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Chiggers are the juvenile (or larval) form of a specific family of mites, the Trombiculidae.
Chigger mites are unique among the many mite families in that only the larval stage feeds on vertebrate animals; chiggers dine on us only in their childhood, and later become vegetarians that live on the soil.
Chiggers are small enough to penetrate the meshes of your clothing, but they usually stay on the surface of your clothes until they come to an easy opening such as your cuffs, collar or waistband.
mdc.mo.gov /nathis/arthopo/chiggers   (2408 words)

 Chiggers, HYG-2100-98
Tiny six-legged chigger larvae attack campers, picnickers, hikers, bird watchers, berry pickers, fishermen, soldiers, and homeowners in low, damp areas where vegetation is rank such as woodlands, berry patches, orchards, along lakes and streams, and even in drier places where vegetation is low such as lawns, golf courses, and parks.
Chiggers do not burrow into the skin, but insert their mouthparts in a skin pore or hair follicle.
Chiggers are usually encountered in late spring and summer in areas where weeds and briars have overgrown.
ohioline.osu.edu /hyg-fact/2000/2100.html   (1338 words)

 Chiggers   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
The term "chigger" is a common name used to describe the larval stage of a certain group of mites.
Chiggers are active from spring to late fall but are most numerous in early summer when weeds, grass and other vegetative undergrowth are at their heaviest.
Chiggers are closely related to ticks and spiders and pass through the same four stages of development: the egg, larva, nymph, and adult.
www.ipm.iastate.edu /ipm/hortnews/1996/7-12-1996/chiggers.html   (467 words)

 Chiggers, Mites and Red Bugs in Beaufort, Hilton Head
The chigger is actually a near microscopic mite and is a relative of the spider family.
When walking through areas where chiggers are present, the chigger crawls onto the victim when he or she brushes against whatever the chigger is on.
The "larva" chigger is the one that attacks humans and is characterized by having 6 legs.
beaufortusa.com /chigger.htm   (695 words)

 Chiggers   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
Chiggers are mites (also known as red bugs) that are parasites in the larval stage on humans and other animals.
The longer a chigger is attached, the larger the welt and greater the itching.
Although it is generally impractical to control chiggers outdoors, brush removal, close-cutting lawns, trimming vegetation and eliminating unnecessary shade or mulch that permit sunlight and air to circulate may lower mite populations.
pherec.org /entguides/EntGuide6.html   (969 words)

 Hiking Long Island - Chiggers
Chiggers are born red; they do not become red from feeding on blood, as some believe.
The unlucky chigger that depends on a human for its once-in-a-lifetime dinner is almost sure to be accidentally brushed away or scratched off by the victim long before the meal is complete.
Chiggers tend to congregate in patches, while nearby spots of apparently the same suitable living space is free of them.
www.hike-li.com /chiggers.htm   (3039 words)

 Chiggers   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
Common chiggers are also known as “jiggers” and “redbugs.”  They attack campers, picnickers, hikers, bird watchers, berry pickers, fishermen, hunters and of course homesteaders.
Chiggers are active from spring to late fall but are most numerous in early summer when weeds, grasses and undergrowth are the heaviest.
Chiggers tend to concentrate in "mite islands" while nearby spots are free of them.
www.minifarmhomestead.com /Critters/chiggers.htm   (1475 words)

 Chiggers | Iowa Insect Information Notes
The term chigger is a common name used to describe the larval stage of mites that are parasitic on warm-blooded animals, including people.
Chiggers are active from spring to late fall but are most numerous in early summer.
Adult chiggers become active in early spring and the females deposit eggs in grassy or weedy areas.
www.ipm.iastate.edu /ipm/iiin/chigger.html   (509 words)

Chiggers (Figure 1) or "red bugs" are the larvae of mites belonging to the family Trombiculidae.
Chiggers prefer to attach on parts of the body where clothing fits tightly or where the flesh is thin, tender, or wrinkled.
Chigger infestations may be eliminated by clearing brush from the area or closely mowing the area.
edis.ifas.ufl.edu /IG085   (1233 words)

 Chiggers (008-96)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
Chiggers are the larvae of the harvest mite, Trombicula alfreddugesi.
Contrary to popular belief, chiggers do not burrow into the skin, but pierce the skin, (often around a hair follicle) and inject a fluid that prevents blood from clotting.The fluid causes tissues to be inflamed; each bite has a characteristic red welt with a white, hard central area.
The tiny red chigger in the center of the itching bump is effectively camouflaged by the inflamed tissues.
lancaster.unl.edu /enviro/pest/factsheets/008-96.htm   (863 words)

