Everything you need to know about chiggers In Your House
While infestation isn’t exactly a new problem, the number of people who are at risk of being bitten by an infected bug has grown over the last few decades. Fortunately, there are things you can do to avoid being bitten and to fight off any chiggers that might be present in your home. Introducing arachnids into homes can leave people feeling uncomfortable and vulnerable. These bugs are members of the tick family, which includes American wood-tick and brown-CTV ticks. Wood ticks prefer to feed on humans, but they’ll also bite other hosts if they feel threatened. Brown-CTV ticks prefer warm, humid places where they can nourish and grow large before biting again, this is especially true in houses and other buildings with poor air circulation. They’re found all over the world; some countries have more of them than others.
How Do Chiggers get Inside Your House?
The most likely scenario is that you or your pet unknowingly brought them inside on your clothes or fur. Once they’re in, they’ll start to look for a warm place to settle down and start their life cycle.
Another way for chiggers to get inside your house is through your basement door or windows. You may have seen them in your backyard, but if you have leaves blowing around near your house, it's possible that some of those leaves could blow inside if there's no screen on your basement door or window openers. These leaves could be carrying chiggers.
5 tips to remove chiggers from your home.
Getting rid of chiggers from your home can be very easy. Just follow the steps below to get rid of these tiny bugs.
- Use a bug spray that specifically lists chiggers or mites on the bottle. These types of spray are more effective at getting rid of chiggers.
- To prevent the spread of chiggers, it is important to wash all clothing in the house, even if you have not worn them recently.
- Thoroughly clean all floors throughout the house to ensure there are no chiggers present.
- In addition, wash all bedding to eliminate any chiggers that may be present.
- Vacuum your carpets regularly. This way, if you ever miss any chiggers on one day, the next time you will most likely get them.
Taking these precautions will help to prevent the spread of chiggers and keep your home free of these pests.
How Long Do Chiggers Live On The Human Body?
Chiggers usually live on the human body for a periods of 3 - 5 days. They usually get full and fall of after this short period. However, you might have a few chiggers that stay a little shorter periods or longer periods.
As soon as you feel a chigger bite, wash your skin with soap and water. You can also treat the bite with an over-the-counter antihistamine cream or lotion to reduce itching and swelling.
You should also take precautions when sitting on the ground or putting on socks or shoes after being outside, as this is when chiggers tend to crawl onto people's skin.
Can Chiggers Infest Your Home?
Chiggers are most commonly found outdoors in grassy or wooded areas. However, they have been known to infest homes when people bring them inside on their clothing or pets.
If you think that chiggers may be infesting your home, here are some things you should do:
Look for traces of the mite in your yard or garden. Chiggers leave behind a red-colored rash, which will turn into welts within hours of being bitten. If you find clusters of these welts, then there is a good chance that you have an infestation.
Scrape some dirt from the area where you found the welts and place it under a microscope to look for chigger eggs (nits).
What are nits?
Nits are small lice eggs. They are tan in color, oval shaped, and very easy to spot if you know what you're looking for. The common misconception is that nits are baby lice. However, adult lice lay eggs as well, so even if you kill the adult lice, the nits will hatch and produce baby lice. It's best to get rid of both at the same time.
There are a few different ways to get rid of them and most products require the use of a fine-toothed nit comb.
What Does A Chigger Look Like?
A chigger is a tiny red bug that lays in wait for someone to brush against them. They then attach themselves to the clothing or fur of anyone or pet that touches them. These pests will then find their way onto your body where they will bite you.
These pests are not like other pests that can live on your bed for extended periods of time. But to be on the safe side, always brush your clothes off before you go inside. You do not want these pesky little critters in your house at any time.
How To Get Rid Of Chiggers In Your Yard?
The best way to avoid chiggers is to avoid areas where they live. If you spend time outdoors, wear long pants and socks if possible. Wash your clothes as soon as possible after returning from the woods or other areas where chiggers are common.
What exactly attracts chiggers?
- Lots of leaves
- Densely planted gardens
- Lawns that are overgrown
- Any type of Ground cover
- Areas that have lots of weeds
You may also want to consider treating your yard for chiggers with a pesticide such as permethrin or carbaryl, which you can buy at most garden shops and nurseries.
Another good way to get rid of chiggers is to cut your lawn as low as possible. Chiggers like to have leaves and blades of grass to lay on, so if you cut your lawn low enough, they should leave.
How to Remove Chiggers
The best way to remove chiggers is to use an insecticide spray that contains permethrin. This will kill the chiggers on contact, but it may be necessary to spray several times over several days in order to kill all of them. It is important that you spray all areas where you might have been bitten by chiggers or where you have seen them crawling around on your skin. You should also spray in areas where you know that chiggers like to hide such as under rocks or other debris.
If you don't want to use insecticides, there are many natural products that can help get rid of chiggers naturally. Some people recommend using a mixture of three parts water with one part vinegar or rubbing alcohol applied directly to the chigger bites themselves. This method may work for some people, but it is not guaranteed because it depends on how sensitive your skin is when it comes into contact with these substances.
When Is Chigger Season?
Chigger season typically occurs during the late spring and early summer months. These pesky little creatures can ruin a perfectly good day outside, so it's important to be aware of when they are most active. These are the months these pests will make their way inside your home. To control these pests during these months, keep your lawn low and wear light colored clothing as much as possible.
Preventing Chiggers. How to?
To prevent chigger infestation, keep grass cut short, remove weeds and high grasses, and avoid walking in tall grasses and woodlands during peak chigger season.
If you have been outdoors where chiggers might be present, take a shower immediately when you return home. Remove your clothes before entering the house so they don't harbor any hitchhiking chiggers. Wash your clothes in hot water to kill any mites that may have gotten onto them while outside.
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Nobody wants to have chiggers in their homes. But it is always good to know that if they do make their way into your home, thre are certain steps you can take to get rid of them. I hope this article helped you in some way. If it did, please leave us a message.