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Chiggers (cont.)

Prevention

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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