 Chiggers, Red Bugs, Chigger Elimination, Biology, Myths
A chigger or red bug is an immature stage (larvae) of the harvest mite.
The chigger has a mouthpart similar to that of a tick and uses this mouthpart for feeding.
A chigger is too tiny to see with the naked eye but a group of them can be visible when they congregate on our ankles, waist or other body area.
www.pestproducts.com /chiggers.htm   (616 words)

 How to Avoid Chiggers - Gamecalls.net Outdoor News
Chiggers are the larvae of mites belonging to the suborder prostigmata, commonly called harvest mites or scrub mites.
Chiggers are only about 1/50th of an inch (0.5 mm) in diameter and so are almost too small to be seen with the naked eye.
Chiggers are different from both spider and clover mites in that they like to feed on flesh.
www.gamecalls.net /howtoavoidchiggers.html   (1640 words)

 Urban IPM: Bugs: Chiggers
Chiggers are the parasitic larvae of the harvest mite, Trombicula alfreddugesi. 
Chiggers occur in brush and tall grassy areas, especially where small rodents are abundant.  Females lay eggs on the ground in groups of up to 400, picking damp but well drained sites.  They may be particularly abundant near stream banks, under trees, orchards, or berry thickets.
After feeding, the chigger drops from its host, goes into the ground and enters a dormant stage.  In the fall of the year, it becomes a bright red adult that overwinters.
ag.arizona.edu /urbanipm/insects/chiggers.html   (338 words)

 Chiggers- L-1223
Common chiggers, also known as “jiggers” and “redbugs,” are tiny pests which belie their size in the amount of torment they cause humans.
Destroying the chigger usually does not stop the itching completely because the itching is caused by tissue reaction to the fluid injected by the chigger.
Chiggers sometimes become a problem in home lawns, particularly those with Bermuda grass, and chemical control may be desirable.
insects.tamu.edu /extension/bulletins/L-1223.html   (1072 words)

 chiggers   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
Chiggers are the larvae (not yet mature) of itch or harvest mites.
Their anticoagulant saliva is very irritating to the skin, creating extrememly itchy red bumps, classically on the lower legs or somewhat higher in the panty area.
The treatment of chigger dermatitis is "symptomatic," meaning treat the itch - the mites go away on their own (washed off in the bath).
www.drhull.com /EncyMaster/C/chiggers.html   (244 words)

 Redbugs (Chiggers)
Chiggers are commonly known as red bugs because of their bright color.
On humans, chiggers tend to accumulate in areas where clothing is tight, such as a belt at the waist or socks around the ankle.
Chiggers found in the United States are not known to transmit any diseases to humans, although some species in Asia and countries in the Pacific do carry a disease called scrub typhus.
hgic.clemson.edu /factsheets/HGIC2506.htm   (790 words)

 How to get rid of chiggers
Chiggers live primarily in wooded areas where it's damp and shady, but come out to feed in tall grasses and places where they can hitch a ride on a passing host.
Chiggers tend to find places near clothing or joints where they can avoide being brushed away before their meal (you) is done.
Chigger insecticides are usually sprayed around the yard once or twice during the spring, and perhaps another treatment in the fall when adult chiggers begin to find shelter and nest.
www.getridofthings.com /getridofchiggers.htm   (681 words)

 Chiggers, MU Extension
A chigger is the parasitic larval stage of a common mite in the genus Trombicula.
In general, chiggers are more common in damp areas with low-growing shrubs, tall grass, weeds, etc. Within favorable habitats, the distribution of chiggers is usually patchy.
Chiggers quickly die if they are dislodged from the host, but the irritation and resulting itch from the bite will continue until the body neutralizes the saliva, dissolves the stylostome and repairs the tissue damage.
muextension.missouri.edu /explore/agguides/pests/g07398.htm   (993 words)

Chiggers are the parasitic larvae of several species of velvet mites.
The chigger larvae climb up on grass and vegetation or rocks and attach themselves to anything passing by.
Chiggers have no effectual natural enemies, so we are stuck with them.
www.suite101.com /article.cfm/garden_pests/12214   (613 words)

