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Thursday, July 25th, 2024

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Thursday, July 25th, 2024

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Sportsmen Since 1967

Chiggers: An itch you just can’t scratch enough

This graphic depicts the life cycle of the mites known as chiggers. The chigger mite creates a puncture wound but doesn’t burrow under the skin. (Photo courtesy of IDPH)

I was on a plane one time, talking to a married couple who had moved from Illinois to Arkansas. The husband was singing the praises of his new home and told me, “The best thing about where we live is that there are no mosquitoes!”
His wife interjected, “Maybe you ought to tell him about the chiggers.” I asked what chiggers were and she told me that they were bugs that bit far worse than mosquitoes and were the most horrible bug on Earth. Hmm! I never heard of them. Until now.

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