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    Rose, it's definitely all too easy to be overlooked. Or somebody makes a mistake and misfiles or misdirects an important piece of paper authorizing something you need. Jeanie, when I have a lot of calls to make, I try to space them so I'm making them only when I feel up to them, and while keeping in mind that I could easily be put on hold or sent to several other phone numbers before I find anyone helpful. It takes stamina to do those phone calls but there are times when they have to be made.

    nuthatch, I looked up noseeums too. I don't think I've ever had a problem with them. Around here there are tiny black ants that don't bite and occasional spiders that do, plus the usual mosquitoes. I try hard to keep standing water off my patio but notice that some yards have ponds that must attract them.

    Doesn't anyone have chiggers any more? I spent much of my childhood itching from their bites. According to Wikipedia, they're still around:

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    Chiggers? Oh yes. Like you, in my childhood, running through the weeds, they would eat me alive.
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    And at the end of the day you picked off all of the ticks and put something like calamine lotion on the chigger bites? The mosquito bites got something else--ammonia? And the chigger bites still itched all night long and on and on for days....
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    And besides running around in the ticks and chiggers, I was also very sensitive to poison oak, and ivy. I think I spent a good portion on my youth, scratching!
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    Howie, maybe that’s what caused MS!

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    No, skin problems can't affect the brain. I'm sure there are folks with MS that never had any of those.
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    You know, I think that what bit me and what they call No see 'ems in NH are the chiggers we grew up with on the farm. Tiny little black flying insects slightly larger than a flee but without the ability to jump that flew about your head. They bite at ears and hairline and ankles and anywhere they can manage to find access. ....although I used to remember chigger bites being around waist bands.....These things are miserable! They seem to be getting bigger and harder and more itchy each day. Headed back south to home in the morning.

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    I don't recall ever seeing a chigger. I understood that they were too small to see. But no seeums can be seen in spite of their name, I guess.

    Yes, chiggers LOVE waistbands though they'll settle for just about anywhere on you.
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    Well, I'm going to bed, and will probably dream about chiggers and ticks. Thanks all!
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    Well, I'm going to bed, and will probably dream about chiggers and ticks. Thanks all!
    This is coming from someone who often watches horror movies....

    Invasion of the Chigger People!
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