How to prevent Chiggers and Bites

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How to Avoid Chigger Bites

Three Parts: Avoiding Areas with Chiggers * Keeping Chiggers Off Your Body *Keeping a Chigger-Free Yard

Chiggers, or red bugs, are not insects, but rather the larva of mites. Chiggers can be found in outdoor areas similar to those inhabited by ticks. Unlike tick bites, chigger bites are unlikely to carry a disease. They are, however, itchy and long lasting.  You can avoid chigger bites by taking certain precautions when spending time outdoors. Chiggers are usually too small to be seen with the naked eye, so getting to know the habitat and behaviors of chiggers is the best way to avoid their bites.

Part 1

Avoiding Areas with Chiggers

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    Avoid spots where chiggers are commonly found. In the United States, chiggers are most common in the humidity of the Southeast and the Midwest. Chiggers thrive on warmth and moisture. Avoid walking through brush, tall grass…

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