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Old 06-23-2013, 09:26 AM   #1
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I know they're near the coast, but I'm 25 miles inland. Not sure what it is but early mornings, in the shade of my yard and like last night at dusk went outside to check some flowers and my ankles were chewed up so badly I was in misery.

Back in Ohio if a mosquito was going to bite me they were decent enough to let me know they were around by a buzz or at least I could see the darn things. Not here. I have mosquito like welts on my lower legs and ankles.

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Interesting they only bit you around your ankles. Are you sure they were mosquitoes and not some sort of chigger, land flea or something?

https://ufhealth.org/chiggers
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trombiculidae

Grew up, during the early years, in Minnesota---Land of 10,000 Lakes and mosquito heaven. We all looked like science fiction kids with bites all over us---not just exposed ankle and leg areas. It is amazing we did not get malaria or something.

Anyhow, chiggers feed on skin cells, not blood so they are not particularly dangerous although you can develop infections if you scratch at the terribly itchy bumps. They actually don't bite but you are likely reacting to a chemical they emit to help them digest the skin. Depending on your reaction to the chemical you can very well be in a fair amount of discomfort.

Something like Benadryl or other antihistimine may help, as well some comforting topicals.

Good luck. And what exactly was the attraction to Florida living? The place has bugs the size of SUVs you know.

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Get a Mosquito Magnet,problem solved.

http://www.mosquitomagnet.com/
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just learned that yes, probably a no-see-um. They are near the ground and don't bite above the knees.

As for chiggers, I grew up learning to put clear nail polish over the bites which smothers them.

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Back in Ohio if a mosquito was going to bite me they were decent enough to let me know they were around by a buzz or at least I could see the darn things. Not here. .


Yes that was very thoughtful of them
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