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How to Get Rid of Chiggers

Follow these tips to get rid of chiggers before they cause intense itching.


  • Step 1: Apply mosquito Apply mosquito repellent to exposed skin to get rid of chiggers.
  • Step 2: Clean your yard Clean your yard of tall grass, brush, and weeds. Chiggers will not survive in areas that are well maintained.
  • Step 3: Bathe in soapy water Take a bath in warm soapy water as soon as you are exposed.
  • TIP: Soapy water will remove any attached chiggers.
  • Step 4: Wash clothes in soapy water Remove and wash your clothes in hot soapy water immediately after exposure.
  • Step 5: Rub with towel Remove attached chiggers by rubbing down the affected skin area with a towel. Chiggers will feed for 3 to 4 days in an area if not disturbed.
  • Step 6: Apply cold cream, baby oil, and nail polish Seal the affected skin with cold cream, baby oil, and nail polish to alleviate itching.
  • TIP: Itching will occur until the body neutralizes the chigger's saliva and repairs tissue damage.
  • Step 7: Enjoy the summer Enjoy the hot summer months without all the itching.
  • FACT: Chiggers are only 1/150th of an inch in diameter.

You Will Need

  • Mosquito repellent
  • Well-maintained yard
  • Bath
  • Towel
  • Cold cream
  • Baby oil
  • Nail polish

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