To: "'Dean Cutten'" <>, "'Birding_Aus _Server'" <>
Subject: Chiggers
From: "Tony Russell" <>
Date: Mon, 12 Oct 2009 08:32:00 +1030
I've also struck the mites which fall from the Metallic Starling nests
in Iron Range whilst checking out the Eclectus Parrots. They caused some
red blotches but didn't itch too badly. Are these what Alan is referring
to as chiggers ? The trick is to try not to walk under the Starling nest
trees - the mites not only fall on you but they are easily picked up
from the grass.  I've heard of Lyme Disease but fortunately haven't
suffered that one yet -  I've had plenty of other ticks though.

-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Dean Cutten
Sent: Sunday, October 11, 2009 8:10 PM
To: Birding_Aus _Server
Subject: Chiggers


Yes we have experienced the effects of the tropical mites in the Iron
Forest in Aug. 2004. We believe we picked them up while standing talking
a couple for about 1/2 hour after seeing a small group of Electus
My wife had to go to Bamaga Hospital for medication as she is allergic
mite bites which made her really sick and produced large welts. There
Chiggers in many areas in the USA and I experienced several attacks over
13 years we were living in Northern Alabama. Another nasty in the woods 
there is Poison Ivy, a low lying creeper. Just brushing against the
will bring up festering sores. Ticks can also be a problem as ~10% of
can carry diseases like Lyme and Rocky Mountain fever. However, on the
it is better walking in the forests here without having to worry about 

Dean Cutten

Victor Harbor,  SA

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