"'Penny Brockman'" <>, "'Alan Gillanders'" <>
"Tony Russell" <>
Mon, 12 Oct 2009 13:08:40 +1030
Very nasty !
From: Penny Brockman
Sent: Monday, October 12, 2009 12:16 PM
To: Alan Gillanders
Cc: Tony Russell; Birds
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!
> Chiggers are mites and we have them here. Some of the Aussie ones are
> pretty nasty.
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