Chiggers have risen to prominence here in Oklahoma over the past few years, and they can cause serious problems if they infest your property. Chiggers are parasitic mites that can be distinguished from other mites thanks to their bright colors. If you come across any on your property, it’s imperative that you reach out to a pest control company so that they can apply professional treatments. Once your property is treated, you'll want to prevent them from coming back. So, make sure that the company you hire to deal with the infestation also offers a program that includes multiple treatments throughout the year to keep chiggers from reinfesting your property.

What are chiggers, and what problems do they cause?

Red chigger on a bark of tree found in Harrah, OK.

Chiggers are parasitic mites that can latch onto you, your family, and your pets if they are on your property. The adult mites overwinter in the soil, before emerging in the spring to lay eggs. Once the eggs hatch, the larvae will climb up onto vegetation so they can attach themselves to a passing host. They usually lurk near the top of grass blades, leaves, and shrubbery because they prefer damp, shaded spots. While they are small, they can be distinguished from other mites because of their distinct colors. They’ll typically be orange, yellow, or bright red. Once attached to a host, chiggers will pierce the host’s skin with their claws and inject saliva into the opening which ends up dissolving the skin cells. The rashes aren’t painful nor poisonous, but they can be incredibly itchy for a few days.

Keep your lawn mowed and your plants trimmed to make your property less appealing to chiggers.

How do you eliminate chiggers from your property?

Elite professional applying pesticide treatment in Edmond, OK.

If you notice chiggers on your property, then it’s best to schedule a professional treatment with a pest control company. Chiggers can be difficult to control without professional help because of their size and how quickly they hatch from their eggs. Once the pest control company arrives, they’ll inspect your property and choose between a liquid or granular insecticide based on the size of your property. They’ll then apply their treatments around your property to eliminate any existing chiggers. Once your property is treated, you can then start enjoying your yard again!

Can you prevent chiggers from coming back to your property?

The answer is yes! It is possible to prevent chiggers from coming back to your property. All you need to do is hire a professional pest control company that offers multiple treatments throughout the year. Ideally, you want a company that starts treating your property before chiggers even emerge in the spring. The company should then come back consistently all the way through the fall season to prevent chiggers from ever establishing themselves on your lawn. This will ensure that you never have to worry about chiggers clinging to you or your pets!

If you still notice chiggers on your property after treatment, then ask your pest control company if they’ll respray your property before the next scheduled treatment.

Protect your lawn from chiggers. Call us today to sign up for our chigger control service.

You shouldn’t have to worry about being bitten by a chigger whenever you step out onto your lawn. Instead, you should reach out to us to take care of them for you. At Elite Lawn Care, we begin our chigger control service in February and will continue administering treatments through November to keep you protected year-round. We service residential properties in the Oklahoma City, OK area, which includes surrounding areas like Edmond and Mustang. Give us a call today at (405) 735-1223 to sign up for our chigger control service!