What in the world??!! THAT is the question I asked as I was looking at my war torn legs writhing in pain from my chigger attack the other day. Over the weekend our neighborhood called Serenbe had a potluck dinner to celebrate ten years of being a neighborhood. It took place out in one of the neighborhood fields here in the “country” where we live and it was a BLAST! I knew when we moved to the country last year that bugs, insects, rodents and animals would be our new friends! But boy, I didn’t know what to expect when a bug called chigger entered my life! Don’t know what a chigger is? Yahhhh…I am from California so I didn’t know either. Here’s what I found when I googled chigger: Chiggers are the juvenile form (larvae) of a certain type of mite of the family Trombiculidae. Mites are arachnids (like spiders and ticks). Chiggers are found throughout the world. They most commonly live in forests, grassy fields, gardens, parks, and in moist areas around lakes or rivers. Most of the larvae that cause chigger bites are found on plants that are relatively close to the ground surface, because they require a high level of humidity for survival. Source: medicinenet.com aka YUCK!
I wore a maxi dress to the potluck thinking…long dress = no bugs on my legs right?! Boy, was I WRONG! I woke up the next day looking like someone shot my legs up with a BB gun. Those little suckers must have liked my sweet juicy thighs so much they invited the whole chigger neighborhood over for dinner to feast on my thighs. And not just the thighs…they went all the way from my ankles to my you know where and had a big ol’ chigger party. I’m not even kidding you! Oh and the pain. OH EM GEE. I have birthed two children AND had Breast Cancer and I swear the pain from the itching was worse than all three of those combined. Ok maybe not, but pretty darn close.
First I tried my go-to Calendula cream (that they now sell at Target. Yay!). I mean, I put that stuff on everything. But this was like Defcon 1 chigger bites and I knew I had to seek medical help. So I did what any other normal person does when they need to seek medical attention…get on Facebook. lol Upon my Facebook visit, I had many different things recommended to me. Clear nail polish. Nail polish remover. Chig away. Chig be gone. Chiggy Chiggy Bang Bang. You name it, I tried it! Nothing worked! I also learned several other neighbors got chigger attacked at the potluck too. My neighbor Ali posted that she was dying and I knew her pain oh too well. Thankfully some chigger professionals (Carla and Eliza) both posted that Essential Oils were the way to go. I went to visit my neighbor Eliza, who I will forever now call the awesome Witch Doctor because she whipped me up some Essential Oils concoction and it was the first time I didn’t want to die from scratching myself to death. She used Tea tree oil! Who knew??! Thanks ladies! My neighbor Sandy’s husband Bruce got them so badly last year he had to see an actual Doctor (not just Facebook-lol) AND get a prescription!!! I had NEVER even heard of a chigger until recently. Welcome to the country I guess! 🙂 I will now refer to this experience as ChiggerGate2015
So I was going to post a picture of my legs from the chigger attack but then realized that not only would the grotesqueness of the bites make your stomach turn but there was no way I was sharing the cellulite that is also on my legs either. See, my good readers, I spared you all.
In return, I only ask that you share your chigger experiences below so that we can all suffer together!
XO Surviving Mommy
PS. If you’re interested in my trusted brand and how to get started using essential oils, then CLICK HERE!