Q:

In which states do chiggers live?

A:

Quick Answer

Chiggers can be found in every state in the nation. However, they are more prevalent in the hot and humid regions of the South and the Midwest. Chiggers are most active from spring to late autumn but are active year-round in the warmest parts of the United States such as southern Texas and Florida.

Know More

Full Answer

Chiggers are the larval form of mites. They are extremely small, just 1/150th to 1/120th of an inch in diameter, making them barely visible and able to move about almost unseen.

Chiggers cause swelling, itching and redness with their microscopic bites on humans. Chiggers and mites are not insects but rather close relatives of ticks and spiders. According to Clemson University, chiggers do not transmit disease.

Chiggers can sense the emanation of carbon dioxide, thus drawing them to humans. They like thin skin, such as that in the armpits, ankles or the backs of the knees, and also can be found in areas where clothing fits snugly. Once they have found a spot, they feed by piercing the skin and releasing saliva that dissolves skin cells. They feed on the liquefied skin cells for approximately three days, then drop to the ground and morph into nymphs, the next developmental stage.

Learn more about Bugs

Related Questions

  • Q:

    Where do crickets live?

    A:

    Crickets live in marshes, forests, swamps and deserts all over the world, with over 120 species in the United States alone. Crickets thrive in moist, humid areas with an abundance of plants. They can often be found underneath rocks and plants, inside of logs and along roadsides.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Where do millipedes live?

    A:

    Millipedes live all over Earth, but are most abundant in regions that are humid and tropical. Millipedes thrive best in regions that have moist soil, and they are typically found in terrestrial, grassland and temperate habitats. They can be found living in high altitude mountains and may even live in swamps or marshes.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How long do cockroaches live?

    A:

    The American cockroach lives for about two and a half years. Its adult life lasts approximately a year and a half, and the nymphal stage lasts 11 to 14 months. There are more than 4,000 species of cockroaches, many with similar adult lifespans.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Where do mosquitoes live?

    A:

    Mosquitoes live around the world in almost every type of ecosystem. More than 2,500 species are known and 150 of these species are found in the United States.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore