Gunnar Engblom <>
Penny Brockman <>
Wed, 21 Oct 2009 14:04:29 +1000
Re: Gunnar's email below, I've spent a lot of time in Peru and a bit of
time in Ecuador and never had problems with chiggers. Jiggers I avoided
simply by not sitting on damp ground near water courses, and always
wearing walking boots and thick trousers. If you walk about in sandals
and shorts you are asking for trouble.
I had not checked this account in a while. Lawrie Conole just let me know
that my chiggers post in my newsletter stirred up quite a discussion. What
Penny says is true also. In Peru we got both sorts - jiggers (fleas which do
lay eggs) and chiggers (mites that bite). Both itch. I have found that
chiggers are more common in the forested areas and this is what we have most
problems with. The protection against both is similar and it dealt with in
On the positve side, is that the response to the bites is less with time. I
hardly get sleepless nights from chiggers nowadays...so some sort of
immunity can be acquiered.
Should anyone want a copy of the newsletter let me know.
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