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Chiggers

What are Chiggers?

Chiggers are small pests that will use people as a food source if given the chance. A trombiculid mite's larval stage is known as a chigger.

Chiggers are an issue because they prey on human and animal skin cells. They create an entrance in the skin cell with their sharp claws and inject saliva to disintegrate the skin cell so they may ingest the liquid.

Trombiculid mites are arachnids that are closely related to ticks and spiders. They have eight legs as adults, but only six legs as larvae (chiggers). Chiggers, like other arachnids, lack wings, and antennae.

Chiggers

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Chiggers Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Are chiggers dangerous?

Adult trombiculid mites feed on plants but cause no health issues in people. However, the larval stage (chiggers) causes difficulties for people. Chiggers bite and often leave behind a swollen, red itchy rash afterward.

Itching around the bite locations might start from one to three hours after being bitten. The bites' itching may last a week or more.

Itching for a long time, especially in little children, can lead to secondary infections. These pests, on the other hand, aren't known to spread disease to humans.

Why do I have a chigger problem?

The humid, hot weather that prevails in your location for most of the year is ideal for chigger populations to thrive. Chiggers may become an issue in your yard if your yard provides them with the humidity and foliage they require to thrive.

Where will I find chiggers?

Chiggers are most active from spring until cooler weather hits during the winter season. In the spring, female chiggers lay their eggs in shady grassy areas such as lawns, parks, fields, and wooded areas.

After the eggs hatch, the larvae crawl onto pieces of grass, weeds, and other vegetation. When a person or animal brushes against them, they crawl up onto the host moving to an area that provides them with access to the skin.

On people, chiggers usually move to skin found under pieces of clothing like the waistline, knees, or ankles.

How do I get rid of chiggers?

If you have chiggers on your property, you should contact a pest control professional right once. We, at 24h Pest Pros, can help you get rid of chiggers in your yard and protect yourself from their unpleasant bites.

Our expert technicians provide top-quality pest control services utilizing the most up-to-date and effective chemicals to eliminate chiggers from your homes.

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How can I prevent chiggers in the future?

By collaborating with 24h Pest Pros and executing the following prevention strategies, you may avoid chigger problems:

  • Keep your yard's grass short and woody areas trimmed back from the perimeter of your property.
  • Removing weeds and other plants off walkways, decks, and porches is a good idea.
  • Garden and lawns should not be overwatered.
  • If at all possible, avoid walking through tall, moist grass.
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