Bug bites while splitting?

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lfunk11

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Jan 8, 2010
116
Morgantown, WV
I still have the bites, but they are not as bad as they were. I think some of them on other parts of my body may be spider bites unrelated to splitting the wood. Not sure about other bugs, but the tent worms around here have been insane - I do not remember seeing so many in past years. It seems as though they are preparing their cacoons though so thats good.
 

Creekyphil

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Dec 22, 2010
88
Eastern MA - South Shore
I vote chiggers too, especially with bites clustered like that. They are often in tall grass when its wet, like with morning dew, and then hide in dead leaves or other shady spots during the heat of the day. I hiked the Appalachain Trail a few years ago, and the worst chiggers were in West Virginia and Virginia.
Most of the thru-hikers carried clear nail polish. You put a dab on each bump, as it is actually a chigger feeding on you, not unlike a tick. The nail polish suffocates them and your body absorbs them in pretty short order.
 

firefighterjake

Minister of Fire
Jul 22, 2008
19,395
Unity/Bangor, Maine
Death to the Maine black flies . . . it's the one thing I hate about living in Maine . . . not sure if they're the same black flies that other folks get . . . but I hate the swarms of these buggers, ripping and tearing at your skin, flying into your eyes, nose, ears, etc. and it's not Spring unless you've eaten at least 5 of them before the die off. Come on hot weather . . .
 
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