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Chigger How To Control Chiggers

When the summer comes around, one tiny little demon that homeowners and gardeners have to deal with in the yard are chiggers. These little red mites are so small they’re practically invisible, but you know for sure they are present from the itchy and irritating bites they deliver. If you want to enjoy your yard again, you have to implement a control program to get rid of those pesky chiggers. We here at Solutions Pest and Lawn are well aware of these frustrating little pests and will share with you the best methods of control and the best products to use to eliminate chiggers from your yard for good.

Chigger Background Information

Chiggers aren’t actually insects, they’re mites from the Trombiculidae family. Chiggers are actually the larvae stage of red harvest mite, which is harmless to humans and pets in their adult stage. Chiggers are so small that they are practically impossible to see with the naked eye.

With the help of a microscope or magnifying lens one can see that the chigger has six legs, while adult and nymph mite stages have eight. Adult and nymphs are bright red, while the larvae are orange, yellow, or light red and 1/150 to 1/120 of an inch long. Adult mites are 1/20 inch long. When they become red harvest mites, they mainly feed on plants and are harmless to humans.

Chiggers aren’t bloodsuckers like mosquitos but they actually like to feed on the flesh on practically any living thing. The bites they deliver to humans that irritate the skin are due to chiggers eating skin cells which they dissolve with digestive enzymes. This feeding that the chigger does can result in violent and painful reactions from those who are allergic.

Chiggers normally like to stay in damp, low-lying areas, such as meadows, near lakes or rivers, and woodsy regions but they can adapt to different conditions as they like to move wherever they can find a food source. Most often encountered in the spring and summer, chigger larvae hang on the tops of vegetation, usually in moisture-heavy, shady areas.

Chiggers are prevalent worldwide, but in the States, Chiggers are most common in the Southeast and Midwest parts of the country because of the humid weather and the thick vegetation conditions so its no surprise that they like to hang around lawns and gardens. They have an exceptionally great sense of movement and can detect sources of food from a far distance. Pets will get chiggers simply moving about in the yard, humans can get them while out hiking or playing golf, working in the garden or during a picnic.

Tips for Chigger Control

Chiggers are only in their larval form for a very short time but during that time, boy are they ruthless. While complete controlling of your home and outside area may be impossible, there are things you can do to protect yourself from chigger bites and make the area around your home less appealing.

  • Steer clear of shady areas where there is tall grass and brush. Mowing regularly to remove thick areas of vegetation. Shorter grass gives chiggers less places to hide during midday since they can’t tolerate much sunlight.

  • If you venturing into areas where chigger activities is high, protect your body by wearing long sleeves and tall boots, and stuffing your pants into your socks. Then, shower and wash your clothes as soon as you can.

  • Use repellent on your skin to deter chiggers from feeding on you.

 

Solutions Recommendations for Chiggers

There are a numbers of products that we carry that target chiggers. We recommend either using an aerosol spray like Microcare Insecticide Aerosol or pesticides like Essentria IC3 Natural Pesticide and Sylo Insecticide.

The best methods of Chigger control starts with identifying where they are congregating. Usually chiggers are found around the home in pine straw, wood chips, mulch areas, grass, overgrown wild areas, briar patches, or anywhere ground cover is thick. English ivy, poison ivy and junipers will all provide great protection for nesting chiggers. Since these locations may be all over the property, chigger control is best done by treating everything and spot treating “hot spots” where chiggers frequent.

These products are also great when Chiggers find there way inside your home. Use these products to treat baseboards, crawlspaces or other areas where populations are suspected to be living. Another good area to treat is around your home’s foundation.

Browse our chigger control products below and then contact us for free advice on how to properly apply it around your home!

 



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