Ray Callaway (ric@ATLANTA.DG.COM)
Thu, 3 Aug 1995 17:06:51 -0600
As a good ole boy from the south I have grown up with these two problems. The
tried and true method for chigger prevention is to use powdered sulphur.
Usually a dusting around your socks and pants leg was sufficient. As to
relief, we used to use a product called Chiggerid. From the remembered odor,
it was probably very close to what clear nail polish would accomplish. It did
have a relief to the itching while forming a "seal" over the skin which will
choke the little monster.
As to ticks - although we used to use the lighted match method, that is not a
good idea. You want to minimize the possibility that the tick can infect you.
A good set of tweezers should be used to firmly grasp the tick at the head and
close to your skin and pull it off. You do not want to _squeeze_ the body of
the tick. Irritating the tick by the match method risks it transfering its'
possibly infected fluids into you before it disengages.
Ray Callaway | The opinion expressed above is
ASM, Troop 534 | personal and does not represent
Atlanta Area Council | the views of my employer, Data
| General Corporation.
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