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"The wonderful thing about chiggers; are chiggers wonderful things!" Hold on a second. That doesn't sound right. Chiggers aren't bouncy, trouncy, flouncy, pouncy, or fun, fun, fun, fun, fun! In fact, nothing will ruin the "fun" you'll have making your backyard vegetation beautiful, like chiggers.

Are you planning to spend time in your backyard this spring and summer? Do you have a garden to attend to or flower beds that will need some weeds yanked out? Is your yard a place where your pets play and roll around? There are many things that bring us out onto our grass and give opportunities for chiggers to get on us and into our houses. But, don't worry, here's everything you need to know about chiggers--and most importantly--how to get rid of them.

  • Chiggers are the larvae of mites.

  • Chiggers only live about 2 months.

  • These creatures are usually only about 1/20 - 1/64 of an inch long.

  • They can be orange, yellow, or bright red.

  • The bites from these creatures are itchy and often leave a rash.

  • Chiggers live on both animals and humans.

  • Chiggers do not feed on blood; they feed on broken-down skin cells.

  • Adult mites overwinter deep in the soil and emerge in spring to lay their eggs.

  • When eggs hatch, the chiggers hide in grass and on vegetation for a host to attach to.

  • Once larvae have fed for several days they fall to the ground and develop into nymphs and then mature into adults.

  • Wild animals are most likely the reason you have mites in your yard. Building a fence can reduce wild animals and keep them from bringing these parasites in.

  • If a fence is impractical or you want to have extra protection, the professionals here at Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions has a treatment that will kill chiggers and mites in your yard.

If you've been dealing with chiggers for years, you probably have a whole bunch of rules in place to prevent itchy chigger bites. Don't sit on the ground. Don't sit on rock walls. Don't sit on any decaying wooden benches. Stay away from tall weeds or grass. Don't work in berry patches or gardens without long sleeves, pants, and gloves. You may even avoid going out into your yard at all. But with the help of our lawn and chigger treatments, you can take your yard back.

Here at Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions, we can help you control pests in your lawn, including chiggers. Our pest specialists draw from the latest advancements in pest technologies to kill fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and chiggers so that your backyard is a safer place to be.

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