Chiggers get rid of

Nearly microscopic, pesky chiggers can go unnoticed until they leave a parting gift: Big, angry bumps that itch like crazy. These teeny-tiny mites are closely related to spiders and can appear in grasses and brush across the country, but most commonly find their victims in the Southeast and Midwest. They go by a wide variety of names too: berry bugs, harvest mites, and red bugs to name a few.

Whatever you call them, clearing these parasites from your backyard is easier than you think:

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1. ID the chiggers and their bites.

The quickest — albeit most painful — way to identify a chigger problem is by looking at the bites. Chiggers go through four life stages, but only the larvae need to feast on hosts. The juveniles wait for animals or humans to brush against their hiding place, and then latch on.

After a few days, the bugs fall off but leave behind the itchy bumps. The marks usually heal on their own, but the Mayo Clinic recommends scrubbing the affected area with soapy water to remove any stragglers, and soothing itching with calamine lotion ($9, amazon.com) or hydrocortisone cream ($6, amazon.com). Of course, if you’re experiencing a severe reaction, seek medical attention.

Chigger bites can appear in bright pink clusters. Mark A. Wilson via Wikimedia Commons

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

If you’re lucky enough to escape welts, Orkin entomologist Chelle Hartzer has another way of identifying a chigger problem: Put a low bowl of water outside and wait an hour. Because chiggers love humidity, you might find tiny, yellow or red dots around the rim of the dish. They’re so small however, you might need a magnifying glass to see them.

2. Cut back the brush in your yard.

The best way to get rid of chiggers is to deprive them of their hiding places. Mow the lawn and landscape those bushes. It’ll deter not only the bugs but also some of the animals that transmit them, Hartzer says. Clearing tall weeds, grasses, and brambles is a simple but effective way of denying them of the shelter, shade, and moisture they like.

When you do go outside, make sure you wear insect repellent as well. Wearing the right clothing — tucked-in long pants and shirts — can also help keep chiggers off your skin.

3. Don’t worry. The welts won’t hurt you.

Unlike ticks, chiggers in the United States don’t transmit any known diseases. The nymphs and adults don’t even bother humans either, choosing to feast on plant material and other insect eggs instead. So although they’re annoying and uncomfortable, those red bumps won’t last forever.

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CHIGGER BIOLOGY ^

Chiggers are pests in the mite family which are prevalent throughout the southern part of the United States. They are red, tiny like a spider or clover mite, and smear red when crushed. Chiggers are different from both spider and clover mites in that they like to feed on flesh. They will readily bite dogs, cats, livestock, birds, people or just about any animal they can find. Chiggers live on the ground, around shrubs and plants and basically anywhere vegetation is able to protect them from direct sun.

Chiggers definitely prefer the shade and moist areas but can forage great distances if need be. Unlike most small mites, chiggers are able to move quickly. They are able to sense movement from afar and will not hesitate to go after it. For this reason pets can get chiggers simply walking throughout the yard; people can get them playing golf, working in the garden or during a picnic.

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ADULT CHIGGER

Chiggers spend the winter lodged in the soil a few inches deep. When spring arrives, adults emerge to lay eggs in the same areas where they hibernate. Eggs will hatch in a short while every spring to release the larval stage. This is the stage which feeds on mammals. Chigger larvae requires flesh and will feed on just about any mammal available it can find. This larval stage is a bit smaller compared to adults and hard to notice.

YOUNG CHIGGER

HOW TO SOOTH CHIGGER BITES

Once a target is found, the young chigger will attack. First, it will crawl over shoes, socks and pants attempting to find meat.

Chiggers are small enough to fit through the mesh of most any fabric. This enables them to penetrate socks or pants quickly. Once on the skin, they will try to locate a place where they feel secure. This is usually just under the sock, around the waist band of underwear or anywhere clothing is tight. At this point, they will either puncture the skin or use hair follicles to get food.

Chiggers have a special fluid which liquefies flesh enabling the chigger to “suck” it’s meal. During this time, you would expect to feel an itch where they’re active. Their digestive fluids usually irritate our skin and creates a red blotch. In a day or two, this area may develop a blister.

The best product to use on a new bite is CHIGGER BITE SWABS. This ointment will take the “itch” away and promote healing.

For for old bites slow to heal, GENES SOOTHING CREAM can help. It uses all natural ingredients and can be applied daily for immediate relief.

CHIGGER REPELLENTS

Since chiggers will readily climb over clothing to get to your flesh, use PERMETHRIN AEROSOL on shoes and pants. Permethrin is odorless, easy to mix and works well at keeping many pests off you when afield.Spray clothing in the morning just prior to going afield. Treatments will last 6-8 hours so taking the can with you might be needed.

If you plan on treating your cloething a lot, get PERMETHRIN CONCENTRATE. Mix some up in a small spray bottle for spraying while afield or use it as a “pre soak”. Be sure to use it on shoes and pants to keep them off and apply as needed. Though the aerosol is easy to use, the concentrate will prove to be more cost effective.

As a pre-soak, add 2 oz per gallon of water and rinse pants, shirts, shorts and hats thoroughly for a minute. Allow the garments to hang dry for best results. And bringing some afield in a spray bottle will allow you to renew the treatments as needed though treatments will last 8-12 hours under normal conditions.

For the skin, DEET is still the best overall active. Our 100% formulation is as strong as it gets and just one application in the morning will last all day.

We also have deet in a less concentrated 20% LOTION. This form will “hold” to your skin longer so overall will perform almost as well as the 100% form.

CHIGGER LIFE CYCLE

Once chiggers feed, larva will drop off the host and go through a period of development where they become adults. This cycle will occur from early spring all summer long. During this time chigger nymphs will be busy feeding and adults feeding on plants waiting for the mating season. The mating season will start in the fall when they will get active looking for a mate, laying eggs and preparing for the soon to arrive winter.

During this time, mature adults will seek organic matter on which to nest. Beds of chiggers will form as fall turns to winter. For this reason hunters seem to experience a surge in bites when they go afield chasing game in the autumn. Just before the first freezes of winter, adults will dig into the ground and stay protected from freezing temperatures, rain and sow.

In the spring, the cycle will start anew. In some regions, warm temperatures and high humidity allow the chigger to complete several cycles a year. This creates multiple “feeding seasons” during the year. Depending on the weather and local temperatures, it may feel as though they’re active all the time. Other seasons may prove to have little chigger activity giving the impression they’ve disappeared. Rest assured they will be back!