Chiggers are tiny mites that live in areas with grass or brush.
Chiggers, also known as red bugs or harvest mites, usually cannot be seen without a magnifying glass.
Chiggers attach to skin pores and feed on skin cells for a few days, most often in the warm creases of the body.
www.webmd.com /hw/health_guide_atoz/not40465.asp?navbar=hw95886   (170 words)

 Harvest mite - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Harvest mites (genus Trombicula; also known as red bugs, trombiculid mites, scrub-itch mites, berry bugs or, in their larval stage, as chiggers) are mites in the family Trombiculidae that live in forests and grasslands.
Although the harvest mite chigger usually does not carry diseases in North American temperate climates, the mites are considered a dangerous pest in East Asia and the South Pacific because they often carry scrub typhus, which is known alternatively as the Japanese river disease, scrub disease, or tsutsugamushi.
The most effective way of removing chiggers is by taking a hot shower and washing the affected areas with mildly hot water and soap, as soon as possible after exposure or possible exposure (an Epsom salt bath may help alleviate pruritus).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Harvest_mite   (1200 words)

 Got Chiggers? It Figures!
Chigger larvae also push against opposing flesh, which helps explain why bites tend to occur more frequently in the underarms, between the thighs, at the backs of knees and in elbow crooks.
Some swelling may slightly envelop a chigger, but the chigger remains on the outside, and all it takes is a slight scratching to remove it.
Chigger larvae tend to occur in clumps, what you might call "mite islands." One spot in a field may be full of chiggers, but a similar spot nearby may not have any.
www.mdc.mo.gov /conmag/2000/06/50.htm   (1853 words)

 Chiggers   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
Chiggers occur most frequently in berry patches, orchards, woodlands, pine straw, and along lake and stream margins.
No diseases are transmitted by chiggers in the United States.
Chiggers pass through four developmental stages: egg, larva, nymph, and adult.
ipm.ncsu.edu /AG369/notes/chiggers.html   (351 words)

 Control of Scabies and Chiggers on Humans
Chiggers are unique among mites affecting humans and animals in that the immature stage (the larva) is the only parasitic stage.
Chigger larvae do not burrow into the skin, nor do they feed primarily on blood.
The chiggers may be concentrated in a small area, making treatment easy, less expensive, and safer to pets, humans, and wildlife.
www.extension.umn.edu /distribution/housingandclothing/DK1035.html   (1236 words)

 Chiggers   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
Description: Chigger mites are small (1/20 to 1/64 inch long), orange, yellow or light red (usually bright red), and have hairy bodies.
Chiggers are usually encountered in late spring and summer in woodlots, pastures, roadside ditches or other areas with tall grasses and weeds.
Before going into an area where chiggers may be present, protect yourself by using a repellent containing DEET or permethrin.
www.ento.okstate.edu /ddd/insects/chiggers.htm   (389 words)

(The normal response to seeing a chigger is a frantic effort to reduce the number of bites to a few as possible as we know that a torture session is in our future.) I quickly gathered up a dime to use as a size comparison stage and the needed camera gear.
The chigger larvae are much smaller than the adults– half a dozen of them could fit on the period at the end of this sentence.
The chigger capitalizes on this – it uses this round wall, which is called a stylostome, as a straw.
www.mikebaker.com /animals/chiggers.html   (1022 words)

 How to Avoid Chiggers - eHow.com
Chiggers are not insects, but tiny mites that are approximately 1/50 inch long.
Chiggers are also called red bugs because of their bright red-orange color.
Although chigger bites are extremely irritating, chiggers are not known to cause any diseases in the United States.
www.ehow.com /how_16447_avoid-chiggers.html   (612 words)

 Chiggers Mites
Chiggers are the larvae of harvest mites and belong to the family Trombiculidae.
Chiggers do not burrow into the skin; instead they attach themselves to the opening of a hair shaft and inject saliva into the skin.
When on a person, chiggers go to areas where the skin is thin and moist: the ankles, wrists, thighs, groin or waist.
www.skinsite.com /info_chiggers.htm   (297 words)

 Chiggers Anyone?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-17)
Chiggers are more numerous in early summer when grass, weeds and other vegetation are plentiful.
Chigger larvae prefer to bite people in places where clothing fits tightly over the skin such as around the waistline, under socks, or where the skin is thin or wrinkled such as around the ankles or the back of knees.
Chigger larvae insert their mouthparts into a skin pore or hair follicle, and then inject a digestive fluid to dissolve skin cells.
www.yaleparkhomeownersassociation.com /extension_02.htm   (685 words)

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