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How to Get Rid of Chiggers 

You might need a magnifying glass to see these nearly invisible types of larvae, but you’ll definitely notice when chiggers or berry bugs bite you. These larvae can cause a lot of nuisance and trouble for you and your family if they have made a habitant in or around your house. If your house or the surrounding area (lawn, yard) has been infested by chiggers, you don’t need to panic because there are certain reliable methods that can help you deal with their wrath. But first, it is important to know more about this cruel micro bug.

What are Chiggers?

Chiggers particularly belong to genus Trombicula. Simply put, they are younger or rather parasitic mite larvae. Adult mites don’t infect human beings directly. On the other hand, chiggers mainly feed on human beings and other animals. Another aspect that makes chiggers so deadly is their almost microscopic size – they are about 150th part of an inch. This makes it nearly impossible to detect them on your body.

People get petrified if they come to know that an area is infested by them and there is a valid reason for the fear. They are so small that you can’t see them on your body, and they will only announce their presence with a vicious bite. Chigger bites are so itchy that it can make you cry with the extreme degree of irritation.

Methods to Get Rid of Chiggers in your House and Yard

Chiggers find open environment favorable for their growth. Your lawn and backyard can easily become their ideal habitats, and from there, they can easily move into your house. Following are some tips you can use to get rid of chiggers on your own.

Upkeep of your Lawn/Yard should be the First Course of Action

If you have been bitten by a chigger in your yard or lawn, this is a clear sign that the area has been infested by them. To get rid of chiggers, you need to get rid of tall grass and weeds in the area because all these extended shrubs provide an ideal hiding to these larvae.

If you have trees around, trim their extra branches because dense trees in your lawn can increase the humidity level that is suitable for the growth of chiggers. Freeing the outside of your house from extra shrubs and branches will allow more sunlight to penetrate through. Sunlight will help in increasing the temperature of the surroundings. Natural warm temperatures are not ideal for the growth or existence of help chiggers.

Natural Pesticide can be a Good Option

You can also use the help of natural pesticides to get rid of chiggers.

Diatomaceous Earth

For instance, sprinkling diatomaceous earth on your lawn can be of good help. It is a powder of sedimentary rocks made up of fossilized remains and can be used to get rid of many insects, including chiggers. When it comes into contact with chiggers, diatomaceous earth punctures their body and causes them to dehydrate, and eventually die.

Diatomaceous earth is a cheap, effective and more importantly nontoxic way to get rid of chiggers. You can get it easily from any establishment that deals insecticide products. At Solutions Pest & Lawn we carry powder which contain diatomaceous earth which can work greatly to kill off invading chiggers such as Alpine Dust Insecticide or J.T. Eaton Kills Bedbugs Powder.

Powdered Sulfur

You can also get rid of chiggers by using powdered sulfur in your lawn or yard. Spread powdered sulfur all over the area early in the morning before the sun gets too hot. It is necessary to water your lawn for a good time afterwards. Sulfur helps to get rid of chiggers by forcing them to remove their colonies from your yard.

Mixture of Canola Oil and Detergent

Canola oil when mixed with dishwasher detergent can become a good repellent for chiggers. Add a quarter cup of detergent and two tablespoons of canola oil in one gallon of water and spray the mixture all over your lawn. Since the mixture is toxic in nature, keep children and pets away from the treated area for a day or two.

If chiggers have made their way into your house, then there are two immediate things you need to do get rid of them.

Do an Extensive Vacuuming of the House

Chiggers can easily latch on to the carpets and upholstery of your furniture. Use a vacuum with variable suction options to get rid of chiggers from floor carpeting and furniture fabrics. Dispose the content of vacuum container in a sealed plastic bag and put it in a dumpster away from home.

Launder all the Clothing Items

Clothing in your house will also get infested by chiggers once they enter the house. Therefore wash them immediately with the hot water. Hot water will kill any chiggers attached to the clothing.  

Use Effective DIY Professional Pest Control Products

If you don’t get lucky with the above mentioned methods to get rid of chiggers, then it’s time to get a ‘chigger killer’ from a DIY pest control company like Solutions Pest & Lawn. Follow the instructions given on the product and use it accordingly. Since these products are generally toxic, extreme care is required while using them.

There are a numbers of products that we carry here at Solutions Pest & Lawn which target chiggers. We recommend either using an aerosol spray like Microcare Insecticide Aerosoor pesticides like Essentria IC3 Natural Pesticideand 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 mentioned above are also great when Chiggers find their 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.

  • Only treat those areas of your house with pesticides where you are sure of the presence of chiggers.

  • It usually requires more than one session of chigger control treatment to completely get rid of them.

  • Keep pets and children away from the treated areas until they have dried completely.

You can prevent the infestation of chiggers with regular maintenance of your yard and lawn. Conducting routine fumigation using quality pest controls can also help with chigger infestation.

 

 

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