BEST CHIGGER LAWN SPRAY

Chigger control starts with identifying where they are nesting or where they are coming from to enter your property. Nests are typically around the home in pine straw, wood chips, mulch areas, grass, over grown wild areas, briar patches, or anywhere ground cover is thick, shade abundant and moisture available. English ivy, poison ivy and junipers will all provide great protection for nesting chiggers but so too can the thatch from freshly cut grass. Since these locations may be all over the property, chigger control is best done by treating everything. The good news is positive results may be achieved when using the right product.

So for an active chigger infestation, MAXXTHOR EC is super effective. It contains a new active so chiggers have not had a chance to develop resistance. And a little bit goes a long way. You only need to use 2 oz per 10,000 sq/ft; 8 oz per acre. Treat every 2 weeks when chiggers are active and expect to do 3 treatments over the course of the first month to knock out an active problem.

Though you can use a standard PUMP SPRAYER to do the application, this will generally not use enough water unless your yard is very small (like 1,000 sq/ft or less). But a good HOSE END SPRAYER will use enough water to distribute the active, cover all plant surfaces and do so efficiently using the strength and power of your garden hose.

When using our sprayer, you’ll want to add 1 oz of chemical to the sprayer and then fill it with water to the 5 gallon line. Next, hook it to your hose and distribute the entire amount over 5,000 sq/ft.

For large lots of 1/2 acre or more, consider using a misting machine. These are devices which will convert the liquid to a “mist”. By applying a mist, you’ll use a lot less chemical and more importantly, you won’t miss any of the key areas chiggers might be hiding.

A good machine for this task is the FM6309. This machine holds 1 gallon of water and if you add 1 oz of Maxxthor EC to the tank, you’ll have enough material to spray 10,000 sq/ft. Using a hose end, you’d need 2 oz of chemical and 10 gallons of water so as you can see, the mist blower will use 50% less chemical and a lot less water.

But what’s most impressive about the fogging machine is that it will give you greater coverage with less work. The fog will spray out 30+ feet and will effectively “blanket” all the vegetation you spray. This is super important when treating for chiggers. By fogging, you won’t miss any part of the plants they could use to roost or nest.

The FM6309 holds just one gallon of water and its powered by electricity so you won’t need to do much work when using it around the home. Just add water, some Maxxthor EC, plug it in and start treating. Now you will still want to make treatments every 2 weeks for the first month to knock out active problems but once they’re gone, treating every 30-60 days should keep them from coming back.

Large property owners should consider using a BACKPACK MIST BLOWER. Using this fogger will save even more time and chemical. Typically you can treat a whole acre with just 2-3 oz of the Maxxthor EC and you’ll be able to do so in just 5-7 minutes. This unit is gas powered and will project the mist 50+ feet. It has a 3 gallon tank and you’ll be completely independent of all hoses and cords using it so you can most anywhere. This makes the Backpack Mist Blower a useful tool for any large property owner wanting to treat an acre or more.

BEST ORGANIC CHIGGER SPRAY

Since chiggers like to nest and hang out around water, you may need to use ESSENTRIA IC if you need to treat around ponds, lakes, streams or other bodies of water. Essentria uses nothing but essential plant oils for actives so it poses no hazard to aquatic marine life and can safely used in any of the sprayers listed above.

Use 4 oz per gallon of water per 1,000 sq/ft when using it in a hose end or pump sprayer. When mist blowing, a mixed gallon will cover about 10,000 sq/ft.

VEGETABLE GARDEN SAFE CONCENTRATES

If you have a need to treat fruit or vegetable bearing plants in the garden, MULTIPURPOSE INSECT KILLER is an organic concentrate strong enough to handle tough chiggers. Mix ups 6 oz per gallon of water and spray plants with activity or needing protection. Chiggers won’t target vegetables for food. But when local populations get established, failure to treat gardens can lead to active problems. This is especially true if you’re treating the surrounding turf.

Multipurpose Insect Killer will kill active chiggers immediately but not provide a lasting residual. It actually has a 1 day to harvest so you can pick treated fruit or vegetables one day after spraying.

BEST INSIDE SPRAY FOR CHIGGERS

If chiggers are active inside your home, use DEFENSE SC in a good PUMP SRAYER to treat baseboards, carpeting, crawlspaces and other areas they might target. Typically when they get inside, they’ll be focused in one room or one area. If the original population was immediately adjacent to the home, outside turf treatments should be made first. This will ensure more don’t come inside.

Once inside they can be problematic. Defense will kill them quickly but like Maxxthor EC, you’ll need to use it once every two weeks for the first month to ensure you kill all activity.

Add .75 oz of Defense to a gallon of water and use the mixture over no more than 1,000 sq/ft of surface area. Defense is odorless and safe enough to be sprayed on carpeting, couches and even mattresses where chiggers might be nesting.

Use a good PUMP SPRAYER to apply the Defense. Set the nozzle on a full “swath” setting when spraying carpets to ensure it covers a wide 3-4 foot band.

For “sensitive” areas or if you have the need to spot treat during the day, MICRO ENCAPSULATED MICROCARE is a low odor aerosol well suited for where you can’t liquid spray with Defense. It has a long injection tube straw too making it a good option for hard to treat molding joints and other cracks or crevices where chiggers like to hide.

One can of Microcare will be enough to spray 4-6 rooms so coverage is extensive. Use it to spot treat as needed in between liquid applications when an “outbreak” occurs. After spraying, let the treatment dry for 1 hour before letting people walk or sit on treated surfaces but once dry, there will be no hazard present to people or pets.

Chiggers are a flesh feeding pest which can ruin picnics, back yard get togethers or gardening activities. But with the right applications done around the property, you can eliminate all activity and keep them from coming back throughout the summer and fall.

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When you’re walking your dog through a field, skipping rocks near a riverbank or even just in your yard and suddenly feel an itching sensation, it could be because of chiggers, which are also sometimes called grass mites. Within hours of being bitten, you will probably feel an intense itching sensation around the affected area. One thing that might be stopping you from scratching is the question that you can’t get out of your head: do chigger bites spread?

If you’ve spent enough time outside in warmer parts of the country, you’ve probably already fallen victim to chigger bites. These microscopic pests, which are red, orange, yellow and straw-colored, latch onto passing people and animals. The chigger larvae are what actually attach to your clothing and skin. Once these creatures become adults, they are referred to as mites.

When you pass through an area with chiggers, you could have a few that hitch a ride on your body. Once a chigger falls off, you will see reddish bumps and you may notice a bright red dot in the middle. Once the larvae find your skin, they make a tiny hole using their jaws. The chigger larvae will then inject you with saliva, which liquefies your cells, turning it into food.

The red dot you see is what’s left of the hole the chigger made in your skin. These bites often appear in clusters, mostly at or below your waist and often near the tops of your socks or around your waistband. Chiggers can feed for a few days at one spot, and since they are so small, we may not notice them.

