't have animals anymore...so its not likely t to be fleas...and I usually catch those buggers mid-bite - they don't find me too tasty, my blood is pretty sour for fleas and mosquitoes...there is a feral kitty that keeps the gophers down in the yard...but he is so skittish... haven't seen him scratching...
no-see-ums might possible...I sure haven't seen em!!
This is the first year that I have had these welts...G has a few too..and he hasn't been out in the yard as much as I have.
hum...we have seen some wee flying beasties...could be possible...though..I haven't noticed them in my office and that is where I have gotten most of my bites...
I hope you get the bug issue figured out. Not fun getting bit by tiny critters. Just keep going on your project, progress is all good.
Thanks...so far, no more new ones...
I am in awe of your quilting...the sneak peaks you are showing on IG are gorgeous!!
You are so right. Those chiggers are so miserable. I've had them twice and used to paint them with clear nail polish. I got mine when sitting on the ground so you have an idea of where I was bitten. It is the most awful itching you can imagine.
Thanks Suze, I am glad you like those. I have had a challenge to come up with unique fill sections for each different section. Spiky stuff in the orange and flowing stuff in the blue.
I was gonna take a hike this morning in an open space that is really pretty and was gonna do a photoshoot if two quilts but is is way too smokey today. The full sun looks like a fuzzy ball. Guess I will have to maybe do the photoshoot in New Mexico.
Guess I will go up to the shop and load a customer quilt this morning instead.
It's ok, Suze. I've done nothing in a couple months, while prepping for exam. So you've already done more than me! :P
I just thought I’d post here. Yesterday I was binding a charity quilt. When done,I decided to dig in my boxes of squares. I still had a lot of 3” squares. So I made a decision....
the explosion in Beirut damaged 3 of 4 containers sitting in port waiting for dispersing by one of the charity organizations that I contribute to. They lost 22,000 quilts, plus school and health kits. It makes me so sad to think about the 22.000 quilts that are now needed even more desperately than before!
they want quilts that are at least 60 x 80. The scrap mystery quilt I finished a week or so ago was 60” square. So! I got put my 3” squares and made more 4 patches! My mystery quilt is now 60 x 80 and ready to finish for LWR! Lol, still have more 3” squares.....