How to Get Rid of Chiggers

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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.

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.

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.

Did You Know?
Chiggers are only 1/150th of an inch in diameter.

Herbal Remedies : Herbal Remedies for Chiggers

Unfortunately, chiggers are sometimes the result of spending time outdoors. Learn how to use sulfur powder and other herbs to get rid of them with the helpful advice from an expert herbalist in this free video on herbal remedies for chiggers.

Bio: Robert Linde is an acupuncture physician and registered herbalist.
Filmmaker: Christopher Rokosz

Series Description: Many herbs can be used to treat common ailments and conditions. Understand how you can incorporate these herbs into your daily diet with the helpful advice from an expert herbalist in this free video series on herbal remedies.
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Chiggers! And How to Get Rid of Them — While filming a Survival Tips segment in a bamboo patch I got into a chigger nest. I had dozens of chiggers on my pants, but I took care of it with some common rubbing alcohol. You can also use turpentine or petroleum products, but don’t dance with the devil while you’re pouring that stuff. Chiggers look just like a tick, but much smaller. They don’t burrow into your skin — that’s a myth. They stay on the surface of your skin and bite, and because they’re so tiny they’re pretty hard to pull off once they latch on.