Chigger Control & Extermination in Dallas Texas and the Surrounding Areas
Chiggers are pests in the mite family which are prevalent throughout the southern part of the United States. They are red, tiny like a spider or clover mite, and smear red when crushed. Chiggers are different from both spider and clover mites in that they like to feed on flesh. They will readily bite dogs, cats, livestock, birds, people or just about any animal they can find. Chiggers live on the ground, around shrubs and plants, or anywhere vegetation is able to protect them.
They prefer shade and moist areas, but will forage for food great distances if needed. Unlike most small mites, chiggers are able to move quickly. They are able to sense movement and detect any food source from a great distance. Pets will get chiggers simply walking throughout the yard; people can get them playing golf, working in the garden or yard or any outdoor excursion or picnic.
Several species of chiggers occur in Texas, but only two are troublesome. One, Eutrombicula alfreddugesi, inhabits disturbed grassy and weedy upland areas and may be encountered in overgrown briar patches and along the edges of wooded areas. The other, Eutrombicula splendens, prefers moist habitats such as swamps and bogs, rotten logs and stumps. Even within favorable habitats, distribution of chiggers often is spotty. Chiggers may be concentrated heavily in one spot while virtually absent nearby.
Chiggers are a flesh feeding pest which can ruin picnics, back yard get togethers or gardening activities. Their bites are irritating, itch and will persist. If you get chiggers treat bites with chigger bite ointment for relief. Apply chigger spray to repel chiggers when going afield where chiggers live. Around the home, control them quickly by having a Markle Barrier Bundle Plan in place that will get rid of your current infestation and prevent the next one.
What is the best chigger control solution?
The best solution to control chiggers is an integrated pest management (IPM) system. An IPM system is an effective environmentally friendly pest management system that is a common, sensible and holistic method to chigger control. An IPM system accounts for the life cycle of chiggers and how they interact with the environment.
Markle Termite & Pest Management uses an IPM system because it’s a set of practices that adapts to the specific type of chiggers to be controlled. Also, Markle employs this system because: They’re committed to sustaining the environment. They’re committed to treating your home & yard as it was their own. They guarantee 100 % Peace of Mind.
How does an integrated pest management (IPM) system work
An IPM system for chigger control is a four step process. The process includes:
Establishing chigger threat level – – Prior to any chigger control action, we’ll consult with you and evaluate the situation to determine the level of chigger infestation. We’ll search for chigger breeding grounds or the source that may be causing the problem. Consequently, we’ll be able to better plan our action.
Monitoring and Identifying – We’ll monitor the chigger population to see how they’re interacting with the environment. Because each type of chigger requires a different control method, it’s important we accurately identify the type of chigger we’re controlling.
Prevention – Our preventive techniques include start with a broadcast application of diatomaceous earth or an application of granular or dusting sulfur at 5 pounds per 1,000 square feet. If you have alkaline soil, the sulfur is also a good soil amendment. If your property is watered occasionally, it will help with chiggers.
Control – Sign up for the Markle Barrier Bundle Plan which covers chigger control. Preventive maintenance and forward thinking are the key to never getting, eliminating, or controlling chiggers.
Treating Chigger Bites
C Chigger dermatitis can be extremely irritating and uncomfortable. A hot shower or bath, with scrubbing can provide some relief if done early in the itching phase. Once a pustule (bump) has formed, do not scratch it, to avoid opening the bite to possible infection.
Antihistamines such as oral Benadryl®, anti-itch creams (camphor and menthol, calamine or pramoxine), or hydrocortisone ointments give the best relief from the intense itching associated with chigger bites. It’s also a good idea to apply an antiseptic ointment to prevent infection, especially on bites that have been abraded by clothing or scratching.
Commercial chigger-bite medications vary in effectiveness but often rely on numbing agents or sealants to prevent air from contacting a bite. Analgesics (pain relievers) also can provide relief from itching discomfort. Chronic scratching only causes further irritation and increases the risk of secondary infection. Individuals with severe cases of chigger dermatitis or hypersensitivity to chigger bites should consult their physicians.
Individuals with severe cases of chigger dermatitis or hypersensitivity to chigger bites should consult their physicians.
Keep From Getting Bit By:
Wear protective clothing, such as long pants, long-sleeved shirts and shoes or boots, when venturing into chigger habitats. Loose-fitting, tightly woven fabrics provide the best protection, because such fabrics minimize the movement of chiggers through clothing. To keep chiggers on the outside of your clothing, tuck pants legs inside boots, and button your cuffs and collar. Avoid sitting or lying directly on the ground. Remove your clothes as soon as possible after exposure to chigger habitats, and launder them before the next wearing.
Chiggers are better at hiding than you are at finding them, and their eggs are naturally protected from many over-the-counter insecticides. Without proper licensed chemicals, special equipment, materials and know-how, chigger control can be a losing battle.
For more than 40 years we have proudly delivered safe and effective chigger control and treatment to the residents of Dallas, Texas and the surrounding Dallas / Ft. Worth Metroplex areas with a 100% Peace Of Mind Guarantee.
Markle Pest Control can eliminate Chiggers in almost any situation. Don’t make the mistake of trying to tackle this pest on your own! Our trained licensed technicians are just a phone call or click away. Give us a call at 972-279-1448 or fill in the Request For Service on the right.