Mite - Chigger
Chigger or Red bug
What is a Chigger Mite!
Chiggers are bright red mites insects.As adults, they are very fast crawlers with long legs and a velvety appearance to their body. The stages looks very much the same except for its much smaller size. In larval or chigger stage it has only 3 pairs of legs, and these are very stout and covered with spiny hairs, the legs being much longer than the body length.There are several species of chiggers and they are native to North America, most commonly encountered in the southern states like GA, AL, SC, and TN.
How are they a nuisance?
The adult insect of these mites are free-living predatory mites, feeding on other mites and smaller insects. It is the larval stage, or first instar, which is called the chigger, and it is a parasite on humans and many animals, including other mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. On humans they tend to bite the skin around the ankles or belt area, where clothing fits tightly against the skin. The adult mites overwinter in the soil, producing their eggs with the warmth of spring. They then die, and the new chigger stages emerge from the eggs to seek their food sources.
Where to find these insects?
They live in tall grass and other vegetation and climbing onto people who walk through those areas. The chigger does not burrow into the skin, but feeds for only a day or so by inserting its mouthparts, drawing out blood or other fluids. The saliva causes the severe itching reaction. The Brookhaven, Sandy Springs, and Chamblee, GA area is common for this insect because of the vast parks,humidity, abundant and mature vegetation.
People who walk through potentially infested areas should wear repellent and tuck their pants into their socks to inhibit the chiggers from getting under the pants and onto the skin.Reduce their habitat is important in urban areas, by keeping grassy areas mowed below 6 inches in height. Vegetation should be properly trimmed and moisture should be controlled where possible. Applying a perimeter barrier treatment from a professional with a registered insecticide to limited, high traffic areas is necessary. Please give us a call at 844 2NO-BITE (844 266-2483) OR 770 679-5579.