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30 comments

  1. John Cockrell

    The best thing to do is bath in Octagon Soap and put clear finger nail polish on them.

  2. Ron Griffin

    tutpentine ditrctly on the bites for two days in a row.

  3. William Russ

    Vinegar works wipes them off.

  4. T.l. Dennis

    Yes,the colorless nail polish remedy seems to work the best ,as these Chiggers,aka “Red Bugs” have to be able to breathe,once they drill into one’s skin.The colorless nail polish serves to smother these parasites,once the nail polish drys and hardens.Octagon soap,aka “laundry soap” is highly irritaing to these Chiggers and as well serves as an excellent way to remove the oil from Poison Ivy from one’s skin and clothing .

    1. Rita Hutchens Gilbert

      Tried on myself, did not work. Ammonia did.

  5. Ken Stephens

    My mother would pour Clorox in the bath water and it seemed to work.

  6. Annette Haven

    Ammonia is the best remedy to use!!!

  7. Delores Smith

    Witch hazel,rub on spots .

  8. Matthew Doggett

    Clorox in bath water is by far the best. I’m a red bug magnet and have tried all the above remedies. It also works for seed ticks.

  9. Lisa Dunn Rehl

    Eric Fults Sr. Just in case lol

  10. Jo Stillwell

    a nice bath in bleach water works also

  11. Robin Spires Hobbs

    The only thing that I have found that worked is keeping cooking oil applied to the area. It works best!

  12. William Russ

    Vinegar on a rag will wipe them off.

  13. My grandmother applied bacon grease to mine.
    Yucky, but eased the itch.

  14. Ranae Brown Coheley

    Putting fingernail polish on them kills the chigger/red bug and prevents them from spreading.

  15. Cynthia Stack Harmon

    my mother always dabbed the spot with ammonia and it stopped itching.

  16. Nancy Gay Morse

    Clear fingernail polish

  17. Myra Bowman Carlisle

    Vick’s salve is the best remedy. It relieves the itch and clears up the bites fast.

  18. Cathy Holcombe

    I knew them as “red bugs”. My Grandmother would pick them off of me with tweezers and alcohol.

  19. Linda McClantoc

    Amonia works for all bites like this even Wasp. It neutralized the stuff the bug injects in the skin and most times you can’t even tell you were bit 15 minutes or so later. (Unless you are most difinitely ‘allergic’)

  20. Charles Moore

    My mother used clear fingernail polish. It cut off the oxygen to the chigger and killed it. It worked. We picked a lot of blackberries.

  21. Cathy Holcombe

    We called them Redbugs.

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