So yesterday I mentioned that I was getting 'itchy' about the garden. Well, today I'd like to talk about a different kind of itchy-ness.
I'm not sure if I've mentioned it before, but I am very sensitive to poison ivy. Unfortunately for me, I love kayaking and bringing our dogs down to the river across the road from our house and (as I'm sure you are aware) poison ivy just loves river banks. It is way too early for poison ivy to be growing right now so Kyle and I happily paraded the pups down for an afternoon swim last weekend. So, on Sunday, when I found an itchy red bump on my ankle my first thought was that it was a bug bite. Monday I awoke to more of the little red blisters on my neck, Tuesday I had a small patch next to my nose, and by Wednesday the bumps on my neck were spreading up onto my chin. Lets just say that by Thursday I was throwing everything in the wash from my pillowcase to my jacket.
(Enlarged photo of lice by the University of Kentucky)
FYI! If you have the same problem please do not use the diatomaceous earth that you got for your swimming pool, ok? That stuff has been tampered with and not only will it not kill any bugs, it's also very dangerous to inhale. Not that you want to inhale any DE, but this stuff is laced with chemicals so its worse. Only get food or garden grade DE for treating external parasites.