Always referred to my dads ghostly white legs as chicken legs.Somebody ate one of them,he only has one left:-(Farmer folk of European ancestry sometimes get teased for having pale "chicken" legs. Really, though, how can you call them chicken legs without lots of little bumps all over them? Well, here's a new equation guaranteed to cause more than mere anxiety:
Farmer plus chiggers equals chicken legs.
Cluck cluck. (Scratch scratch.)
When I was a kid there would always be these small red bugs coming out of the broken concrete of my aunts back steps. Were they red velvet mites?Red velvet mites are from the family Trombidiidae, while chiggers are in a different (but more or less closely related) family, Trombiculidae. The latter are only about half a mm long.
I saw one site that claimed that a single wild turkey could eat 100,000 ticks in its lifetime. According to the Field and Stream article, though, wild turkeys are not overly effective in knocking down tick populations.
A quick check online seems to confirm that while geese will eat the occasional tick, they are primarily herbivores. Guinea fowl and chickens are reputed to be better tick eradicators.
When it comes to Fire Ants, though, all questions should be directed to manumuskin.
Speaking of turkeys - I came across a little wildlife powwow off Quaker Bridge Road on Saturday morning.
I never saw a turkey in the PB in the old days.
I think it has a lot to do with where you go...
I think it has a lot to do with where you go, although it's possible that there was some kind of program to improve their numbers after your time in the Pines.