With the summer months quickly approaching, now is the time to discover how to get rid of chiggers. Closely related to ticks, chiggers are the larvae of one type of mite. They are known for the itching their bites produce on human skin.
By themselves, chiggers are almost invisible. But when they cluster together on your skin, they appear as a bright red bump. They tend to congregate in patches and are usually found in shady, grassy places. Here are a few ways to get rid of chiggers and defend against their annoying bites.
- Protective clothing
- Insect repellant
- Lawn and garden equipment
- Warm, soapy water
- Dry towel or cloth
- Hydrocortisone cream
- Antihistamine or allergy medicine
- Topical antiseptic
Plan Of Attack
- Protective clothing. Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, high socks, and high-topped shoes or boots in chigger-infested areas. To get rid of the chiggers on your clothes, wash them as soon as you get home from outdoors.
- Insect repellant. Insect repellant, such as mosquito repellant, will also repel those annoying little arachnids called chiggers. Spray the repellant on your exposed skin and on the edge of your clothing. Since it can lose its potency after a while, reapply the repellant often.
- Lawn maintenance. Mow the lawn, remove the weeds, and clear brush on a regular basis–and especially before outdoor activities like barbecues and picnics. Chiggers are less likely to thrive in a clean, well-groomed yard.
- Warm, soapy baths. Soap and warm water are effective in removing and killing the chiggers on your body. Take a warm, soapy bath before you feel the first itch. Avoid using household products like alcohol or gasoline to get rid of chiggers. Warm, soapy water works gets the job done and even removes chiggers that are already attached and feeding.
- Light rubbing. In a pinch, treat chiggers by removing them before they can harm you. Light rubbing with a dry towel is effective for removing chiggers.
- Creams and medications. Chiggers already got you? Time is the best cure, but hydrocortisone creams can help. Calamine lotion is a good topical treatment. And antihistamines or allergy medicines can also help.
- Topical antiseptic. Avoid scratching your skin. Scratching can cause a secondary infection that is worse than the original bite. If you absolutely must scratch, disinfect your skin with a topical antiseptic such as hydrogen peroxide.
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