Chigger problems crawling up everywhere in Tyler
POSTED: Monday, June 30, 2014 - 6:29pm
UPDATED: Monday, June 30, 2014 - 6:35pm
Tyler, Texas (KETK) — Chiggers, they’re like mites. Tiny creature that start showing up everywhere during these hot summer months and if you’re someone who tends the spend time outside, watch out. Smith County Agrilife Extension Agent told us where you’re most likely to find chiggers and how they get on the body, “more especially in tall areas, woody areas, along the edges of woods, briar patches. That type of thing. They crawl up our pants leg our arms or whatever and of course they bite- "There are things you can do to prevent them. You know, when you go out and work in the landscape you can wear long sleeves. Shirts or pants, I know it’s not fun in the hot summertime but if you can do that you can prevent some of those". Physician Assistant Rene McCarty also gave us tips on how to recognize chigger bits, "chiggers look very similar to a mosquito bite except chigger bites happen under the clothes where mosquito bites happen on exposed skin but you'll get a raised red spot they may look almost like a little pimple or have a little blister on it and they itch intensely" The good news is chiggers don’t carry diseases like ticks do and for parents there comes some peace of mine. Chiggers aren’t typically found in park and laws where the grass is kept manicured. Despite the encouragement, parents are still taking precautions by using OFF products and taking hot baths once they return home from the park. The last piece of advice McCarty had was to take hot, soapy showers immediately coming in from outside and to check the lower half of your body as chiggers can get trapped in your socks.