To: "'Penny Brockman'" <>, "'Alan Gillanders'" <>
Subject: Chiggers
From: "Tony Russell" <>
Date: Mon, 12 Oct 2009 13:08:40 +1030
Very nasty !

-----Original Message-----
From: Penny Brockman  
Sent: Monday, October 12, 2009 12:16 PM
To: Alan Gillanders
Cc: Tony Russell; Birds
Subject: Chiggers

In Peru, chiggers (or jiggers) are fleas - the females lay their eggs in

any part of the feet they can reach (and anywhere else in the body they 
can get to - a guy I know had one in the ball of his thumb and another 
guy in his buttocks - he spent too much time wearing very short shorts 
sitting by the side of a small irrigation canal washing sherds), where 
the eggs hatch and grow just under the skin. A small black spot 
indicates the egg shell.  Local Peruvian indians around where I worked 
with an archaeological project in 1982,  had heavily scarred toes, and 
our camp doctor spent quite a lot of time digging the grubs out of 
children's toes, as well as the two unfortunate guys above.  Nice things

to provide habitat for! 
> Tony,
> Chiggers are mites and we have them here. Some of the Aussie ones are
> pretty nasty.
> Regards,
> Alan

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