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#6316133 - 05/30/16 10:21 AM how effective are bug skins against chiggers?
Mad Max Offline
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Registered: 10/04/09
Posts: 71
I've been thinking of buying Cabela's "Bug Skinz" (or similar skin suits) to keep the chiggers off, but before I do so I was wondering how effective they were. Is the fit tight enough to keep chiggers off (they seem to have no problem crawling under sock elastics)? Do those of you who hunt in them in chigger-infested areas find that skin suits are good protection against them?

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#6316507 - 05/30/16 06:22 PM Re: how effective are bug skins against chiggers? [Re: Mad Max]
Big_Ag Offline
Pro Tracker

Registered: 12/23/12
Posts: 1006
Loc: Denton or Knox County
Chiggers ate me up this weekend. Time to break out the bug spray. Would be interested in knowing about the Bug Skinz as well.

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#6316802 - 05/30/16 10:54 PM Re: how effective are bug skins against chiggers? [Re: Mad Max]
Txhillbilly Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 08/14/15
Posts: 439
Loc: Johnson County
Best thing to do for chiggers is buy some sulphur powder. Pour it in an old sock,tie a knot on the top end and then pat the sock on your boots and lower pants legs when you get out of your vehicle. I keep a sock filled with it in a big ziplock bag inside my truck just for chiggers.

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#6317248 - 05/31/16 12:03 PM Re: how effective are bug skins against chiggers? [Re: Big_Ag]
Mad Max Offline
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Registered: 10/04/09
Posts: 71
They're really brutal this year, probably thanks to a very mild winter and a wet spring. I used to get a handful of bites during spring turkey and summer hog hunts, this year I'm covered in them. I'm going to give the skins a try, they're only $20-30, so no big loss if they aren't what they're hyped up to be.

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#6317251 - 05/31/16 12:05 PM Re: how effective are bug skins against chiggers? [Re: Txhillbilly]
Mad Max Offline
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Registered: 10/04/09
Posts: 71
Quote:
Best thing to do for chiggers is buy some sulphur powder. Pour it in an old sock,tie a knot on the top end and then pat the sock on your boots and lower pants legs when you get out of your vehicle. I keep a sock filled with it in a big ziplock bag inside my truck just for chiggers.


I've heard of sulfur being effective, better than Deet (which I found doesn't help much with chiggers). The trouble is, (as with Deet), it seems like this is something that game can smell from a mile away, so I'm not sure it's the best choice for hunting. Have you used the sulfur while on deer or hog hunts without a problem?

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#6317335 - 05/31/16 01:04 PM Re: how effective are bug skins against chiggers? [Re: Mad Max]
BOBO the Clown Offline
decoy

Registered: 04/19/07
Posts: 41081
Loc: Metroplex
Spray your clothes with permethrin,
Sulfur based lotions help a bunch, I use it as a secondary line of defense

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#6318602 - 06/01/16 11:32 AM Re: how effective are bug skins against chiggers? [Re: Mad Max]
rdhibbs Offline
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Registered: 04/08/15
Posts: 327
Loc: Dumas TX
Here is some sulfur soap made here in TX, This is good stuff. I suspect it would help prevent bites and I know darned well it helps after healing begans after one use.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CST4AS4/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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#6319343 - 06/01/16 11:26 PM Re: how effective are bug skins against chiggers? [Re: Mad Max]
HS2 Offline
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Registered: 06/26/14
Posts: 162
Chiggers are evil. I'll try anything. The best I have found is to use regular strong deet, only on my skin
. Just spraying it on my clothes doesn't help much. Take off your clothes and spray it on our skin in all the places you get bit.


Edited by HS2 (06/01/16 11:29 PM)

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#6319352 - 06/02/16 12:03 AM Re: how effective are bug skins against chiggers? [Re: Mad Max]
TxBuck Offline
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Registered: 08/12/06
Posts: 319
Will be watching this, last week went to the lease and got tore up by chiggers while cutting the grass around the camphouse. My ankles and feet were on fire that night. Then got to bed woke up the next morning had several bad spider bites all over my body. Does anyone know what you can spray in the yard to kill them? With all this rain grass grows like wild fire can't get it cut fast enough.

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#6319600 - 06/02/16 08:38 AM Re: how effective are bug skins against chiggers? [Re: Mad Max]
janie Offline
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Registered: 08/30/05
Posts: 16054
Loc: Collin County TX
Chiggers have been brutal this year. Went to our lease last Saturday, and even tho we sprayed ourselves and our clothing, they still got to us.

Sulphur powder works great and we need to pick some up.

One thing I found for treating the bites, is lotion that's used for poison ivy. Put some on and it immediately killed the itch. Next morning, the bites were gone.
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#6340835 - 06/19/16 05:55 PM Re: how effective are bug skins against chiggers? [Re: Mad Max]
ELKMTB Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 07/18/12
Posts: 118
Loc: DFW
WE have them in the city in our backyard. trying some demon.

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#6341486 - 06/20/16 09:14 AM Re: how effective are bug skins against chiggers? [Re: ELKMTB]
nyalubwe Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 12/10/15
Posts: 231
Loc: Montana
Good info guys. I hunted near Sonora last month and even though I sprayed my legs good, they got me eek

Didn't know about the sulphur .....

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#6341492 - 06/20/16 09:18 AM Re: how effective are bug skins against chiggers? [Re: Mad Max]
Navasot Offline
Natty Love

Registered: 09/22/11
Posts: 25903
Loc: Normangee/Navasota TX
just wash down with rubbing alcohol when your done from a trip... gets them quick..
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#6343208 - 06/21/16 05:15 PM Re: how effective are bug skins against chiggers? [Re: TxBuck]
Birdog62 Offline
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Registered: 10/26/10
Posts: 450
Originally Posted By: TxBuck
Will be watching this, last week went to the lease and got tore up by chiggers while cutting the grass around the camphouse. My ankles and feet were on fire that night. Then got to bed woke up the next morning had several bad spider bites all over my body. Does anyone know what you can spray in the yard to kill them? With all this rain grass grows like wild fire can't get it cut fast enough.


Bayer Complete. Sold at Lowe's and Home Depot. $10-$12 41% concentrate. They have one in a spray bottle that hooks to your water hose, same concentrate, if you have water available. If not, the regular bottle of 41% concentrate mixed in a pump up sprayer.

As for chiggers, my FIL retired from the phone company years ago and recommended Gold Bond Powder applied from the waist down to repel chiggers. I've found if applied from the neck down repels mosquitos also. Just saying.
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