Thanks to everyone for the suggestions on tick and chigger repellants and control. I am very interested in getting some Guineas or Muscovie ducks to help control the tick population. If anyone knows where I can get them in Illinois, Indiana, or Southern Missouri please let me know. Thanks again! We are purchasing a property in the West Plains area. Is there anything to treat the property close to the house with that kills ticks and chiggers? Being from Indiana, I'm not used to spraying bug spray on my legs everytime I leave the house, but I don't want to be a dinner host to chiggers, either. Another question: Do they bother the horses, dogs, and cats as much as humans? Any advice or suggestions are appreciated.