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How to get rid of chiggers

The smallest of creatures can cause become the biggest nuisance. Chiggers thrive in moist, wooded areas - and once you\'ve been bitten, you know you don\'t want it to happen again. Do you know how to get rid of chiggers when they\'re around your property, or once they\'ve taken a bite out of your skin? Chiggers can be nasty little bugs, and their tiny size makes them hard to see. Because chiggers like to "hang out" in shady, weedy areas, keep your lawn and landscaping well-trimmed and neat. Eliminate standing water by ensuring every area of your property has proper drainage.

Treatment and prevention - How to get rid of chiggers

Sulfur powders

Sulfur powders available at your local drug store work well as a chigger repellant. Apply in and on your clothing and shoes before heading out. A powder puff makes application much easier.

Protective clothing

The most protective clothing you can wear is tight-knit, loosely fitting garments that leave no exposed skin for a chigger to latch onto. Wear your shirt and socks over your pants along with shoes that do not have open ventilation holes. Bathe and wash all of your clothes on the hottest setting with detergent immediately upon returning.

Control - How to get rid of chiggers

# Use DEET to keep chiggers away

Though you should use DEET sparingly, it is one of the few repellents that is proven to disuade chiggers from making you their new host. Remember to spray it around those areas that are most exposed.

# Wear protective clothing to prevent chigger and red bug bites

Citronella oil based products


Citronella oil is derived from citronella grass. It is used in perfumes, soaps, and insect repelling sprays, candles and tiki torches. These are marketed mainly as mosquito repellents but also repel chiggers.

Chiggers tend to find places near clothing or joints where they can avoide being brushed away before their meal (you) is done. Wearing tight cuffs and tucking your pants into your socks when you\'re walking through wooded or chigger infested areas should reduce the risk of a chigger attack.

Some other tips - How to get rid of chiggers

# Avoid exposure to dry tall grass and thick, unshaded vegetation as they are natural habitats of chiggers

# Take a hot bath after returning from a chigger prone area. Also use hot water and detergent for washing clothes.

# Use deodorant soap on your skin and allow it to dry. Do not rinse. This is known to prevent chiggers.

# Use insect repellents that contain DEET (Diethyl-m-toluamide). It is easily available in the market and can be applied to your clothes. It is considered effective in keeping away chiggers.

Chigger bites

Chigger bites are insanely itchy and swell into raised red welts that can last for a couple of weeks before subsiding. As difficult as it may be, resist scratching these bites - they can become infected. Instead, apply something that will limit their exposure to air. Several possibilities that people have reported success with are:

* Clear nail polish
* Green tea extract
* Calamine lotion
* Hydrocortisone cream

 
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