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"What are they?" Red spiders
Seany, be glad you don't Lie where I do. You cannot see the tiny, red creatures that are in the grass here in the states. They are quite quaintly named [:0]"chiggers." [:0] I think it may be the noise you make scratching after the millions of bites start to itch. The get in between you pants leg and shoes or when you are wearing short pants and they MOB you. Hundreds can bite at one time and after a summer day being out playing when I was a kid (before World War I :-) my legs would be covered with closely spaced bites, up to 40 per square inch. The legs looked like raw meat! The only relief you could get was to sit in the bathtub with some rubbing alcohol in the water. You get out and the sting was horrible. I couldn't sleep many, many nights and, as I and my brother and sister, got older sitting into the bath together was not a very good solution so we just rubbed rubbing alcohol and suffered. Be glad, be very, very glad, that the British variety of red spider mites don't bite.I still hate these little creatures with a passion. They still bite me when I am outside. I have probably lost more blood and sleep to these misbegotten creatures than anything else in my life!If you want to see a US spider mite close up, check the first URL below. The mite is on a 10 cent piece which is about 17.5 mm (11/16th inch)in diameter. There links to picts and info are belowhttp://www.mikebaker.com/animals/chiggers.htmlhttp://www.enature.com/fieldguides/detail.asp?fotogID=606&curPageNum=16&recnum=IS0151http://www.sulfursoap.com/chig222.gif (micrograph)http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/hardin/md/chiggers.html (lots of info)http://www.mayoclinic.com/images/slideshow/sn22_chiggers.jpg (Chigger bites - very mild case)