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How To Control Red bugs
It’s bad enough that in the summertime you have to deal with an influx of mosquitoes, but there is another itchy biter that homeowners and gardeners can get driven nuts by called redbugs. These little red mites are so tiny they’re practically invisible, but you can definitely feel their presence due to the itchy and irritating bites they deliver.
If you want to enjoy your yard again, you’re going to want to implement a control program to get rid of those pesky red bugs. 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 red bugs from your yard for good.
Red bug Background Information
Red bugs (or red bugs) are also popularly known as chiggers. Red bugs aren’t actually insects, they’re mites from the Trombiculidae family. Red bugs are actually the immature larvae stage of the red harvest mite, which is harmless to humans and pets in their adult stage. Red bugs 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 red bug 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 mature red harvest mites, they mainly feed on plants and are harmless to humans.
Red bugs 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 redbugs eating skin cells which they dissolve with digestive enzymes. This feeding that the redbug does can result in violent and painful reactions from those who are allergic.
Red bugs 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, redbug larvae hang on the tops of vegetation, usually in moisture-heavy, shady areas.
Red bugs are found all over the world, but in the United States, red bugs are most common in the Southeast and Midwest parts of the country because of the humid weather and the thick vegetation conditions so it's 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 redbugs 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 Red bug Control
Red bugs 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 redbug 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 redbugs less places to hide during midday since they can’t tolerate much sunlight.
If you venturing into areas where red bug activity 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 red bugs from feeding on you.
Solutions Recommendations for Red bugs
There are a numbers of products that we carry that target red bugs. We recommend either using an aerosol spray like Microcare Insecticide Aerosol or pesticides like Essentria IC3 Natural Pesticide, Reclaim ITand Sylo Insecticide.
The best methods of redbug control starts with identifying where they are congregating. Usually red bugs 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 redbugs. Since these locations may be all over the property, redbug control is best done by treating everything and spot treating “hot spots” where redbugs frequent.
These products are also great when redbugs 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.
Browse our red bug control products below and then contact us for free advice on how to properly apply it around your home!