People can take steps to prevent being bitten by chiggers using the following
- Wash the skin with soap and water after outdoor activity.
- Wash clothing that has been worn outdoors.
- Avoid vegetation that is low to the ground when outdoor temperatures are
favorable to chiggers. (Chiggers do not bite at colder temperatures [below 60 F
or 15.5 C] and are not found in areas hotter than 99 F or 37.2 C.)
- Use insect repellents, such as DEET (carefully follow instructions on any
insect repellent as some applied inappropriately may cause problems, especially
- Wear long pants and long sleeves during outdoor activity along with high
shoes or boots. Pant legs should be tucked into boots if possible.
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