How to Remove Chiggers - Full Guide

removing chiggers

There’s nothing more annoying than a swarm of microscopic creatures known as chiggers. When they find their way onto you, it can lead to severe allergic reactions and costly doctors visits. That’s why these tiny guys are so scary! You see, chiggers are actually insects that feed on mammals. And while there are plenty of different species of these pesky little guys, they all have the same goal: to suck the moisture out of human skin. So in order to remove these pesky little guys, i will be going over what you need to do in this article. However, this isn’t always an easy task since we all tend to shrug off bugs and pest problems like crazy once they start happening.

But with a few easy tips, you can get rid of these pesky little critters all on your own! Read on for more information.

What Exactly Are Chiggers?

Chiggers are tiny blood-sucking insects that feed on humans. While there are plenty of different species of these pesky little guys, they all have the same goal: to suck the moisture out of human skin.

These insects tend to be noxious to humans during their reproductive season from May to July. They're most active then, and their craving for moisture may lead to a skin infection called psoriasis. Many people are unaware that they are even present in their home until it's too late.

Before you start to freak out, it’s important to understand the basics about chiggers so you can spot them and avoid harming yourself or your family.

What Do Chiggers Look Like?

These insects are very small and are usually not visible to the naked eye. They are so small that you will more than likely need a microscope to see them. This does not mean that they can't hurt you though. These pesky little critters will leave a reddish bump or rash on your skin after they bite you. 

How to Remove Chiggers from clothes?

  • To get rid of these annoying bugs from your clothes, use a mild soapy water solution (1 gallon of water to 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol) to clean your clothes.
  • You can also use a mild bleach solution if you want to be extra careful.
  • Both methods should be done several times for complete removal.
  • Once you’ve removed the chiggers from your clothes, wash them separately from other clothes to prevent from transferring the bugs to your other clothes.

How to Remove chiggers from your skin?

For the best results, read up the following tips to get rid of chiggers:

Chigger bites are irritating and can be painful, but they often resolve on their own. However, if you feel like your chigger bites are getting worse or you have any signs of infection, such as redness, swelling, or pus discharge from the bite site, see a doctor.

If you’re bitten by a chigger, you should take these steps:
  • Brush off your skin
  • When you are on the outside and you think you have been exposed to chiggers. You should brush off your clothes before you go indoors. Brushing your clothes off before going inside will help to prevent bites from these pesky insects.

  • Take a hot shower with soap after you come inside.
  • Knowing whether or not the area you have been roaming outside is infested with chiggers will let you know if you need to take a shower as soon as you get inside. This can help prevent any chiggers from attaching themselves to your skin. They do not usually bite right as they get onto your skin. They usually need to find the perfect spot on your body that is comfortable for them before they bite. 

How to Remove chiggers from your home?

There are many ways to remove chiggers from your home. With the right products, you can get rid of these pesky bugs in no time. The following are just some of the methods that you can use to remove chiggers from your home:

  • Chigger Traps: Chigger traps are easy to use and can be placed anywhere in your home where there is a high concentration of chiggers. The trap works by using two jars, one with water and the other with alcohol. The idea behind this trap is that when a chigger walks over the alcohol-soaked cotton ball, it will die instantly due to its anhydrobiosis (or water-shedding) ability.
  • Chigger Spray: This is another effective way of getting rid of chiggers in your home. You simply spray your house with this spray and they will die instantly (if they haven't already). This spray is available at most stores that sell pest control products, but make sure it's labeled for use against chiggers.
  • Wash your clothing in hot water or dry clean it before storing it away. This will kill any remaining chiggers and prevent them from returning later on when you wear those clothes again.
  • Vacuum regularly around baseboards, doorways and windowsills.
  • Clean up debris around your home's exterior such as fallen leaves and dead plants.
  • Store clothes in a properly Aerated closet to prevent moisture from developing a static cling.
  • Use a mild soapy water solution (1/4 cup water to 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol) to clean your clothes.
  • You can also use a mild bleach solution if you want to be extra careful. Both methods should be done several times for complete removal. Once you’ve removed the chiggers from your clothes, wash them separately from other clothes to prevent from transferring the bugs to your other clothes.

Some people also experience chigger bites when exposed to indoor mites or fleas. Although it’s less effective than using a bug spray, you can also try using a natural home treatment to get rid of indoor mites and fleas even though it is not recommended.

How to Remove chiggers from your yard?

If you have chiggers in your yard, there are several things you can do to eliminate them.

  • The first thing you need to do is thoroughly clean your yard. This will help reduce the number of chiggers in your yard so that they don't bite you as often.
  • Make sure that all leaves and debris have been removed from your yard. Also, make sure that there aren't any rocks or logs lying around that could harbor chigger eggs or larvae.
  • Last but not least, spray down your yard with a good fungicide/insecticide.
  • How to prevent chiggers?

    It is not hard to prevent chiggers. There are a few steps you can take to do just that.

    • Use of an insect repellent that includes DEET in its formula is effective on preventing chiggers.
    • Use products that have permethrin included in their formula.
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    • Where long sleeve pants and shirts.
    • Permethrin-treated socks are great for tucking your pant leg in.
    • Avoid tall, grassy areas. 
    • If you have to be outside, avoid brushing up against any plants.
    • After leaving the outdoors, take a shower to wash off any chiggers that might have clung to you while you were out. Wash all clothing that you wore while you were on the outside.

    What is permethrin?

    Permethrin is a medication and an insecticide. As a medication, it is used to treat scabies and lice. It is applied to the skin as a cream or lotion. As an insecticide, it can be sprayed onto clothing or mosquito nets to kill the insects that touch them.

    Permethrin is made from a chemical found in chrysanthemum flowers. It works by affecting the nervous system of insects that come in contact with it.

    Permethrin is used as an insecticide on agricultural crops, livestock, pets and even people who are at risk of mosquito bites. It is also used on industrial crops such as cotton, flaxseed and safflower seed to prevent damage from insects such as aphids or spider mites.

    What is deet?

     

    Deet is derived from the "lindane" chemical structure, which was first synthesized in 1948.  Its main use is as a mosquito or insect repellent. It can be used for many different pests such as fleas, ticks, mosquitoes and mites. It is commonly used in malaria prophylaxis, as an insecticide in agriculture and as a medical pesticide.

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    Conclusion

    Removing chiggers from your home, yard or clothes is not very hard to do. It is actually very easy once you know what you are doing. I hope this article has helped you in some way. If you hgave any questions, please feel free to contact me through the contact page. I usually respond within a couple minutes or hours.

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