If you've ever been bitten by Chiggers, you never want to be bite again. If you've never had them, be thankful. In either case, you'll want to learn how to get rid of chiggers, and how to prevent them in the future.
Chiggers gift you with some of the most irritating, burning, and itching bug bites you will ever receive, an unfortunately often in some of the worst places!
In order to learn how to get rid of Chiggers, you'll need to first understand a little bit about them, and what they are.
Here is a quick summary:
Chiggers are very prevalent in the Southern United States, and in warm areas around the world. They prefer tall grass and woods, with some sun, but not direct sunlight, and prefer damp areas with high humidity.
Chigger Bites generally take 1-3 days to appear, after the Chigger drops off. Once they appear, the generally swell and become inflamed quickly. The combination of torn skin, the Chigger enzyme, and the allergic reaction the body has can cause severe itching.
Generally, multiple Chiggers jump onto a host at one time, and those Chiggers can often "bite" in multiple locations. The end result is often many different bites, all close together. In severe cases, it can be hundreds of bites in multiple locations.
Chigger bites are well known for being some of the most uncomfortable and painful insect bites you can get. Bites can last for up to 2 weeks as well.
The best way to get rid of chiggers is to prevent getting them in the first place. By the time you realize you've had Chiggers on you, you've already been bitten and the Chiggers are long gone.
There are treatment options for your lawn, but many people get attacked by Chiggers while out hiking, participating in sports events, berry picking, or even just casually walking in the park. Most residential lawns get too much sun exposure and short grass to have Chiggers.
If Chiggers are in your own personal lawn, there are treatment options you should consider. For other locations, getting rid of Chiggers really isn't an option, so prevention is your best bet, as we discuss prevention more below.
If you have been exposed to Chiggers, or even think you have, do the following immediately:
If bites appear over the next 1-3 days, treat them immediately with either ChiggerX or ChiggAway, which are anti-itch products specifically designed for Chigger Bites. See our Chigger Bites Treatment Guide for more information.
When it comes to Chiggers, prevention is key. Once you've been bitten by Chiggers, you'll never want to be bitten again.
Fortunately, learning how to prevent Chiggers is pretty easy. Before going outside, and into a potentially Chigger infested area, do the following:
When you return indoors, immediately remove all clothing, wash it with soap in the washer, and immediately take a hot shower with soap to kill any Chiggers that might have gotten on your skin.
Chiggers nor Chigger Bites generally don't produce any long-term complications, and Chiggers are not known to carry any disease.
The only problem or risk that can occur, is that due to the extreme itching of the bites, intense scratching can lead to skin breaks, and bleeding. These wounds may become infected, and those infections can become very serious, if not life-threatening.
If your Chigger bites do not heal up within 1-2 weeks, or begin oozing white pus, or show signs of getting worse, and not better, immediately seek out a doctor.