Chigger Bites - Prevention

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How can chigger bites be prevented?

Washing with soap and water after outdoor activity may remove any chiggers that may be migrating on the skin and prevent their bites. Likewise, washing clothing that was worn outdoors will kill any chiggers remaining on the clothing.

Attention to the outdoor temperature can help with prevention of chigger bites. Chiggers do not bite at colder temperatures (below 60 F or 15.5 C). Chiggers also are not found in areas hotter than 99 F or 37.2 C, so hot rocky areas on sunny days can provide chigger-free seats.

As with mosquito bites, proper outdoor clothing can help prevent chigger bites. Long pants and long-sleeved shirts as well as thick socks and high shoes or boots can help prevent infestation. Pants legs should be tucked into shoes or boots if possible.

All mosquito repellents (such as DEET), applied to skin and clothing, are effective at repelling chiggers.

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Comment from: outdoor experience f, 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: October 15

I found years ago that a good preventative for chigger bites is to dust the likely infestation area of your skin with Sulfur dust. This is an age old preventative and really works. Powdered sulfur can usually be purchased from your local pharmacy.

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Comment from: Joel, 25-34 Male (Caregiver) Published: May 30

The sulfur powder mentioned before is the most effective method for treating a whole yard. Just buy a 10 or 20 pound bag and use a mixer sprayer and spray your yard preferably a day or two before a rain. We live in Tennessee and used this on our yard after years of chigger infestation. Solved the problem in a day. Treatment lasts 1-2 years. For $20 and the absence of deadly chemicals, it"s worth it.

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