By: Terry Graedon June 20, 2016 8 Comments
    Who Is Right About the Best Mosquito Repellent?

    The concern about Zika virus is an excellent reminder that mosquito bites can transmit disease. Even where Zika has not arrived, there are infections such as West Nile virus that is currently very wid…

    By: Terry Graedon August 4, 2014 17 Comments
    Unorthodox Home Remedies Ward Off Chiggers or Ea…

    Chiggers are the bane of berry pickers, hikers, gardeners and farmers. These tiny, almost invisible mites hang out in grasslands, forests, parks and around berry bushes. They have been called red bugs…

    By: Terry Graedon July 21, 2014 31 Comments
    Hot Spoon Soothes the Itch of a Mosquito Bite

    Q. I must be especially tasty to mosquitos, since they attack me and leave other folks alone. I have read in your column about hot water to stop itching. I've got a different solution: warm a spoon in…

    By: Terry Graedon June 13, 2013 8 Comments
    Joint Remedy Wards Off Fleas

     Q. I have always been the one in any crowd of people to whom bugs would flock for a meal. I always thought I just tasted good to them. After an automobile accident about a year ago I started takin…

    By: Terry Graedon August 13, 2012 9 Comments
    Catnip Wards Off Mosquitoes and Ticks

    Q. Recently you discussed how to avoid ticks and other creepy-crawlies in the summer. Some studies show that catnip oil is as good as DEET in repelling mosquitoes, and geranium oil likewise is effecti…

    By: Terry Graedon May 27, 2012 11 Comments
    Avoiding Mosquito Bites Naturally

    Summer fun is easily ruined by insects. Ask any dermatologist or military commander what to do to avoid mosquito bites and you'll be told that DEET is the answer (New England Journal of Medicine, July…

    By: Terry Graedon May 7, 2012 14 Comments
    Tick Bite Leads to Scary Allergy

    Tick-borne diseases like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever are quite frightening enough. Since the turn of the 21st century, doctors have begun to recognize a new hazard from tick bites. I…

    By: Terry Graedon June 6, 2011 10 Comments
    Hot Peppers Ease Itch of Chigger Bites

    Q. I had 38 chigger bites on both my feet. I thought a little burning would be much better than the monumental itching. Capsaicin ointment worked, and there was absolutely no more itching, which somet…

    By: Terry Graedon June 14, 2010 5 Comments
    Don’t Trifle with Tick Fever

    Q. You have written about ways to remove ticks. My advice to anyone who pulls off a tick is to save it. If you have symptoms, remember to take it to your doctor or the ER. I forgot to take my saved ti…

    By: Joe Graedon September 9, 2002 0 Comments
    West Nile Worries Feed Mosquito Phobia

    Q. Whenever I turn on the television and see another report about West Nile Virus it scares me to death. I live in Florida and play golf at least three times a week and also work outside in the yard. …