A few years ago, hubby and I took a trip to
To save money we decided to drive. About halfway there we stopped to stretch ourlegs. Washington D.C.
We took a short walk in a littlepark to get the blood flowing before hitting the road again.
We had gone a short distance down the highway when my legsand ankles started to get all itchy.
While I was scratching and scratching the itching didn’t getbetter but kept getting worse and worse. I put my feet up on the dashboard to take a look at whatever it was thatwas causing all that itching. When I lookedI saw all these tiny little bugs crawling all over my legs . . . hundreds andthousands . . . maybe millions . . . of them.
Naturally, I commenced to freak out.
In the side pocket of my door was a can of bug spray. I grabbed it and proceeded to spray thosenasty little buggers. The airborneliquid covered my legs giving me a small measure of relief.
At that point, hubby commenced to freak out.
Keep in mind, that we’re still driving down the highway; I’mscreaming and spraying bug spray all over the place and filling the car withfumes and ruining the dashboard.
While he’s yelling at me hubby managed to find a place tosafely pull of the road. I scrambled outof the car and ripped off my shoes and socks.
He came around the car to find out what in the blazes wasgoing on. He didn’t easily get ananswer. I was still flipping out. All I know is that tiny little bugs arecraswling up my legs, biting my ankles and I have no idea what they are.
Hubby knew . . . chiggers.
Chiggers are tiny, six-legged wingless organisms (larvae)that grow up to become a type of mite. Chiggers are found in tall grass andweeds. Their bite causes severe itching and red pimple-like bumps.
After crawling onto their host, they inject digestiveenzymes into the skin that break down skin cells. They do not actually"bite," but instead form a hole in the skin and chew up tiny parts ofthe inner skin, thus causing severe irritation and swelling.
We managed to get them off but I remained skeeved, I was reminded of that icksome episode forweeks after . . . and beyond. Those creepy crawlers left behind extremelyitchy bumps that bled when I scratched them. And of course there were the foot prints melted into the dashboardleftover from the bug spray.
It was fairly horrible.