Chiggers are insects that are a member of the mite family. They are also known as Red Bugs, Berry Bugs, Scrub-itch Mites, or Harvest Mites. Chiggers thrive in temperatures between 60 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit. They are common pests that are often found in the United States. Chiggers are a small insect; full-grown chiggers are about 3/16 of an inch. Infantile chiggers are red, have 6 legs, and are not visible to the naked eye unless they are in a large group. The Chigger larvae are ones that are a threat to humans. After Chiggers reach maturity, they grow two more legs to reach 8 legs in total and become yellow. Also, after Chiggers reach maturity, they no longer attach themselves and eat flesh, they only eat plants after maturity.
Chigger larvae are too small to see with the naked eye. Yet, many people still have problems with Chiggers. Contrary to popular belief, Chiggers do not bury themselves into your skin. Chiggers stick to your skin and inject enzymes into your skin dissolving it, then sucking out the juice. Chiggers bite people and your pets as a source of food.
How Chiggers Get to You?
Chiggers get attached to you when you walk through an infested area such as a yard. Often Chiggers attach to people and pets in clusters. So, if you have been bitten by one it is likely that you will be bitten by many more. Chiggers typically attach to your legs as you walk through yards or other infested areas.
Treating Chigger Bites
With Chigger bites, it is extremely important to begin treatment as soon as you know that you have Chiggers.
- It is very important that you do not touch the wound, no matter how much it itchy or painful it gets. Doing so will only make the situation worse and may cause a bacterial infection.
- A cool shower or cold press can help ease the feeling itching or pain.
- Take a quick bath with colloidal oatmeal to reduce infection risk.
The most effective way to get rid of Chiggers is to prevent them by taking care of your yard. But if you have a chigger infestation the best thing to do is to call the Chigger experts Quality Pest Control so we can eliminate them by creating an individualized plan for your specific situation.