Our Bugs are Big but….

Okay, I will agree that Arizona has some pretty big and nasty bugs (unless you like that kind of thing!) BUT let me say that I have never be bitten by a tarantula. They stay hidden! In fact, I have never seen one in the 7 years that we have lived in Tucson. (My husband has…and so did my brother-in-law last night…which is what made me think about this.) I have seen scorpion, but once again, they have not bothered me. Only one has been in one of the houses we have lived in and it was tiny. (I smashed it with a shoe!)

During our recent trip back to the Midwest (I will post more on this later!) I was, however, visited by a nice little bug called a chigger. (Please be sure to add lots of sarcasm while you read that last part!) I had bites ALL over me….and man alive….it was horrible. Here is some info I discovered regarding this little insect. (All parts in green were taken from ohioline.osu.edu, the red type contains my thoughts!)

Probably no creature on earth can cause as much torment for its size than the tiny chigger. (yep, that’s true!) Chiggers do not burrow into the skin, but insert their mouth parts in a skin pore or hair follicle. (GROSS!) Their bites produce small, reddish welts on the skin accompanied by intense itching (um…for sure!) Chigger mites are about 1/20 inch long, usually bright red, have hairy bodies, and travel rapidly. (so tiny…yet so irritating!) The preferred feeding locations on people are parts of the body where clothing fits tightly over the skin such as around the belt line, waistline, under girdles and under socks, or where the flesh is thin, tender or wrinkled such as the ankles, in the armpits, back of the knees, in front of the elbow, or in the groin. (I’m pretty sure I had multiple bites in ALL locations!)

Here is a picture of my new best friend!

It has lots of info on there if you want to know more. It kinda grossed me out because it was talking about how the fluid they inject liquefies the skin cells so they can suck them up. GAG…so anyway, I stopped there!


2 Responses to “Our Bugs are Big but….”

  1. 1 totally grossed out! August 22, 2007 at 12:32 am

    interesting….very interesting

  2. 2 heap September 4, 2007 at 3:38 am

    Fascinating! I’ve lived in Iowa all my life and have suffered from chigger bites several times, but sure didn’t know this much about them. Thanks for the info:)

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