To even see chiggers—which are about 1/150 inches in length—you need a magnifying glass. The six-legged larvae with hairy bodies are normally red or orange in color, but after feeding on their host, they change to a yellowish color.
The NYC DOH suggests placing a piece of black cardboard upright in a section of your lawn. If you have chiggers in your immediate area, they’ll flock to the cardboard, and you’ll see them as tiny pink dots moving across the cardboard. In that case, you can determine the best extermination method with a licensed pest control operator.
If you’re a fan of things that creep and crawl, you may find chiggers to be really cool. If not, a close-up picture of a chigger may remind you of something out of a horror movie.
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And of course, don’t make yourself an easy target for a hungry chigger. Wear long sleeves and long pants, with your pant legs tucked into long socks. Once you come inside, take a shower to wash off any chiggers that may have hitched a ride.
One common bite offender during the summer months: chiggers. Commonly known as “red bugs,” according to the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOH), chiggers are actually the parasitic larvae of mites.
Using hot water, wash your clothes and any blankets or towels that touched the ground to kill any bugs that are still hanging on.
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This is a pretty common recommendation for bug bites: Do not scratch them. Fortunately, chigger bites don’t pose a huge health risk. The main concern is simply getting the inflammation and itching under control.
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Fortunately, there are a few easy ways to lessen your chances of getting bitten by chiggers. The first step is to determine whether your immediate yard (if you have a yard) is home to the bugs.
Chiggers are no more than 0.3 millimeters long, but zoom in and you’ll see that they’re hairy and red. (And turn yellow once they’re full.) Once chiggers become adults, they have eight legs, but the young ones that bite you only have six. And while chiggers do have mouth parts that can pierce your skin, these pinchers are short and not very strong. That’s why chiggers bite soft parts of your skin that fold or wrinkle.