My doctor walked into the examining room, I exposed my red, now scabby legs and said,
"I'm eat up with hives."
She said, "you're eat up with chiggers."
Probably no creature on earth can cause as much torment for its size than the tiny chigger. Tiny six-legged chigger larvae attack campers, picnickers, hikers, bird watchers, berry pickers, fishermen, soldiers, and homeowners in low, damp areas where vegetation is rank such as woodlands, berry patches, orchards, along lakes and streams, and even in drier places where vegetation is low such as lawns, golf courses, and parks. They are most numerous in early summer when grass, weeds and other vegetation are heaviest. Chiggers do not burrow into the skin, but insert their mouthparts in a skin pore or hair follicle. Their bites produce small, reddish welts on the skin accompanied by intense itching as irritating as acute cases of poison ivory or poison sumac. These symptoms often are the only way of learning that an outdoor area is infested since chiggers are so small that most cannot be seen without a magnifying glass. Chiggers feed on a wide variety of snakes, turtles, birds, and small mammals as well as humans.
well, I tell ya one thing, those 32 guinea's that I've got growing in the brooder better jump on those chiggers!
To use a very effective, organic means for bug control, you need to look no further than guinea fowl. These endearingly beautiful and entertaining birds are consummate bug eaters and gobble up bugs and weed seeds with nearly every step they take. Owners with property heavily infested with ticks, which can cause Lyme's disease in humans, typically notice a marked decline after owning guineas. The guineas also munch a variety of nuisance insects, including mosquitoes, crickets, grasshoppers, chiggers, aphids, Japanese Beetles, and even small snakes!
Guineas have historically been known as the farmers ""watchdog"", since their distinctive ""singing"" will alert their owners to any changes in their environment. At the first sign of a wild-life predator, or even an unfamiliar human visitor, you will surely be warned! Guineas are a plus to fruit growers as they will protect cherry trees and strawberry patches from marauding robins and other birds.
For your garden, guinea guano is high in nitrates making it an excellent free fertilizer. For those who enjoy home cooked omelets guinea eggs can be eaten, just like chicken eggs. Guinea fowl are truly beautiful and the unusual feathers come in a variety of colors. The feathers are coveted for decorative accents in crafts, such as dream-catchers and fly fishing lures.
But as with most animals, the sheer joy of watching them play and interact with each other, is heartwarming and very relaxing to the human spirit.