I had forgotten chigger season starts around mid-to-late May here in Texas. And sure enough, my oldest boy and I just got jumped by a bunch of them on some grassy field. My youngest boy and my wife were lucky and came out unscathed, luckily for them. So looks like my oldest inherited my chigger magnet genes, because I seem to attract them most summers.
One or two chigger bites aren’t bad at all, but it sure gets annoying when you get a bunch. I found that if I shower immediately after being out in a field the little buggers don’t get a chance to cause much damage. But once the itchy little welts show up, a hot bath and a good scrubbing with a chlorox-soaked rag provides some temporary relief. The “Chigarrid” stuff and nail polish trick never really worked for me, though. The good thing is that the itch only lasts a few days, unlike poison ivy which can last a few weeks. But once the itch goes away, I tend to get into another batch of the little demons! Deep Off generally works - but only when I remember to apply it - and even then I still manage to get one or two that don’t seem to care about the repellant.
Anyone else a chigger magnet?