Bites can take up to two weeks to heal. If the victim scratches the bite sites, they can become infected. The only good news about getting chigger bites is that they don’t spread to other parts of your body. Once the larvae finish feeding and fall from your body, you’ll just need to resist the urge to scratch and wait for the skin irritation, which often looks like a rash, to go away.

Chigger bites can also bug our dogs and cats. If your pet seems to be scratching more than normal, look for chiggers in your pet’s ears which resemble paprika because of the reddish color of these creatures. A veterinarian may recommend a series of pyrethrin-based baths or topical or injectable treatments to remove the chiggers from your pet’s fur and to relieve itching.

These tiny pests certainly leave us puzzled. Read on to learn the answers to other common questions about chiggers, including whether or not chiggers can infest your home, if chiggers can live in your bed and on your clothing, how long chiggers can live on our bodies and whether these pests can travel from person to person.

Can Chiggers Infest Your Home?

As we already mentioned, chiggers are the larvae of harvest mites, which are tiny arachnids that live in on the surface or just under the surface of the soil. These nasty little pests do not infest your home as some pests, including bed bugs, can. When chiggers lay their eggs, it’s usually in one spot, which is why you can have a whole cluster of bites in one outing. Each bite is from one chigger, and because multiple larvae can be on you at one time, you can go on a hike or camping with friends and get what seems like 100 chigger bites, while your friend has none. The eggs are typically laid on plant tips and other vegetation, where they can then attach to a host. Each female can lay up to 15 eggs each day.

Chigger larvae exhibit a questing response, which means that they will stand with their front legs outstretched so they can grab a person or animal. That response is triggered by movement, light sensitivity, temperature sensitivity and touch through signals sent by their hair-like sensory organs. Chiggers are active from spring through fall and prefer temperatures in the 70s and 80s. Typically, summers are when you are most likely to fall victim to a chigger bite. Once it freezes, the outdoors become chigger-free.

A chigger prefers damp vegetation in partial sun. You can usually find chiggers in fields and near creek or river beds. However, they can hitch a ride into your home on your clothing or your pets.

If you see that you’ve been bitten by chiggers, take the following steps to alleviate the discomfort associated with a bite:

  • Remove the clothes you were wearing and wash them in hot water.
  • Wash anything else you may have come into contact with, such as blankets or towels.
  • Apply an over-the-counter topical antiseptic, as well as an anti-itch cream.
  • Vacuum your whole house thoroughly.
  • Wash your bedding in hot water.
  • Wash your pet’s bedding in hot water.
  • Bathe your pet in warm water with soap.

All of these steps will dislodge the chiggers and remove them from your home and pets. Since these pests don’t embed themselves in your skin, they will fall off after you complete those steps. If the chiggers began their meal and then got knocked off before completing it, then the chiggers will most likely die and not continue the life cycle rather than find a new host.

Can Chiggers Live in Your Bed?

Chiggers cannot live in your bed because these microscopic pests need a warm body to have their three-to-four-day meal so they can morph into a nymph and become adults. The adult mites spend their winter in the soil before laying eggs in the spring. The chigger larvae, which have three pairs of legs, climb onto vegetation so they can jump onto a host to feed. Sometimes, those hosts are pets. But scientists have found them on snakes, turtles, birds and a wide variety of animals. Humans are actually not their preferred host because they tend to be dislodged before they can finish the meal they need to morph.

Theoretically, if a chigger catches a ride on your pet and your pet jumps onto your bed before the chigger finds a place to latch onto to feed, then the chigger could be dislodged and fall onto your bed. Then it would look for a host to latch onto and begin its meal. However, this is very unlikely to happen and the chigger will actually live on you and not your bed as it gets the nourishment it needs to become a nymph.

If you are worried that you might have chiggers in your bed, you can wash your sheets in warm soapy water and spray your mattress with a bug spray to ease your fears.

The best way to control chiggers in your home is to prevent them from coming inside in the first place. There are a few things you can do to prevent chiggers from hanging out in your yard:

  • Mow your lawn frequently. Chiggers do not prefer well-manicured lawns.
  • Remove food and water sources. Reduce the amount of watering your yard if you can.
  • Trim excess vegetation. Reduce chiggers’ natural habitat by keeping trees and shrubs trimmed.
  • Consider applying treatment solutions outside. In serious cases, you may decide to treat your yard with pesticide. If you do so, make sure to follow instructions on the label or consult a pest professional to keep your family and pets safe.

How Long Do Chiggers Live on Clothing?

Chiggers can stay on your clothing for a few hours as they look for an opening to feed. Chigger larvae don’t actually need our blood to advance to the nymph stage. Instead, they put their mouthparts inside of a tube that extends beneath our skin to inject an enzyme which helps break down tissue into a substance the pest can ingest. If left undisturbed, a chigger will do this for a few days before detaching, so they will not just stay on your clothes indefinitely.

If you go for a hike or camping in an area where the vegetation isn’t maintained, consider wearing protective clothing to cover your skin and make it harder for a chigger to find and bite you. Tucking your pants into boots will help protect you from these pests. Take a shower when you get home from any potential chigger-infested area and wash your clothes in hot, soapy water to dislodge any chiggers you may have brought home with you.

To prevent chiggers from latching onto you in the first place, use a bug spray that contains DEET which repels them. Since chiggers are typically on lower vegetation, be sure to spray around from your knees down to your shoes.

How Long do Chiggers Live on the Human Body?

After the chigger larvae find your flesh and start to feast, they can stay on your skin for days. When they’ve had a complete meal, which takes three to four days, they fall off so they can transform into nymphs. The nymphs eat insect eggs and then grow into adults, which then lay eggs and start the whole life cycle over again. Chiggers usually live in clumps on leaves until they find a person or animal to latch onto.

These arachnid bites usually show up where clothes pinch, such as socks, waistbands and underwear. The areas where clothes touch your skin often provides protection for the chiggers so they are less likely to get knocked or brushed off your skin. These pests also look for delicate skin they can penetrate to feed, including behind your knees and under your arms. This can explain why children and women tend to get bitten more often than men.

Although some people suggest putting clear fingernail polish on chigger bites, there are more effective treatment methods. Once you notice the bites, take a hot shower to remove any chiggers which might still be on your body. Make sure all the chiggers are gone by scrubbing yourself with hot water and soap. You can then treat the bites with calamine lotion or another over-the-counter anti-itch medicine. If you have been scratching, using an antiseptic can help prevent infection.

Can Chiggers Spread from Person to Person?

Once a chigger starts the feeding process, it usually doesn’t start a meal on another person or animal. It simply dies.

