On the thread about snow fall this winter and etc., Todd posted:
"Originally Posted by todd51
Plus one Dale on needing the cold. Talked to my cousin this week as he is visiting the old home areas down in KY and was out stomping around and got hit by "Turkey Mites". He had never heard of them before and in his youth he was a big hunter. He said they were worse than chiggers and their bite reminded him of a fire ant bite."
Well, I did a bit of searching and had NO clue just what I was getting, or rather been dealing with.
I've been out in the woods and field alot the past few weeks scouting out
places for tree stands and such for the up coming bow season.
I've literally felt like I've been eaten alive with all sorts of bites.
They, the bites, have been srarting from my ankles and yesterday, while out and about, (especially near the fields) I've got bites up to and near my chest area.
I looked "Turkey Mites" up and this is what I found, and thought it was very interesting as I've NEVER had these "bites" before. It's been a dry summer around here to say the least.
But, this is what I found;
"According to a woman living near French Lick, IN, the "turkey lice" are terrible this year and can only be dealt with by covering a bitten area with clear fingernail polish thus smothering the lice."
I recently had my first encounter with these pests. I researched them and found out that they are actually not mites at all; rather, they are the larval life stage of the Lonestar Tick. The tick can and will feed on humans at any of its three life cycle stages (larva, nymph, adult). There is an associated rash that emerges from the bite of the lonestar tick, and it can occur in places far away from where the bite(s) is/are located. These little pests attack in huge numbers, and the itch that results from their attack is unparalleled by poison ivy, oak, sumac or the worst onslaught of chigger assault."