People can take steps to prevent being bitten by chiggers using the following methods:
- 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 in children).
- Wear long pants and long sleeves during outdoor activity along with high shoes or boots. Pant legs should be tucked into boots if possible.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/30/2014
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