Chiggers

August 15, 2014

Chiggers are not insects. They’re a type of arachnid, like ticks and mites. And they aren’t bloodsuckers. But the irritants they inject into the skin drive people crazy with itching. The Ohio State University Extension Bulletin on these creatures begins, “probably no creature on earth can cause as much torment for its size than the tiny chigger.”They typically lurk in wet, weedy, brushy areas — which she swears she doesn’t have — but the symptoms and lack of a visible foe do scream “chigger.” And there’s a wedding coming up, so let’s not have any scratching of the bride.

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