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Little Hardrock

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use bug spray!
« on: August 26, 2014, 03:14:46 PM »
just a heads up to all.....

I have learned of a camper on the east side who came down with epidemic typhus... the docs are saying it most likely came from a flea or chigger bite while camping....

the camper is now fine.. after 3 long weeks of pure misery,,,, sick, sick ,sick.... fever, headaches, blah blah blah...

so use that bug spray!!!!   especially around the ankles!
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Re: use bug spray!
« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2014, 08:03:19 PM »
I hate chiggers! We have had flea-borne Typhus here in the OC again this year.  Nasty disease...
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Re: use bug spray!
« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2014, 12:00:44 PM »
What does a chigger look like?

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« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2014, 06:53:54 AM »
What does a chigger look like?


Nearly microscopic Jm, and mite/might look like the period at the end of this sentence. Basically, can't see them unless they're moving.

I''ve never seen one, just felt the agony of their bite around my sock line. The most intense itch, that lasted months.

They love the tall grass in the meadows around the creek, and constantly looking for a host to latch on to.

Unfortunately, I rarely where shorts at the creek any more, a sacrifice I do willingly to avoid the agony.

The year I was slammed by them was a very wet year, and I felt I had loaded up with DEET.

If you get a lot of mosquito bites around your sock line, they are likely chiggers.
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Re: use bug spray!
« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2014, 09:33:11 AM »
I preffer the Eucalyptus based mosquito spray. I find it to be a better scent that will often mask many underlying odors. Well you can even use it as Cologne!

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Re: use bug spray!
« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2014, 03:38:53 PM »
I started using the insect repellent “Permethrin” which I spray on my outer clothing and gear and let dry.  So far this year after 2 backpacking trips plus 14 days of day hikes to fishing lakes or streams, there have been no mosquito bites!  That’s a first for me as they love my blood!

Permethrin repels and kills ticks, chiggers, mites and mosquitos.  I wear long sleeve shirts and long pants when out fishing, so no more insect spray or lotion needed anymore.  Stuff really works well.  But you’ll need to reapply to your clothes every 6 weeks or six washes to it keep working.
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« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2014, 08:04:51 AM »

Nearly microscopic Jm, and mite/might look like the period at the end of this sentence. Basically, can't see them unless they're moving.

I''ve never seen one, just felt the agony of their bite around my sock line. The most intense itch, that lasted months.

They love the tall grass in the meadows around the creek, and constantly looking for a host to latch on to.

Unfortunately, I rarely where shorts at the creek any more, a sacrifice I do willingly to avoid the agony.

The year I was slammed by them was a very wet year, and I felt I had loaded up with DEET.

If you get a lot of mosquito bites around your sock line, they are likely chiggers.

Thanks. I always wear pants and have not yet experienced this type of bite. (Knock on wood)