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Why you need to have lots of bug spray and hydrocortisone cream in your bug out bag!

And in your home preps

Tick warning sign posted on tree in woods.

Ticks or chiggers? I'm not sure, but one or the other, or both, have been in intimate contact with me! Actually, it is both. I've had two ticks latch on to me and numerous bites. Those bites are actually the ones I'm not sure of. You see, there are these tiny ticks here in the Ozark Mountains that look like a small freckle on your skin. They are “juvenile ticks”. I've found a few and actually just scratched them away. If you don't catch them early enough though you do have to dig a little with your scratching. Those bites don't seem to bother me, at least the ones I've caught.

Then there's these other bites that itch like crazy! They have a small liquid like bump in the center with red all around them. The red area does swell up some; at least on me. The swelling could be because of my allergies to bees, mosquitoes and other flying insects. And, did I mention they itch?!?!? Like crazy!! They don't have the famous bull's eye that normal tick bites have, so I'm ruling those out. At this point, from the pics I've Googled, I'm guessing the itching ones are chigger bites.

What's really crazy about the bites is that they are on my inner and outer thighs and behind both knees. That is so strange to me because I haven't even been out into the deep woods yet! I've pretty much stayed in the mowed area of the land around the cabin site. I haven't even sat on the ground. I thought chiggers mostly hang out around your ankles and lower legs. But, obviously, I thought wrong. Maybe.

I'm wondering if there is such a thing as monkey ticks/chiggers or flying ticks/chiggers?? There would have to be for them to reach the areas of my body they have, wouldn't there? I mean, I would have felt them crawling on my skin, right? I haven't Googled it yet to find out, but if you've ever heard of either, could you please comment below and let me know?

Okay, so I must confess. There's a good possibility that if I had used the bug spray my son has sitting outside the RV on a bench I may have been able to avoid the bites all together. But, I'm not used to going places that I have to use bug spray for. At least not in recent years. Except for the last visit down here, but I wasn't here at the homestead 24/7 then, and it was early spring. And, I did use bug spray then, but had my daughter here to remind me, lol. So, because of the bug bites, I have been using a lot of hydrocortisone cream. And, believe me, it does help stop the itching! Well, for a while anyway.