How to Get Chiggers: What You Need to Know to Stay Safe

Chigger bites are a common nuisance for campers and hikers. These tiny mites can attach to your skin and cause itchy, red bumps. While chigger bites are not usually serious, they can be uncomfortable and make it difficult to enjoy your outdoor activities.

What Are Chiggers?

Chiggers are the larval stage of a type of mite called Trombicula. They are very small, measuring about 1/150th of an inch in diameter. Chiggers are red or orange in color and have six legs.

How Do Chiggers Bite?

When a chigger bites, it attaches itself to the skin and inserts its mouthparts into the skin. The chigger then injects digestive enzymes into the skin, which liquefy the skin cells. The chigger then feeds on the liquefied cells.

What Are the Symptoms of Chigger Bites?

The symptoms of chigger bites typically appear within 24-48 hours of being bitten. The most common symptom is itching. The itching can be severe and may last for several days. Chigger bites can also cause red, raised bumps on the skin. The bumps may be surrounded by a red halo.

Symptom Description
Itching The most common symptom of chigger bites is itching. The itching can be severe and may last for several days.
Red, raised bumps Chigger bites can also cause red, raised bumps on the skin. The bumps may be surrounded by a red halo.
Rash In some cases, chigger bites can cause a rash. The rash may be red, itchy, and bumpy.
Fever In rare cases, chigger bites can cause a fever.

Where to Find Chiggers

Chiggers will usually be found in grassy areas, areas that have weeds, and somne other areas. They are most common in moist, humid areas, such as forests, meadows, and around lakes and rivers.

When Chiggers Are Most Active

Chiggers are most active during the warm summer months. They typically become less active in the fall and winter, but they can still be found in some areas year-round.

How to Protect Yourself from Chigger Bites

The best way to protect yourself from chigger bites is to avoid areas where they are common. If you must be in an area where chiggers are present, take the following precautions:

Tip Description
Avoid areas where chiggers are common Chiggers are most commonly found in tall grass, weeds, and other low-growing vegetation. They are also more common in moist, humid areas.
Wear long pants, long sleeves, and socks This will help to prevent chiggers from attaching to your skin.
Use a chigger repellent Look for a repellent that contains DEET or picaridin. Apply the repellent to all exposed skin, including your face, neck, and ears.
Take a shower or bath as soon as possible after being outdoors This will help to remove any chiggers that may have attached to your skin.

How to Treat Chigger Bites

If you do get a chigger bite, there are a few things you can do to relieve the itching and discomfort:

Tip Description
Wash the bite with soap and water This will help to remove any dirt or debris from the bite.
Apply a cold compress to the bite This will help to reduce swelling and itching.
Use a topical over-the-counter anti-itch cream or ointment This will help to relieve the itching and discomfort.


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If you have a severe reaction to chigger bites, such as a rash that covers a large area of your body or fever, see a doctor.

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