When a chigger attaches itself to your clothes, it can crawl around for a little while looking for a delicate piece of skin to start its meal. Once the larvae find the perfect spot, it uses its clamp-like jaws called chelicerae to pierce the skin. The reason chigger bites itch so much is two-fold. First, many of us have an allergic reaction to the chigger’s saliva. In some people, that reaction is more severe and manifests as large sores and hives. However, most people simply see smaller red bumps.

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What Are Chiggers?

Chiggers (also called harvest mites or red bugs) are tiny red, biting mites. Their bites aren’t painful, but do cause intense itching.

Chiggers are members of the arachnid family (the same family that includes spiders and ticks). They are smaller than a period at the end of a sentence. Most can only be seen with a magnifying glass.

Chiggers are found all over the outdoors, including in grassy fields, along lakes and streams, and in forests. It’s the baby chiggers that bite people and animals.

How Do Chigger Bites Happen?

After hatching, baby chiggers wait on plants for people or animals to pass by. When they do, the chigger attaches to them using tiny claws. Once attached, it pierces their skin and injects its saliva (spit). The spit contains digestive juices that dissolve skin cells. The chigger then eats the dissolved cells, which provide the protein it needs to grow into an adult. After a couple of days the chigger falls off, leaving a red bump on the skin.

What Are the Signs of Chigger Bites?

Chigger bites are itchy red bumps that can look like pimples, blisters, or small hives. They are usually found around the waist, ankles, or in warm skin folds. They get bigger and itchier over several days, and often appear in groups.

Chigger bites start to itch within hours of the chigger attaching to the skin. The itch stops after a few days, and the red bumps heal over 1–2 weeks.

If chigger bites happen on the penis, they can cause swelling, itching, and painful peeing. This is known as “summer penile syndrome.”

How Are Chigger Bites Diagnosed?

Doctors can diagnose chigger bites by looking at them and asking about a person’s recent outdoor activities.

How Are Chigger Bites Treated?

Unlike mosquitoes and ticks, chiggers don’t carry disease. So they are not harmful, only annoying. You can usually treat chigger bites at home:

  • Scrub chigger bites well with soap and water to help remove any chiggers that are still attached to the skin.
  • Holding a cool washcloth over the bites can be soothing.
  • Calamine lotion or anti-itch creams can help with the itching.
  • Antihistamines (allergy medicine) taken by mouth can sometimes help with itching, especially if your child has trouble sleeping at night.

Discourage kids from scratching at the bites because this can lead to:

  • impetigo, a bacterial infection of the skin, with pus and crusts around the bites
  • a larger area of increasing redness, swelling, pain, and warmth, called cellulitis

Keeping fingernails short can help prevent skin damage from scratching. Antibiotics may be needed if a skin infection does happen.

When Should I Call the Doctor?

Call your doctor’s office if:

  • Over-the-counter creams or lotions don’t help the itching.
  • A bite looks infected (watch for warmth, redness, swelling, tenderness, or pus).
  • Your son has symptoms of “summer penile syndrome.”

Can Chigger Bites Be Prevented?

To help prevent chigger bites when enjoying the great outdoors:

  • Apply an insect repellent with 10%–30% DEET.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants tucked into shoes, especially during hiking. This also can help protect kids from other biting critters like ticks and mosquitoes.
  • Take a hot shower after you get back inside, and wash your clothes in hot water. Clothes also can be treated with a specific insecticide to help prevent bites.

Chigger bites aren’t contagious, so kids can’t catch them from someone or give them to somebody else. They can still play sports and do all normal activities unless the itching makes them too uncomfortable.

Reviewed by: Elana Pearl Ben-Joseph, MD Date reviewed: October 2019

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Surprise, a chigger isn’t even an insect. They’re actually an immature mite, so they are super tiny—just 1/150th of an inch. Unless you’re sporting a magnifying glass, you’re probably not going to see one. Some people call them red bugs because of their bright red color but they can also be orange, yellow, or straw color. The juvenile chiggers are ones that bite and once they do, it itches something fierce.

Where do chiggers live?

If you want to know how to get rid of chiggers you have to know where they prefer to hang out. They gravitate towards dense vegetation. “Chiggers are most abundant in vegetational transition zones such as the junction of forest and grass, in swampy areas and thickets,” says Jim Fredericks, PhD, chief entomologist and vice president of technical and regulatory affairs for the National Pest Management Association. Chiggers are found just about anywhere across the United States, but their larval activity (biting stage) varies depending on the region and climate. So, if you live in Michigan, the larval activity may be around two months, but if you reside in Florida, chiggers could be a year-round nuisance.

Where they bite

Chiggers bite animals and humans and they’ll wait in a shaded spot close to the ground (and your ankles) until they find a host. They’re attracted to the carbon dioxide we exhale, so all we have to do in stumble into their habitat to give them the green light to bite. Chiggers tend to gather where clothing is tight, like socks around the ankle or a belt on our waist. Once they find a suitable spot, they pierce the skin around the hair follicles and release a skin dissolving saliva, and the chiggers feed on that liquid. Their bite causes intense itching but at least they don’t suck our blood like bed bugs do.

Keep chiggers off your skin

If you’re headed into chigger-loving habitats, spray exposed skin with an insect repellent. Don’t forget to spray the spots where chiggers get access to the skin from your socks, top of shoes or boots, waistbands, cuffs, and collars. Texas A & M Cooperative Extension recommends using insect repellents that have DEET. Keep in mind if you’re using sunscreen too the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends applying the sunscreen first and letting it dry for about five minutes before applying repellents with DEET in them. Repel lasts for up to ten hours but you may need to reapply if you get wet or sweaty. If you’d rather opt for a chemical-free repellent, give one of these options a try.

Spray your clothes

Add even more protection by spraying any clothes that will touch vegetation as your working or walking in chigger habitats. Clothing yourself with an armor of protection with long pants that are tucked into boots or socks and long-sleeved shirts with tight cuffs is how to get rid of chiggers too. You may want to spray your picnic blanket or backpack as chiggers can infest any object that touches the ground. Texas A & M suggests using sprays specifically for clothing that contain permethrin. Try Sawyers Premium Permethrin Clothing Insect Repellent, but only use it on clothing or gear, never your skin.

How to get rid of chiggers on your skin

Chigger bites itch but you may not start scratching until a few hours after they’re done biting. You might remove some chiggers by scratching but their mouthparts could remain and continued scratching could lead to a secondary infection. Clemson College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences has a better plan. Hop in the shower ASAP and lather up the areas where you got bit. Rinse and repeat. Next, slather on some antiseptic cream. Thankfully, chiggers in the United States aren’t’ known to transmit any diseases. After you dry off, try one of these home remedies to stop itching.

