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How To Control Red bugsA red bug is very tiny but it's bites can be very annoying

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 redbugs) 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 IT and 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!

 

 


Learn More About Red Bugs

 
If you have ever been taking a hike outdoors or been enjoying the outdoors in the spring, summer or fall, you may have ended the day with the itchy red bites of a mysterious bug around your ankles or arms. This is usually the work of bloodthirsty red bugs.

 
Red bugs are the larvae phase of mites belonging to the suborder prostigmata, commonly called clover mites or chiggers. Similar to ticks and spiders, red bugs go through a complete metamorphasis meaning they start out as eggs, hatch into larvae, develop into nymphs and finally reach adulthood. Nymph and adult red bugs feed mostly on plant life and don't target humans or other animals. However, in the larval stage, red bugs are parasites with an insatiable appetite. After a parasitic red bug hatches from an egg, they go and try to find a piece of tall grass or other vegetation to stand on and wait for a passing animal or human to hop onto like a flea. The red bug will bite and bite until it gets enough protein for it to develop further into the nymph stage.


Red bugs are not like tikes where they burrow under your skin,  nor do they feed on animal blood. They actually feed on the fluids found in skin cells. To obtain the fluids for their diet, red bugs attach themselves to a skin pore or hair follicle and injects a digestive enzyme that breaks up the cells. This enzyme also hardens the surrounding skin tissue, making it serve as a straw for the red bug to easily suck out the protein-rich fluids in the skin cell.
 
 
The entire feeding process is irritable to the skin and results in an itchy red bump that continues to cause discomfort for several days. Red bugs are extermely tiny, reaching only about 1/50th of an inch (0.5 mm) in diameter making them too small to be seen with the naked eye. This makes them essentially invisible, frustrating people and making people erroneously believe the red bugs have drilled into the skin and are living in the body.

 

Red bugs can be encountered in a number of different scenarios and setting but they are generally found in damp areas with a lots of greenery.. Red bugs have an affinity to attacing themselves in moist areas on the hosts they choose, so they tend to attach to skin under tight clothing, such as socks and underwear, or in concealed areas of the body, such as the groin and the armpits. This could be mightily uncomfortable for a red bug victim.
 
 
One way to decrease the chance of red bug bites is to wear loose clothing when you're in the woods or other infested areas. We also highly advise that you people to shower as soon as you get home from being outside, to wash off any red bugs before they attach to your skin.

 

In the US, red bugs luckily don't spread any diseases to humans, but the bites which red bugs leave behind can get infected. We recommennd keeping the bitten area clean and to restrain yourself as much as possible from scratching. In other parts of the world, red bugs can cause a more serious problem. For instance, In some areas of Asia­, certain species of red bugs carry the disease scrub typhus.

How To Treat a Red Bug Bite

One interesting way to treat a red bug bite is via applying nail polish to reduce itchiness. This does not eliminate the bite irritation but it merely seals the area off from the air, which keeps the sore from itching so much. For itch relief, you can use a medical cream which contains antihistamines (Caladryl or hydrocortisonefor example).
 
Similar to nail polish, these treatments will seal the bite from the surrounding air, but they will also help to prevent infection. If the red bug bite marks continue to bother and persist for more than a couple of weeks, chances are they are infected and you would need to see a doctor for further help.
 

Please shop the products above to eliminate or prevent a red bug outbreak on your property!
If you have ever been out in the woods or an open field in spring, summer or fall, you may have gotten chiggers around your waistband or on your ankles. They leave red, itchy bumps on your skin.

 

Chiggers are the larvae of mites belonging to the suborder prostigmata, commonly called harvest mites or scrub mites. Like ticks and spiders, mites go through three biological stages in their life cycle: They begin as eggs, hatch as larvae, develop into nymphs and finally become adults. Nymph and adult harvest mites feed mostly on plant life and don't bother people or other mammals, but in the larval stage, many of the species in the prostigmata suborder are parasitic. After a parasitic chigger hatches, it finds a good position on tall grass or other vegetation so it can spring onto a passing animal. When it finds an animal, it attaches to the animal to gather the protein it needs to grow into the nymph stage. ­ ­

 

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Chiggers do not burrow under your skin, as many people believe, nor do they feed on animal blood. They actually feed on the fluids in skin cells. To get the fluids, they attach themselves to a skin pore or hair follicle and inject a digestive enzyme that ruptures the cells. The enzyme also hardens the surrounding skin tissue, forming a sort of straw for sucking the skin cell fluids. The whole process irritates the skin, causing an itchy red bump that continues to cause discomfort for several days. Chiggers are only about 1/50th of an inch (0.5 mm) in diameter and so are too small to be seen with the naked eye. This invisibility is the reason so many people believe chiggers burrow under the skin.

 

You might encounter chiggers in any number of environments, but they are especially concentrated in damp areas with a lot of vegetation. They are attracted to concealed, moist conditions on hosts, too, so they tend to attach to skin under tight clothing, such as socks and underwear, or in concealed areas of the body, such as the groin and the armpits. One way to decrease the chance of chigger bites is to wear loose clothing when you're in the woods or other infested areas. You should also take a shower as soon as you get home from an outdoor expedition, to remove any chiggers before they attach to your skin.

 

In North America, chiggers don't spread any diseases to humans, but chigger bites can get infected. You should keep the irritated area clean and refrain as much as possible from scratching. In other parts of the world, chiggers may pose a more serious threat. In some areas of Asia­, for example, certain chigger species carry the disease scrub typhus. If you spend a lot of time outdoors, check an insect and spider field guide to find out what sort of chiggers are in your area.

 

One commonly known remedy for chigger bites is to apply nail polish to reduce itchiness. This does not kill the chigger or treat the bite in any way. It simply seals the area off from the air, which keeps the sore from itching so badly. If you want to apply something to relieve itching, it's much better to use a salve or cream that contains antihistamines (Caladryl or hydrocortisone salves are the most common). Like nail polish, these treatments will seal the bite from the surrounding air, but they will also help to prevent infection. If the welts continue to irritate you for more than a couple of weeks, they might be infected and you should see a doctor.

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