Chiggers

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vinyl gloves I’ve had a lot of experience with chiggers picking wild blackberries.  If you’ve never experienced a chigger, it’s a tiny red spider mite that burrows into your skin; from there it starts itching and you start scratching.  The bites always end up in places you can’t scratch in public, making them doubly annoying.   When I planted blackberries in my garden, I assumed that was the end of chiggers since I thought they  were only on wild blackberries.    I found out how wrong I was the first year I picked my nice, tame blackberries.   I decided prevention was the best course.  A chigger—which is a small, red spider mite—only shows up when the blackberries are ripe and are on the ripe berry.  I decided to wear vinyl gloves when picking (in case you’re allergic to latex), dispose of the gloves immediately after, and to take a shower and change clothes just to be sure.  This worked and I’ve never had a chigger bite since.  I’ve also done an abbreviated version of this by disposing of the gloves and changing clothes.  That works, too.

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Discover the hidden secrets nature has to offer. For over 25 years, I have been teaching people how to use natural herbs to make homeopathic remedies, tonics, elixirs, tinctures, formulas and secret recipes to relieve the symptoms of common ailments, protect your health and live a vibrant healthy life. – Mickey Ann Thienes