How to get rid of chiggers in your backyard

Chiggers like more dense and humid vegetations, so if you have areas of overgrown shrubs or twig piles with weeds here’s your motivation to put on some garden gloves and get to work. “Homeowners should remove brush and thickets, and be sure to keep the lawn mowed, as these tactics will help reduce chigger populations,” says Fredericks. When you keep your grass short and garden plants trimmed it raises soil temperatures and lowers the humidity—a combination chiggers don’t fancy. You might want to get rid of these shrubs, especially if they are overgrown.

Lawn treatment for chiggers

It may be tempting to pick up some insecticide sprays and saturate your lawn, especially if you have a lot of overgrown vegetation but Fredericks says habitat alteration is the most important factor when it comes to getting rid of chiggers. But in some cases, pest control pros may recommend insecticides after a survey of the area deems it would be helpful. According to Texas A & M insecticides containing bifenthrin, carbaryl, diazinon or permethrin may be necessary. But steer away from granular varieties they say because they’re just not as effective as spray formulations.

How To Get Rid Of Chiggers and Their Bites

Table of Contents:

  • What You Should Know About Chiggers
  • How To Get Rid Of Chiggers In Your House
  • How To Get Rid Of Chiggers In Your Yard
  • What Scientists Recommend to Do to Avoid Chigger Bites
  • Comparison Table of Scientifically Approved Methods
  • Chigger Bite Treatment
  • TOP-6 Chigger Control Products

What You Should Know About Chiggers

These pests feed on skin cells, not blood. As a rule, chiggers initially get into shoes or clothing and then cling to hairs on the ankles, under the armpits or on the waist. This is most likely to happen when a person wanders through shrubs or tall grass or other dense vegetation infested with chiggers. When attacked by a chigger, one does not feel itching for several hours, but afterward, the skin irritation will be experienced for two or three weeks, with its peak reached in a day after the bite. This is due to the fact that it takes some time for the pests to find an appropriate spot to bite. When the skin becomes swollen, it often wraps the chigger what creates a wrong impression of the pest burrowing into the skin. Once bitten, the person starts to scratch the spot, something that is likely to kill the chigger but at the same time poses a more grave danger of the wound being infected if left untreated. Also, keep in mind that when dislodged from the host the chigger dies while the skin itching remains.

The first trouble you will face is to detect these annoying pests. This is not easy because they are too small, with the size varying from about one-twentieth to one-sixtieth of an inch in length. Typically chiggers have a bright red color but can also be found colored in yellow or orange. Their bodies are haired and have three pairs of legs. This species of pests survive in a natural environment only, generally, they live in damp and humid places with tall grass, shrubs and other dense vegetation. Chiggers are likely to be encountered in brushy areas full of small-sized rodents, which they normally feed on. Riverbanks, trees, and berry are highly attractive to them as well. Researchers from the University of Maryland Extension point out that chiggers are most common in vegetation transition zones. These are areas along the junction of forest and grass, near swamps and lawns close to the houses.

These pests have three life stages: eggs, larvae, and adults but it is the chigger larva that is parasitic. When a larva finds somebody to feed on, it remains on the host for three day — if undisturbed. Then, the larva transforms into the adult which then switches to other kinds of meal, namely, insects and their eggs. They can be active throughout the year in southern regions but normally this period is limited to the spring and autumn. Overwintering in the soil, female adults lay eggs in the damp soil as soon as the spring comes.

How To Get Rid Of Chiggers In Your House

Chiggers need a host to feed on and survive. To this end, they are constantly seeking a suitable living organism but can also use inanimate objects on the ground, such as clothes and blankets, as a bridge to their host. Given that such objects imply a close contact with the human body or the pet, they may become a source of an infestation.

The best approach is to take necessary steps to prevent chigger bites and not to carry them in your house. But if it happens, you should do everything possible to minimize the damage. Scientists from the Oklahoma State University suggest that if you have to visit chigger-prone areas, put on loose-fitting clothing made of tightly woven material. Such kind of fabrics is the best protection as it reduces chances for chiggers to get access to your body through clothes. Also, wear long pants tucked into the socks as well as long-sleeved shirts tucked into pants.

After returning to home, take your clothes off and launder them. Apart from that, take a shower no later than in a couple of hours following your potential contact with these pests, what will not eliminate the problem but will decrease the number of chigger bites. “If the itching has started, though, it is too late for bathing to do much good,” the guidelines read. Pondering about how to get rid of chiggers in your house, keep in mind that not only the skin but clothes, blankets, and other items contacting the ground may be infested by them. However, according to Steven B. Jacobs, a senior extension associate with the Pennsylvania State University, chiggers do not live in structures or buildings and can be acquired outdoors only.

How To Get Rid Of Chiggers In Your Yard

Remember that chiggers may live next to your door, right in the yard outside the house if the habitat is appropriate. Trim shrubbery, cut tall grass and mow the lawn to create an unfavorable environment for them. Sunlight and air penetrating the vegetation will make it drier and less attractive for chiggers craving for a humid environment. Eradicating rodents and other small animals which are prime hosts for chiggers will be helpful as well. Also, remove wood debris in your yard as it serves as a shelter for hosts of adult mites. Entomologist Jonathan M. Sargent from the Clemson University does not advise yard treatment with insecticides and considers it impractical because the vegetation can be harmed. Another downside is that a large area should be repeatedly sprayed with repellents to make the treatment effective. Nevertheless, he admits that if a pest infestation is heavy, spraying insecticides will be a good solution.

What Scientists Recommend to Do to Avoid Chigger Bites

What scientists unanimously claim is that a person should protect himself or herself with chemical repellents before entering an area potentially infested with chiggers. According to entomologists with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, products containing DEET (N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide) and Permethrin are considered to be the most effective. How should these chemicals be used? First of all, read the label and follow the instruction, because in case the stuff is not used properly, it may cause harm to the person. Apply DEET directly to the skin as well as around cuffs, tops of boots, and other spots where the pests usually make their way towards a human body. Be careful not to spray the insecticide in your eyes. Also, bear in mind that repeated applications will be needed as DEET-based products applied to the exposed skin are effective at most during the first several hours. This is due to the fact that the substance is gradually washed away with sweat produced by the human skin.

Chigger repellents with another active ingredient suggested by researchers, Permethrin, are intended for applying strictly to clothes or other artificial materials only. Never apply it to the skin. Compared with the previous chemical compound, Permethrin is a longer-lasting solution because clothing preserves insecticides for a longer period of time. Moreover, the substance will remain in the treated spots even after several launderings. Also, do not put on the treated clothes until the Permethrin-based repellent has dried. To improve the results, implement a combined approach, applying permethrin to clothes and DEET to the skin. This will be particularly effective when visiting areas of a large congregation of chiggers.

