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Any bow hunters get bit up by chiggers in the stand? #8006096 10/11/20 08:23 PM
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Been bow hunting around 10 years and never had this happen. Got some bites brushing in my treestands and then opening weekend I got lit the eff up. Anybody else have this happen? Not even 100% it’s chiggers. The bites are a little smaller than bites I’ve gotten on my legs in the past but they feel and itch like them. Still itching like hell a week later.


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Re: Any bow hunters get bit up by chiggers in the stand? [Re: Revolutionary Redneck] #8006101 10/11/20 08:27 PM
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No chiggers where I hunt, but if you need some skeeters I can send you some... up


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Re: Any bow hunters get bit up by chiggers in the stand? [Re: Revolutionary Redneck] #8006124 10/11/20 08:43 PM
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You walked through a mess of them on the way to your stand. I am a big believer in permethrin for early season hunting. Good luck, that itching can drive you crazy.

Re: Any bow hunters get bit up by chiggers in the stand? [Re: Revolutionary Redneck] #8006151 10/11/20 09:01 PM
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Can't remember who put me onto it but I now use sprays that include Picaridin as the active ingredient to fend off the ticks and chiggers/red bugs. It doesn't interact with plastics and other surfaces and reportedly has no smell. I've found it works just as good as Deet-based sprays if not better.

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Re: Any bow hunters get bit up by chiggers in the stand? [Re: Adchunts] #8006159 10/11/20 09:12 PM
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I don’t think I walked through them. Only bites on my legs were up high. Most of the bites were on my back and sides.


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Re: Any bow hunters get bit up by chiggers in the stand? [Re: Revolutionary Redneck] #8006196 10/11/20 09:45 PM
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It’s chiggers. My place has them bad. I am still dealing with some three weeks old now. I hunt elevated for the most part early season, so don’t deal with the chiggers as much, but mosquitos and gnats, those things are bad this year.

Re: Any bow hunters get bit up by chiggers in the stand? [Re: Texas buckeye] #8006210 10/11/20 09:56 PM
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I’m convinced I got them in the trees


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Re: Any bow hunters get bit up by chiggers in the stand? [Re: Revolutionary Redneck] #8006265 10/11/20 10:52 PM
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You didn't fill any feeders with old feed did you? I got "harvest mites" one time; old feed, bites all over my left shoulder, back, and side. Some say they're the same as chiggers/redbugs, but I don't believe it. 'Suckers lived under my skin for 2 weeks. 'Talk about your "skin crawling". eek There's a prescription cream that'll make the itching stop, but you gotta see a dermatologist.

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Re: Any bow hunters get bit up by chiggers in the stand? [Re: Creekrunner] #8006276 10/11/20 10:59 PM
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No but I’ve heard of that.


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Re: Any bow hunters get bit up by chiggers in the stand? [Re: Revolutionary Redneck] #8006331 10/11/20 11:26 PM
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I've never had chiggers, but my brothers and sister have, i dont want 'em!


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Re: Any bow hunters get bit up by chiggers in the stand? [Re: Revolutionary Redneck] #8006360 10/11/20 11:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Revolutionary Redneck
I don’t think I walked through them. Only bites on my legs were up high. Most of the bites were on my back and sides.


They hitch a ride on you for hours until they find the right spots, usually where clothes are tight fitting.


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Re: Any bow hunters get bit up by chiggers in the stand? [Re: Revolutionary Redneck] #8006388 10/12/20 12:18 AM
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There’s not much in life that feels better than scratching a chigger bight!

Re: Any bow hunters get bit up by chiggers in the stand? [Re: Revolutionary Redneck] #8006809 10/12/20 01:41 PM
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Had it happen many times with the grass what high.

Worse than chiggers though are seed ticks!!! bang


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Re: Any bow hunters get bit up by chiggers in the stand? [Re: Revolutionary Redneck] #8006843 10/12/20 01:57 PM
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I used to work with a roustabout who swore by looping flea collars around the ankles of his boots. Said he never got chiggers or ticks.


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Re: Any bow hunters get bit up by chiggers in the stand? [Re: Revolutionary Redneck] #8006871 10/12/20 02:14 PM
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You probably brushed against one bush that had them. It's all part of the game especially in early fall. Deep woods Off..... and play the wind, or tough it out!

Re: Any bow hunters get bit up by chiggers in the stand? [Re: Revolutionary Redneck] #8006892 10/12/20 02:27 PM
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Thermacell seems to be helping so far but still getting a few skeeter and gnat bites right at dark gnats are really bad this year. My chigger bites get scratched until they are a little raw and then rubbed down with rubbing alcohol. Seems to be the only way I can get relief and get them to dry up and stop itching. I hate those stupid things!

Re: Any bow hunters get bit up by chiggers in the stand? [Re: Revolutionary Redneck] #8007095 10/12/20 04:18 PM
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Last year got hit by chiggers multiple times at my lease. Soaked my ankles and feet in a hot bath with clorox in the water and the itching stopped in a few hours. Any bleach will do.

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Re: Any bow hunters get bit up by chiggers in the stand? [Re: Revolutionary Redneck] #8007162 10/12/20 04:54 PM
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I ordered some permethrin spray and I’ll have that on from here on out. I always have a thermacell but I doubt it has any effect on chiggers. It barely keeps the mosquitoes away. I use deep woods off all the time except for bow hunting. I want to be scent free for that. Hopefully the permethrin spray works otherwise I’ll just have to suffer. Chiggers ain’t keeping me out of the bow stand dammit!


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Re: Any bow hunters get bit up by chiggers in the stand? [Re: TCM3] #8012021 10/16/20 05:58 AM
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Originally Posted by TCM3
I've never had chiggers, but my brothers and sister have, i dont want 'em!

What the eff? You live in deep east Texas and never had a chigger bite? Have you never left your house in your life? LOL. I do the sulphur-in-a-sock trick and haven't had a chigger bite in years. They use to light me up in my younger days though.

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I take it none of you morons have heard of something called insect repellent. It's been around for quite a while and it works.

Re: Any bow hunters get bit up by chiggers in the stand? [Re: Revolutionary Redneck] #8012101 10/16/20 11:18 AM
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Re: Any bow hunters get bit up by chiggers in the stand? [Re: Revolutionary Redneck] #8014893 10/18/20 08:41 PM
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They got me bad last season......good luck!

Re: Any bow hunters get bit up by chiggers in the stand? [Re: Revolutionary Redneck] #8015042 10/18/20 11:19 PM
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deeps wood off sprayed around boot tops pant legs and belt area is my go to. Needs to be at least 40% deet or better and should be good to go. Surveyed the McAlister Army ammunition plant for some environmentalist using duck tape and Sulphur they got ate up and warned us surveyors. Deer had ticks the size of moth balls all around their ears and neck. I didn't get a bite. Saw some monster bucks though and that was 30 years ago


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Re: Any bow hunters get bit up by chiggers in the stand? [Re: Revolutionary Redneck] #8015134 10/19/20 12:27 AM
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I don't go in the woods without spraying down with permethrin, . Forrest

Re: Any bow hunters get bit up by chiggers in the stand? [Re: Revolutionary Redneck] #8015348 10/19/20 03:55 AM
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Deep Woods Off definitely works, but it kills scent control. For once in my life I'll agree with Dan and say that I only buy the Sawyer Picardin spray and lotion now. Lotion works for 18 hours, spray for 12. Otherwise, go with the permethrin.

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