Chigger                                                        

Category: Fleas/Ticks/Lice

Scientific Name: Trombiculidae

 

Identification:

Color: Bright red or reddish-orange in color

Size: 1/64 of an inch

Region: Found worldwide

Important Considerations:

  • Nicknamed Redbugs from the color of the human attacking larvae.
  • They are found in large numbers during the fall
  • They will feed on the hosts tissue. Hosts include mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians.
  • It is only parasitic during its larva stage.

 

Where to Find Them on Your Property?

Adults live in soil, nests or burrows of animals, lawns and decaying wood. Larvae are found in vegetation such as grass, brush or blackberries. When attacking humans, they are commonly found in armpits, ankles or on the waist. About 3-6 hours after infestation, the host usually begins to feel itchy and may last for up to 2 weeks.