Glen C. Moore and M.E. Merchant, entomologists from The Texas A&M University System, also mention other chigger repellents: sulfur powder and chigger repellents based on plant oils. The former, like Permethrin, can also be applied to clothes. However, the effectiveness of products containing sulfur powder is not widely acknowledged. The products based on oils of natural plants are increasingly in demand due to their relative safety for humans. The scientists note that no tests proving that such repellents work against chiggers have been carried out. Nevertheless, if the label states that the repellent has been developed to repel chiggers, it is worth trying it since some protection is likely to be guaranteed.

When applied to lawns or other areas outside the house, chose products containing cyfluthrin, bifenthrin, and esfenvalerate. Permethrin will also do the job. Such repellents available in sprays will decrease chigger population in case of a heavy infestation. They are also recommended for covering large areas. Insecticides made in granules show poorer results than sprays. However, if you have decided on granular chigger repellents, bear in mind that studies have revealed that bifenthrin-based products show better performance compared to other granular repellents when used against chiggers.

Before using an insecticide, be certain that it was registered for applying to plants and around vegetation. Read and follow instructions on the label in order not to inflict damage to the environment. Also, wearing long pants and other kinds of protection is recommended when handling chemical repellents. Apart from that, keep pets away from the treated area until it is dry. To achieve better results, spray specific areas where a large number of chiggers are present. If you unaware about which sites are most infested, treat the area around ornamental plants as well as between dense vegetation and your lawn. The application should be made at the end of April and May but in case you face a heavy infestation, reapply the repellent in June.

How To Get Rid Of Chiggers: Comparison Table of Scientifically Approved Methods

Method Type Advantage Disadvantage Effectiveness
Wearing protective clothes prevention reduces the accessibility of the skin to chiggers; does not require extra spending does not protect from all chiggers as they can cling to clothes 10
Trimming shrubbery, cutting tall grass habitat modification creates an unfavorable habitat for chiggers; environmentally friendly; long-term solution solves the problem in your yard only, whereas chiggers can be carried with the clothes from other places; labor-consuming 9
Removing debris habitat modification eliminate sites serving as shelters for chigger hosts; environmentally friendly; long-term solution solves the problem in your yard only, whereas chiggers can be carried with the clothes from other places; labor-consuming 8
DEET (N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide) repellent its effectiveness is scientifically proven; can be applied to the skin; safe for humans and pets; high concentration will protect in extreme weather conditions; numerous studies on DEET have been conducted over the course of seventy years products with high concentration of DEET can pose a hazard to humans and pets; it can damage surfaces like plastics; a short -term solution 10
Permethrin repellent scientifically proven effectiveness; it is a longer-term solution and can provide the protection up to three weeks; can be used not only on clothes but also in treating the lawn; unlike DEET, it does not destroy tissues or artificial surfaces II toxicity category (one teaspoon taken orally is lethal to humans); can be applied to clothes and other artificial items only; must not be applied to the skin; clothes must be laundered thoroughly when brought at home; toxic to cats 10
Sulfur powder repellent can be applied both to clothes and plants; has been registered as pesticide in the USA since 1920s; it is of low toxicity and pose little risk to the human and animal health; is not toxic to beneficial insects can cause dermal toxicity; it can also cause eye and lung irritation; must not be applied within a month after the plant is treated with oil pesticides 9
Oils of plants repellent offer a natural alternative to synthetic insecticides; pose minimum risk to humans; have been used as pesticides for decades can injure susceptible plants; less effective than chemical insecticides 8
Cyfluthrin killer & repellent a contact insecticide which interferes with nervous transmission; does not penetrate into plant tissue and can be applied to the lawns has a short-term effect; does not completely eradicate chiggers on the lawn but rather reduces their number; helpful only in case of a heavy infestation; highly toxic to cats 10
Bifenthrin killer & repellent can be applied both indoors and outdoors, to ornamental plants and crops; disrupts the nervous system of chiggers causing paralysis II toxicity category (one teaspoon taken orally is lethal to humans); more toxic than cyfluthrin, can cause severe skin irritation; people can be exposed to it through ingestion or skin contact; has a short-term effect 9

Chigger Bite Treatment

Well, if the worst thing happened, do not give up but instead take steps suggested by experts as soon as possible. First of all, take a shower and sponge the welt with soap. This will kill the bulk of the pests on you. Researchers from The Iowa State University warn against using home remedies in chigger treatment because they have not been proven effective by scientific studies. The problem is that most of such solutions overlook biological peculiarities of chiggers. For example, nail lacquer does not kill these pests contrary to popular opinion. Sealing the affected spot of the skin with various remedies such as nail lacquer helps to ease itching. But the same effect will also be produced by oil or Vaseline. What is needed is to block an access of the air to the skin.

In their recommendations on how to get rid of chigger bites, the scientists suggest covering the skin with products based on antihistamines such as menthol and camphor, as well as remedies containing anesthetics and analgesics. In addition, a calamine lotion and a paste based on baking soda will be helpful in chigger bite treatment. Barb Ogg, Ph.D., from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, advise to first rub alcohol into the skin and then use local anesthetics. Do not scratch bites to avoid increased skin irritation and, more importantly, secondary infections. While scratching does really remove some chiggers, it may result in their mouthparts left in the welts causing secondary infections. Nevertheless, none of the species of chiggers in the territory of the United States carry diseases, therefore do not pose a serious threat to the human health.

TOP-6 Chigger Control Products

Below you will find TOP 6 chigger repellents based on ingredients recommended by scientists. We have examined a chigger spray with the active ingredient Permethrin registered for applying to clothes. Another product is based on DEET and can be sprayed on the skin. A 100-percent natural spray with the active ingredient oil of Lemon Eucalyptus is intended for those unwilling to use chemicals. Sulfur powder is an alternative solution recommended by scientists for chigger control and is widely used in the territory of the USA. Treating the lawn with products not containing chemicals is increasingly in demand now. Therefore, have a look at a concentrate with the active ingredient cedar oil labeled for chiggers. For those preferring chemical solutions, we have picked up a product containing cyfluthrin, a powerful insecticide of a moderate toxicity.

