There is a lot that can be said about chiggers. In fact, there are volumes written about these bugs. But when it comes right down to it, most people only have two questions. Today, we're going to look at these two questions, and ask a question of our own.
Question One: "What is a chigger?"
Most folks in Missouri know what a chigger is. When they ask the question, "What is a chigger?" it is more of a, "What do chiggers look like?" kind of question. And this is a fair question to ask since chigger larvae are only about 1/150th of an inch long and nearly invisible to the naked eye. Adult chiggers aren't much easier to see. They only get to about 1/20 to 1/64 of an inch. So, most people don't know much more about chiggers, than that they are tiny reddish, orange, yellow or straw-colored dots that are going to leave red welts on their skin.
Chiggers are actually mites. In their larval stage, they have six legs. But, as nymphs and adults, they are eight-legged bugs. You'll have to have a magnifying glass, though, to see the legs on a baby chigger.
You may be surprised to know that, when chiggers aren't eating you, they can be found munching on other things, like mosquito eggs. So, they aren't all bad. Mostly bad. But, not all bad.
It is also important to note that chiggers don't eat blood like ticks do. They feed on broken-down skin cells. That means these bugs aren't looking to live on you. They bite and leave.
Question Two: "Are chiggers dangerous?"
These are not medically important creatures. While it is definitely no fun to get a chigger bite, most people will only end up with a very itchy welt. These creatures don't burrow under the skin or spread disease.
Here is a question we have for you. "Do you know that Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions can help you fight chiggers in your yard?"
It's true. If you're tired of dealing with chiggers in your yard, there is a solution. Our technicians can perform a monthly exterior treatment to your basement walls, shaded areas, and foliage to reduce, or entirely eliminate, chiggers in your yard and on your home. These little biters can be controlled. They aren't a pest you "just have to deal with."
If these mites are "bugging" you, take your yard back! Get seasonal pest services, or year-round services, for the exterior of your home--and say goodbye to chiggers and other pests. Help is a call away.