Please share tips for preventing chigger infestations and bites.
Share your story with others:
MedicineNet appreciates your comment. Your comment may be displayed on the site and will always be published anonymously.
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
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.