Chigger Spray for Clothes: Sawyer Permethrin Insect Repellent

The product containing the active ingredient permethrin is intended for chiggers and some other pests. The stuff should be applied to clothes, sleeping bags and tents but is not intended for contacting the skin. It is a very powerful repellent compared with a 100-percent concentration of DEET. Not only does it repel the pests but kills them as well. The product’s effect continues even after six launderings or over a month. Unlike DEET, the substance does not destroy tissues, nor will it damage plastic surfaces. When applied and dried, the stuff does not have a smell. It is available as a spray in various volumes, starting from a 12-ounce bottle to four packs of 24-ounce bottles what significantly influences the price. For example, a 12-ounce spray is sold at a price of Check the current price while a 24-ounce bottle costs Check the current price. The latter will be enough for four complete outfits, that is a shirt, pants, and socks.

Permethrin Insect Repellent has scored 4.3 out of 5 stars, with over 3,200 customer reviews most of which are positive. “I have used this product for over 5 years and have never found a tick on me nor been infested with chiggers. Just spray over all clothing including boots completely and enjoy your time in the woods,” one of the customers wrote.

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Repel 100 Insect Repellent (DEET)

This repellent with a high concentration of DEET (98.11%) is intended to protect a person in severe insect conditions. According to the manufacturer, the spray will repel chigger as well as a number of other pests. The product is for outdoor use only, with the protection lasting up to ten hours. It can be applied both directly to the skin and to the edges of the clothes. You can safely use the stuff on a daily basis without causing harm to the health. Remember that DEET is less toxic than Permethrin and other similar insecticides, however, the concentration also matters. What you need is carefully read the label directions and follow them. Particularly, be sure that the product is out of reach of your children because when used improperly it can pose a hazard.

Repel 100 rates 4.3 out of 5 stars on, with almost 2,500 customer reviews. “Out of everything we’ve tried it’s the best for chiggers, no-see-ums and mosquitoes,” a satisfied customer said. To avoid bites, the users suggest spraying the stuff on all exposed areas of the skin and clothing. Another customer confirms that the solution works against chiggers but highlights a weakness of the product — the sprayer is very touchy and leaks.

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Bugs BeGone Repellent – 100% Natural Essential Oil Blend

If you prefer natural solutions, this option is definitely for you. Bugs BeGone is labeled for chiggers, among some other pests, and is based on a natural blend containing the essential oil of Lemon Eucalyptus. No chemicals are included in the formulation. Apart from being absolutely safe, the product also has a pleasant odor resembling a fresh lemon. Not only is the substance itself is environmentally friendly, but the container as well which is recyclable. The stuff does not stain clothes, nor does it make the skin greasy. It can be applied both to clothes and exposed areas of the skin, including the face. However, do not spray on the face directly but instead, apply the stuff to the hands and then rub it in the face and neck. Avoid getting the substance into the eyes.

Bugs BeGone rates 3.8 out of 5 stars. “Handles chiggers very well. No longer getting bit from these critters!” one of the customers wrote. The drawback of this repellent is that it is considered to be less effective compared with chemical formulations. In particular, the effect lasts just for two hours, therefore the spray may have to be reapplied over the course of one durable stay in the forest. When sprayed generously, the bottle will be finished approximately in three days.

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Yellow Sulfur Organic Powder

An organic sulfur powder can be applied to clothes and the skin, as well as on the lawn to provide the protection from chiggers. Take Vaseline and mix it with one tablespoon of sulfur, then rub a little of the mixture behind the ear. Some customers say that it can also be used to get rid of chiggers in pets, what you should do for that is just dust it on them. Nevertheless, you should first consult a local vet before applying the stuff to the animals. The drawback of the product is its medicinal smell.

The sulfur powder has scored 4.6 out of 5 stars, however, there are not many customer reviews to draw compelling conclusions. One of the customers gave a useful advice on how to keep chiggers away: “To avoid chiggers put about one-half to one cup of sulfur in an old clean sock and tie off the end, leaving the sulfur in a 4-6 inch pouch at the toe. Use the sulfur sock to dust sulfur lightly over your clothes, waistband and below. Double dust on your lower legs and feet,” he wrote noting that the solution really worked against chiggers.

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Natural treatment (cedar oil) to get rid of chiggers in your yard Wondercide EcoTreat

This natural concentrate based on cedar oil is intended for the outdoor use and targets a number of pests including chiggers. According to the producer, the pests are not just repelled but can also be killed by the solution. Dilute the concentrate with water and apply it to the exterior walls, in lawns and gardens using a hose-end sprayer. It is safe for children and pets even when the treated area has not dried yet. Moreover, it is safe for beneficial insects like butterflies. To control chiggers, the producer suggests two treatments 7-10 days apart, as well as reapplying the solution on a monthly basis as a preventive measure.

EcoTreat rates 3.9 out of 5 stars, with over 200 customer reviews. It should be noted that opinions are divided. Some customers say that the concentrate is not effective while others are satisfied with the results. “This product is wonderful….we were having issues with chiggers in our back yard. I sprayed the yard and it works….no chiggers.…” one of them wrote. At any rate, all of the users have agreed that a natural solution to the problem of such pesky pests as chiggers is a great advantage.

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Tempo Ultra SC, powerful insecticide (cyfluthrin)

If you still prefer chemical solutions, have a look at Tempo insecticide with an active ingredient cyfluthrin. This powerful repellent covers an area of 30,000 square feet and targets many species of pests including chiggers. Available in a concentrated form, the liquid should be diluted with water and sprayed on plants in the garden. One of its advantages is a complete lack of odor, what is a clear advantage for the product based on a chemical formulation. You will also enjoy a durable effect of this repellent lasting up to three months that is enough for a whole season. This also makes Tempo a really cost-efficient solution.

The concentrate has scored 4.7 out of 5 stars, with over 600 customer reviews. “My husband sprays this in our yard to kill chiggers, ticks, ants, roaches and scorpions. We live in Arkansas in a wooded area and have a huge problem with chiggers. Now we can go out in the yard and work in the flower beds without being bothered by them,” one of the customers wrote. What the users speak with one voice is that the concentrate kills all pests in the garden and is very effective.

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Chigger Control Products Comparative Chart

Product Type
Sawyer Repellent, 24-ounce Spray, based on Permethrin
Repel 100, 4 oz Spray, based on DEET
Bugs BeGone Spray, based on oil of Lemon Eucalyptus
Sulfur Powder Repellent, 5 Pounds Powder, based on sulfur
Wondercide EcoTreat, 16 oz Concentrate based on cedar oil
Tempo Ultra SC 240 ML, 8.12 oz Concentrate based on cyfluthrin

How to Get Rid of Chigger Bites Fast

About chigger

Chigger is a small size larva of the harvest mite. It is red in color and belongs to the class of Anthropoda. Chiggers are found in tall grass and weed, woodlands, berry patches, etc. So, you may find them invading your lawn. It likes moist areas, fields, forest and areas near lakes and streams.

