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Has anyone been bitten by chiggers this year? It seems very early but I seem to have bites that look like chigger bites. Never had them before but it's been particularly hot and we had just strimmed long grass.


  • PosyPosy Posts: 3,601
    What are chiggers?
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,541
    Posy said:
    What are chiggers?
  • Kath, this is a UK site, chiggers are known as harvest mites here. Perhaps you should ask an American site? There are very few Americans here.
  • PoppypussPoppypuss Posts: 140
    Check out the song by Seasick Steve! Little mites apparently but I didn’t think we got them here in the UK?
  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Posts: 8,208
    I think we do... I remember my granny, an Essex country girl, saying she used to get bitten by harvest mites in August.  She called them chiggers so I don't think it's just an American name.  I got bitten by them in Ireland last August when removing ivy from rowan trees.  Intensely itchy but don't last long... the mites are tiny so they can get under your clothes and inside your socks.  You're advised to shower the moment you come in from the garden, and wash your clothes at a high temperature.
    Since 2019 I've lived in east Clare, in the west of Ireland.
  • Blue OnionBlue Onion Posts: 2,963
    It's actually their dying off that causes the itching.   :s. You are not the necessary host.
    Utah, USA.
  • edited May 2020
  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 22,287
    Round here, we avoid confusion by saying “Oh drat. I’ve just been bitten by a member of the Trombiculidae”.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • a1154a1154 Posts: 1,073
    Too early for them here in Scotland, it’s always the whole of August, but it’s different for other countries, where are you? What makes you think it’s chiggers if you have never had them before? Plenty of things bite and itch. 
  • kathamkatham Posts: 3
    Just searched the net and images for insect bites. Seem to match. We do get them in UK apparently and they do have several names.
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