I'm recovering from a chigger infestation after an unsuccessful deer hunt (shot and failed to recover a doe - so lots of walking through the woods). I'm trying to figure out prevention going forward. I've read the older posts about spraying boots, tucking my shirt in and pants into my boots, etc.
- Do the *type* of pants (and socks) matter? Or said another way, are chiggers small enough to get through the rough weave of the wool pants that I was wearing? I had them pretty tight around my boots, so I'm wondering if they just crawled up the boots, down the socks, and/or into my socks through the weave? Sure, I can spray everything with permethrin, but I'm just curious.
- After an infestation, it is recommended that you wash all of your clothes in hot water and then dry them on the hottest setting. That's not how I want to handle my fancy pants merino wool stuff. So at the moment (and unbeknownst to my wife), my clothes are in a bag in the basement freezer. Probably overkill days later.