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Why are there chiggers in my house?

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Chiggers in the home are most often the result of people accidentally picking them up in shady, grassy areas and transporting them inside on clothes or skin. Fortunately, these mites do not reproduce in houses and are not likely to create an infestation.

Though chiggers attach themselves to the body for a relatively short period of time to feed, they are easily dislodged by scratching or bathing. Thus, it is recommended that individuals who may have been exposed to chiggers take a warm, soapy bath or shower and change clothes as soon as possible. Additionally, all clothing worn during the exposure should be laundered in hot, soapy water.


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