Summer is pest season, and one of the most insidious pests is the chigger, especially in the Southeastern and Midwestern United States, where there tends to be higher humidity in the summer. A relative of the tick, the chigger is also sometimes called a red bug, because of its bright red coloring. These little pests thrive on skin cells, so they tend to prefer sensitive places on the human body, such as the waist and the armpits. They are tiny enough to be hard to spot, and they do tend to latch onto hosts, but it sometimes takes some time for them to do this, so they can usually be washed away or brushed off without too much trouble. BedSheetAdvisor is the best place to learn about everything you need to know about it.
How Much Trouble Can Chiggers Cause Indoors on Furniture and Bedding?
Although chiggers usually hitch a ride on clothing, such as sleeves or pant legs and migrate to the skin from there, they can also easily end up inside the home. It is easy for your pets to bring them in, especially from areas where there is lots of thick grass. Once in the home, they can end up on surfaces where they will come into contact with bare skin, such as beds, sofas and chairs.
The good news is that they do not breed in upholstery, mattresses or pillows, and they will not take up residence there and spread, the way bed bugs, mites, or roaches can. If you should find chiggers on your sheets or in your other bedding, simply launder it in hot water with a good detergent. Investing in a rubber, vinyl or plastic mattress cover is also a good idea. Although proliferation isn’t something to be concerned about, chigger bites themselves are still very unpleasant, as the itch can be unbearable and bites persist for two to three weeks in some cases.