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How to Get Rid of Chiggers

By Michael Piacenza ; Updated September 21, 2017

The best way to get rid of chiggers is through preventative action, such as keeping grass cut to less than 6 inches, cutting the shrubbery back and tucking pants into socks when walking through an area that is infected with chiggers. Find out how chiggers die off when they have nothing to feed on with help from a pest control technician in this free video on bugs and pest extermination.


Hi, I'm often asked how do I get rid of chiggers? Well, I think we can help you there. I'm Michael Piacenza with Advantage Pest Control. Well chiggers, or red mites, are a parasitic animal in their first stage of larva. So that's really when we as humans have to worry about chiggers, or they get on our cattle, livestock, pets, is in that first stage. After that, as the adult, they're actually feeding on tiny little insects so there they are actually a good thing to have. So how do we get rid of them? Well, they live in the grasses, and over winter in the soil, and they climb up on the grass and get onto us in that way. So the best way to get rid of them is a preventative action. Keep your grass cut to under six inches. Keep the shrubbery cut back. If you're going to walk through areas where there has been chiggers you want to make sure you tuck your pants inside your socks. So prevention is the key here. And if they don't have anything to feed on then they're going to die off and you're not going to have as big of an infestation. So the way to treat them is they're in the soil, put down a registered pesticide. And I mean, you know, you want to make sure it's rated for chiggers. And treat the entire area, not just where you got chiggers alright? So you want to get the broad area and make sure that you wipe out the entire colony. And you'll probably have to treat them a couple of times. It's best to get them in the fall before they over winter in the soil, and then get them in the late spring and early summer as they're coming up and really getting rolling. I hope this has been helpful. I'm Michael Piacenza with Advantage Pest Control. Good day.


About the Author


Michael Piacenza, technician and K-9 Handler, joined Advantage Pest Control in 2007 to expand upon the eco-friendly service offerings and initiate the K-9 termite inspection team. Piacenza uses natural and organic pesticides, as well as a termite-sniffing K-9 to hunt down and kill bugs.