Chiggers are minuscule red bugs (arachnids) known as harvest mites. They are so tiny they cannot be seen without the use of a microscope. They are parasitic and therefore feed on the blood of animals and yes, humans too. They live in wooded areas, forests and areas with a lot of grass. Young Chiggers (known as larvae) are born in these areas and will attach themselves onto people or animals who wonder into these areas. The larvae will then dissolve the skin cells of the host they are attached to and feed on them. They are fond of attaching themselves to the waist and armpits. Chiggers on the skin are problematic because they bite and cause extremely itchy raised welts on the skin. These lesions can take up to two week to go away. Getting rid of chiggers in your yard or on the body is the only way to protect yourself, your children and your pets from their itchy and sometimes painful bites.
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Wear Protective clothing when going into areas with chiggers. When entering wooded areas or areas with tall grass that is likely to have chiggers, it is important to wear close fitting clothing that covers a lot of skin. Tuck pants into socks and wear shoes that do not have cutouts for airflow
Be sure to cover all exposed skin with insect repellents when moving through areas with chiggers. Clothing and shoes can be covered with sulfur powder or DEETs.
Eliminate chiggers breeding grounds
Chiggers thrive in moist areas in homes and yards that provide a lot of shade. To get rid of chiggers in these areas:
Treating chigger bites
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