Chigger bites

The bites usually occur during summer and fall season. The chigger latches on to your clothes and reaches your skin. Normally, they bite your ankles, waist, and warm skin folds. After it bites, it secretes its saliva that contains chemicals which destroy the cells in the body of the host. A bite from a chigger causes a lot of irritation, itching and can leave marks on your skin. It feeds on your tissue fluids that causes skin conditions like Dermatitis. You will end up having red bumps; itching, allergic reaction will cause you to have hives as well.

Tips for dealing with chigger bites effectively

  1. Taking a bath

Use disinfectant and proper solution and scrub your body with soap and water properly to wash out the chigger from your body. Make sure you scrub every inch of your body properly and scrub it with soap so that the mites can be eradicated from your body. Take cool baths other than showers that also help in soothing the bites on your skin.

  1. Washing clothes

Wash clothes, towel, socks and your other belongings at high temperature. To eliminate and get rid of the mites that might be latched on the clothes towel and other material. Dry the clothes at high temperature. Make sure to check and dust off your clothes before wearing them.

  1. Taking cool compressors

Wrap ice cubes in a towel or cloth and apply the cold bag onto your skin bite. The cold compressors help in calming down the swelling and pain and relax the irritation and itching on your skin.

  1. Using over the counter medicine

LOTION & OINTMENT: Apply calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream on the skin. It will soothe the itching and the inflammation. Corticosteroid creams also help for the chigger bites.

ANTIHISTAMINE: You can take antihistamine pills to relieve the inflammation and the itching.

STEROID & ANTIBIOTICS: You will have to use stronger drugs like, steroid medicine and antibiotics to for more sever chigger bite and extensive symptoms.

  1. Preventing chigger bites

While sitting in your lawn or going outdoors in places like the lake or park, you must apply repellant creams that will keep the chigger at bay. Make sure to apply the anti-repellant cream on your whole body. It will keep the chigger away from you.

Wear full length sleeves and trousers, cap and socks with tall boots or shoes. Tuck in the pants into the socks and make sure all your skin is covered to prevent the chigger from biting.

Spend less time in areas where chigger is infested. Avoid staying for too longs in those areas where the chigger usually lurks around.

  1. Spraying chemicals

Use bug sprays while going to such areas or even while sitting in your lawn. You can spray over your skin and clothing to deter the chigger away.

Permethrin based sprays can be used on clothes to repel the mites from your clothing and prevent it from biting your skin. If you planned on going camping you may want to spray your clothes with Permethrin 2 days prior.

  1. Controlling chigger in your lawn

Use products like, Microcare Insecticide Aerosol, Essentria IC3 Natural Pesticide and SYLO INSECTICIDE. Chiggers are usually found in all the thick dense area of your lawn. Look for places where the chigger is mostly populated. It is usually the areas like mulches, wood chips, pine straws, grass and thick briar patches. It is also found in junipers, poison ivy and many more such places. Spraying such chemicals on the area the chigger have infested should be treated to eradicate and control the chigger population. Decreasing chigger population in your lawn will minimize your chance of getting bitten by a chigger.

  1. Taking care of your lawn

Mow the grass regularly and trim it short. Make sure to trim the trees as well. Remove all the mulches, wood chips and other foliage and clean up all the leaf debris. Keep your lawn well-kept and clean will also prevent the chigger from invading your outdoor premises. Allow more light and keep your yard or lawn more airy by keeping it clutter free and well-trimmed.

Keeping the chigger out of sight

Take all precautions necessary to avoid chigger bites, make sure to use repellants and wear proper clothing. In case you get bitten by a chigger be well informed about it and take instant measure like using cool compressors, keeping calamine lotion handy and taking immediate showers. All these measures and steps including using effective pesticide and insecticide will keep the chigger from biting you.

Conclusion

Chiggers are can make for an itchy and frustrating problem where they are residing. If you encounter some in your home, you would need to take measures to manage them. By following the steps we have outlined above and equipping yourself with the right products to soothe your skin and get rid of chiggers, you can again rest easy and bite-free.

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What Are Chiggers and What Do They Look Like?

Red bugs, mower’s mites, berry bugs, harvest bugs, chiggers—the arachnids scientifically known as trombiculidae mites go by many names. Ranging in size from 0.3mm to 0.4mm (1/60 of an inch), chiggers are nearly microscopic organisms known for their extremely itchy “bites.” Most active during spring, summer and fall, chiggers have four life stages: egg, larvae, nymph and adult. But only the larval stage individuals—in other words, the babies—are parasitic.

Found in moist vegetation worldwide (like grassy lawns, bushes and forests), these red-orange mites attach themselves to a host—a reptile, rabbit, insect, or human for example—in order to feed on their skin. Contrary to popular belief, chiggers do not bite or burrow into their hosts; instead, they inject digestive enzymes into their host’s skin in order to create a hole from which they can feed. After sucking up this liquified skin meal, the baby chigger drops to the ground, where it matures into its next life stage.

What Do Chigger “Bites” Look Like?

Appearing 6-48 hours after the chigger has fed, chigger “bites” consist of red bumps infamous for their intense itchiness. These irritating lesions usually occur in clusters in or around areas where skin and clothing are in close proximity—like the waist, ankles, armpits, crotch-area and back. While the first several days are the worst, these bumps can persist for weeks, even months in a milder form.

How Do You Prevent Chigger “Bites?”

Like with mosquitos and ticks, you need to use a repellent when venturing into chigger territory. Because of the toxicity of traditional bug sprays, we recommend using only non-toxic pesticides and repellents. For the sake of your pet’s well-being, treat them to repel chiggers, too. For additional protection, we recommend wearing long clothing when walking in suspected chigger areas, being sure to tuck pants into socks, and shirt into pants. After returning from these areas, bathe immediately in warm, soapy water. All possibly infested clothing should be promptly washed in warm/hot water, too.

How Do You Get Chiggers?

This a two part question: (1) How does one get bitten by chiggers? And (2) How do chiggers get into our lawns. Walking through a wooded area, tall grass or weeds, or on lawns not treated with pesticides, is how most people pick up their first chigger “bites”. This is also a common way chigger populations are introduced into our yards, as chiggers readily hitch a ride on our clothing only to be dropped somewhere near our homes. Other common hosts such as rodents, turtles, small birds, and more also contribute to the spread of chiggers—which is why a regular outdoor pest-control regimen is encouraged during the warmer seasons.

What To Do If You Have Chiggers

If you fear chiggers have invaded your lawn, or if you want to prevent that from happening, you’ll need to treat your lawn with a naturally sourced outdoor pest control solution. In the heavy chigger months between spring and fall, we recommend treating your entire yard at least once per month to help keep your yard chigger-free.

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