The itch factor chiggers and what you can do about them now

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http://slugabug.com – Spend 5 minutes in an open field during any warm season of the year & you’re probably going to end up with at least a few chigger bites under your waistband or near your ...

http://slugabug.com – Spend 5 minutes in an open field during any warm season of the year & you’re probably going to end up with at least a few chigger bites under your waistband or near your ankles. Chiggers love damp areas with lot of vegetation, but they’ll be happy to live in your lawn, a golf course, or even a public park. Think you have chiggers in your yard? A professional pest control company like Slug-A-Bug can help. Slug-A-Bug technicians are experts in outdoor pest control.

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    The itch factor   chiggers and what you can do about them now The itch factor chiggers and what you can do about them now Presentation Transcript

    • Chiggers and What You Can Do About Them Now THE ITCH FACTOR
    • Spend 5 minutes in an open field during any warm season of the year & you’re probably going to end up with at least a few chigger bites under your waistband or near your ankles. Those red itchy welts may seem like the warm weather nuisance that you simply have to deal with, but this summer, you can keep chiggers out of your lawn. YOUR SPRING, SUMMER, AND FALL COMPANION
    • Scientifically called Trobiculidae, chiggers come from the mite family. The name “chigger” comes from the term “chergo,” and they can live almost anywhere. TROMBICULIDAE
    • THE MYTHS As with almost anything in nature, there are so many myths around chiggers. One of the most popular is that they actually burrow under your skin to feed on your blood. This is not the case. They feed on the fluids in your skin cells. They attach themselves to a follicle, feed, then disappear. Another fairly common myth is that they can actually infest the way bed bugs might. Chiggers are an outdoor insect. They can’t infest your home.
    • Some insects prefer a certain climate or habitat. Chiggers, though, are far less picky. They love damp areas with lot of vegetation, but they’ll be happy to live in your lawn, a golf course, or even a public park. THEIR HABITATS
    • Chiggers have a four stage life cycle – egg, larva, nymph adult. The larva feed on the skin cells of any animals. They form a hole, chew up parts of the inner skin, then detach. From there, they mature into nymphs, then adults. The adults are actually harmless to humans. They feed only on plant materials. Chiggers have 8 legs as adults. Females can lay up to eight eggs at a time, and they leave them by the root of a plant. CHIGGERS 101
    • While most chigger bites are completely harmless, they can become infected, so it’s important to deal with them right away. Keep it as clean as possible, and if you can, avoid scratching it. An over- the-counter topical anti-itch cream can be applied to help. You may also want to take an antihistamine for additional relief. If you think your bite has become infected, see a medical professional immediately. DEALING WITH THE BITES
    • Think your yard is infested? You’re probably right. A professional pest control company can help, but there are also a number of steps you can take. First, be sure to cut your lawn to the shortest recommended height. Second, remove any weeds or debris from your property. Third, standing water can attract chiggers and a whole other host of creatures, so eliminate it wherever possible. Finally, create stone walkways through your property to eliminate other problems. ELIMINATING CHIGGERS
    • The largest independently owned pest control company in Brevard County, we offer cutting edge solutions to help you deal with any of these pest problems. Contact us for more information. PEST CONTROL EXPERTS