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“Chiggers”
Has anyone been unlucky enough to have come across “chiggers” – an avian mite borne by Canada Geese?
Sunday,28 July, 2013
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Last Thursday I innocently joined one of my marina neighbours for a sunset beer at a table on some grassland that is heavily frequented by Canada Geese, thinking that goose pooh on the sandals was the only major risk…3 sleepless and unbelievably itchy nights later I discovered I had been attacked by avian mites known in the USA as “chiggers”.  Initially I turned in early complaining of mosquito bites – but the level of irritation was much worse, and accompanied by crawling sensations on the skin – so I thought I had fleas…but no, these critters are invisible – at least to anyone over 40 – being less than 0.5mm long.  A bit of web research quickly came up with the answer, which seems well known across the pond – here is one link:

http://www.creaturecontrol.net…..an%20Geese

I treated myself with amateur gusto out of sheer desperation – I do not recommend this to anyone since I disobeyed everything written on the tins – but a spray down with a mite killing agent sold for chickens, and a head to toe wash with Lyclear – an anti-nit shampoo (both contain Permethrin which kills lice and mites) seems to have cured the problem.  I also boil-washed my bedding, discarded the duvet and sprayed the soft furnishing. 

I have no wish to spread alarm with this post – just a note of caution if you have these increasingly populous geese as your neighbours. When I was a kid you had to go to St. James Park to see any! If I knew then that I’d spend 3 nights seriously considering sawing me own legs off to get some sleep – sorry that’s tasteless. I would be interested to know if any fellow boaters have experienced similar however?

Andy

Sunday,28 July, 2013
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I don’t think anyone at Calcutt has been infected as yet, but maybe because they haven’t known about it. I have managed to get rid of most of the geese which land on the marina by shining a powerful green laser at them (It needs to be dark for this to work). Generally they disappear within minutes. We have fifteen Canada geese on the marina at the moment. My laser hasn’t worked because of the light nights and the fact that there are two breeding pairs and eleven goslings which haven’t quite got the hang of flying yet. The laser moves them around the marina but doesn’t encourage them to leave.

They are making a terrible mess. We are considering more drastic measures to reclaim the picnic areas and the peace and quiet.

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Monday,29 July, 2013
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I must admit I have a love/hate relationship with Canada Geese.

I hate the mess they leave behind them. Councils and BW/CRT have spent small fortunes prettifying a lot of urban areas just to make nice homes for these birds. Interesting about the laser. I believe a pressure washer does much the same thing and cleans up at the same time. They don’t like it upem just like the rest of us!

However, I do appreciate the creche system they employ to keep their young safe and secure from predators but this is probably why they seem to be expanding in population.

I did read once of some people catching them for food but I’m not sure what they taste like.

 

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Monday,29 July, 2013
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pearley said

I did read once of some people catching them for food but I’m not sure what they taste like.
 

I understand that they have poor tasting very fatty meat, which is one of the reasons there are so many of them!

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Wednesday,31 July, 2013
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Paul Smith said

pearley said
I did read once of some people catching them for food but I’m not sure what they taste like.
 

I understand that they have poor tasting very fatty meat, which is one of the reasons there are so many of them!

How about the ducks?

 

Thanks for info on chiggers.

 

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