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  •  I face them all summer (2+ / 0-)
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    blueoasis, sillia

    Same problem, I'm allergic...welts which last three weeks. Since I live here, it's me or them...I spray the little bloodsuckers. They have 47 others acres to exist in, the mowed part of the 50 is mine. And yes, I have a spray that works.

    You’re just a bully who found it easier and easier and decided that everybody else wasn’t really a person, not like you, and when you know that, there’s no crime too big, is there? No crime you won’t do.’

    by Shippo1776 on Fri Mar 29, 2013 at 10:52:17 PM PDT

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    •  On my skin (0+ / 0-)

      I spray cedar oil--it's the only thing that's ever worked as a preventive. You have to keep re-applying it though, it doesn't last all day.

      I'd be interested to know what you spray the yard with...I may need to resort to that vis-a-vis ticks (lyme disease victim).

      •  It was this or die... (1+ / 0-)
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        sillia

        trichlorfon, applied in spring. Ticks, grubs, chiggers (and I live on what the locals call chigger hill or rattlesnake ridge). It hasn't bothered the bees, birds or rabbits. Also gets rid of Japanese beetles, but not hornets or bumble bees. I've got at least 3 snakes living in my gardens and they're fine. Also does nothing on spiders. But it gets rid of chiggers and most of the ticks (this is a dog, deer, cat problem). Also moved the moles (without food, they got out of the yard).
         Seriously, I was covered in bleeding swollen welts and having trouble breathing. The chiggers were killing me, and I can't stand living in cities. I had to take a stand, even skin sprays were not working (some made it worse, apparently skin so soft was a marinade), I tried everything. Garlic? Didn't work, oils? Didn't work, off? Didn't work. Called the FFA, they had a suggestion that worked.

        You’re just a bully who found it easier and easier and decided that everybody else wasn’t really a person, not like you, and when you know that, there’s no crime too big, is there? No crime you won’t do.’

        by Shippo1776 on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 09:02:56 AM PDT

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        •  Thanks, I'll make a note of it (1+ / 0-)
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          Shippo1776

          I'm keeping only indoor cats now, my last in/out cat died last spring. I used to love having them out there frolicking with me, but we have coyotes too, so they are safer indoors.

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