Among the more maddening pests that can drive you up the wall are chiggers. Also called berry bugs or red bugs, these nearly microscopic bugs show up in brush and grass all across the country.
Once chiggers enter into your yard, they can easily make enjoying your lawn an impossibility. Red bug bites not only cause an intense itching sensation but also can burrow under your skin, leaving behind larvae that will continue to feed off their host.
However, there are steps you can take now to deter chiggers. Continue reading to learn how to get rid of chiggers.
Since they are so small, identifying chiggers by sight is extremely difficult. One of the easiest—and most painful—is to look at their bites.
Once a chigger bites you, they will latch onto your skin for a few days and then fall off. This will leave behind bright pink bumps. These bumps may disappear on their own in a few days.
Another way to identify chiggers is to place a low bowl of water outside and wait an hour. If there are red or yellow dots around the rim, you have chiggers on your hands. You may need a magnifying glass to see them though.
Temporary chigger treatments include:
- Scrub the affected area on your skin with soapy water.
- Apply calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream to itchy areas.
- Seek medical attention, especially if you are having a severe reaction.
There is a permanent chigger treatment available, and that is through ChemTec’s lawn care services. At ChemTec Pest Control, our technicians are trained on how to inspect for potential chigger breeding sites and can give you an individualized plan of action on how to remove them from your property.
Contact us today, and see the difference we can make for you and your home!