During a chigger bite, the chigger’s mouth parts inject saliva into the skin that contains a digestive enzyme which causes skin cells to rupture and turn to liquid. The skin is partially digested even before it enters the chigger’s body. The chigger then drinks the dissolved, digested skin tissue.
Dissolved, digested skin tissue? Nice. Oh, and I love the advice for avoiding this creature:
Wear tall boots, three pairs of socks, and long pants. Tuck the bottom of the pants under the top layer of socks and spray the pants, socks, and boots with Deet.
You know, I do try to maintain some sort of fashion sense, even as I am heading into my 50's and beyond. And somehow, I don't think the above sartorial recommendations fill the bill. Not to mention that wearing 3 pairs of socks and long pants in 80-something-degree weather is likely to land you in the ER with heatstroke...
Maybe I should just stop reading stuff. That could help. Literacy is vastly over-rated, anyway.
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