Can I make your day? The news this morning reported a story about oak tree mites with a chigger-like bite. Yes, there has been a surge of activity from these microscopic creatures. Their bites resemble chigger bites, something those in the Midwest are unfortunately very familiar with. The difference is these bites tend to show up around the neck, face and arms because these creatures are falling out of oak trees.
We don’t like to cover up so much in the heat right now – too hot for long sleeves. So what can we do without resorting to tons of chemicals? Here are my top 3 picks for dealing with oak leaf mites:
1. Us a good DEET-free insect repellent. I like the Beat It! Repellent because it is an essential oil, based formula and contains lemon eucalyptus, an ingredient that has been studied and found to be as effective as DEET. It’ safe for people and you can also use it on your pets.
2. Shower off quickly if you been outside. Use a good natural soap with ingredients that help with itching. All Terrain makes a good soap, Ditch the Itch Bar, which contains soothing oat plus antiseptic tea tree and neem, both of which can help fight the itch of a rash.
3. Treat a rash naturally. Tea tree oil is always a good option for itchy bug bites of any kind, plus it can help you avoid infection if you do scratch. Puremedy also makes a Poison Ivy Salve that would also be ideal for treating mite rash. It’s primarily formulated to help ease the ITCH associated with poison ivy rash, so the ingredients would also work on the itch associated with insect bites. It also has a soothing, healing base making it an easy ointment to apply.
I don’t know how long this oak leaf mites are around, but I assume they will go with cooler weather and falling leaves. Come on fall!