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Hello, everyone, it’s Mike Stewart. I’m the host of the faith pest control podcast with pest expert Fred Talley here on the line and we are the premier podcast for information for folks living in Jasper, Blairsville, Blue Ridge anywhere in the north Georgia mountains. We are your go to information source for what to do about bugs that are bugging you. And I know up in the country I remember years ago my dad says Now be careful not to get any chiggers on you he said because they’ll dig down in your your knees and your hands and I guess wherever they can get into and he said they’re no fun to get out. So let’s don’t let’s don’t get any chiggers. So why don’t you talk about what they do and what we need to know and you know what kind of problems they cause and what as a pest control expert can you do about chiggers? Well my kick chiggers they’re actually the M or immature stage of a tiny red mind. They are frequently found overgrown brushy or grassy areas, especially where small rodents are in abundance. They can be found in shady humid areas near strain , under around trees. But most people in the south know though Chiggers are most closely associated with blackberry patches. It’s most common time for people in the south get chiggers is when it’s BlackBerry picking time. chiggers can actually cause itchy red whales, but they do not borrow under the skin is most people think instead what happens is they’ll puncture the skin, but they inject their saliva into that puncture all in which dissolves some of the skin cells and the resulting liquid from that puncture in deposition of saliva process is what the chigger feeds on. The body’s reaction to those digestive enzymes that sugar uses to liquefy the skin cells is what causes the rash intense itching and the misery that begins a few hours after they have you know had to have fed if left undisturbed they can stay attached in may hang on for three or four days before dropping off to the ground. chiggers are read but not because they you know they take a blood meal as most people think there the trigger itself is actually very tiny. In the reality of somebody seeing it with the naked eye is actually pretty small, because it triggers about six thousandths of an inch. But that’s pretty small. They do sometimes will cluster on the skin in in you can see them at that point. But generally you need to you know a fairly powerful hand lens or a microscope microscope to see them well. Their presence I guess makes them sell they make themselves most known because of the itchy welts that they leave behind. And they they normally attack where the skin is thin and tender. US round your ankles around the backs or your knees. Sometimes your beltline occasionally in the armpit area, and of course it’s hot in in small print when you’re out picking blackberries. Most people are in shorts and T shirts. And if so they do get in the crotch area that can be problematic for tight clothing keeps them from moving around like elastic waistbands or belts. By contrast to a mosquito cause some people don’t know if they’re getting bit you know they’re getting bit by chiggers or mosquitoes mosquitoes are normally going to bite you and expose places or chiggers or kindly and somewhat conceal places chigger bites do have a tiny red.at The center most people think when they see this that they’re seeing the trigger itself but what you’re actually seeing is the I guess it would be called the the remains of looks kinda like a scab like two that they create that are that is created by your body in response to the ticker saliva. A few things you can do to
hopefully prevent chiggers from
biting you is avoid walking through unmowed fields Like a hay field, or avoid walking through brush and overgrown areas instead, if, if it’s available, you should walk in the center of mowed trails and avoid brushing up against vegetation, or the chiggers may be congregated. If you’re a camp camping or hiking in areas which are have potential for infestation with chiggers. wear long pants that are tucked into your boots or your socks. wear long sleeve shirts, clothing that is made of tightly woven fabrics. Often Hill will help keep chiggers from reaching the skin. For those that aren’t opposed to it, apply an insect insect repellent containing DEET. The DEET is the most effective deterrent for them I would say. If you’re applying in in an insect repellent though, always be sure to read and follow the directions for use on the container. Another huge huge benefit or help would be showering or bathing immediately after coming in doors can be a huge help in removing the triggers that have not yet attached. If it’s not possible to shower. Use a dry towel and thoroughly briskly briskly rub your skin in that will remove many of the triggers that have that have not been able to attach and feed yet. While most common, really in wild, overgrown, overgrown areas, chiggers can become established in in your yard, in parks camps, picnic areas, recreation areas. Some of the things you can do for that is vegetation management. Which makes it just a less attractive location and for the chiggers and could greatly reduce their numbers. Pruning of trees and bushes. Close or mowing of the grass allow sunlight into the areas and Loke can lower the humidity or removal of scrub brush piles. Accumulated debris leaves it reduces the habitat and protection for smaller animals like rodents and other animals that can be in attracted to the triggers. The these changes can produce conditions that are less suitable for chiggers and can provide a more long term solution. Insecticides made temporary list reduce chiggers but used alone are not really long term solution. insecticidal sprays are most effective when when they’re directed toward the hotspots for chiggers and their animal hosts are known to be. Like we said earlier, the borders between fields and forest fences between wooded or brushed areas long around ornamental plantings beside the dog house even generally, a single application during late April or May, can be extremely effective, effective, and at times can be the only the only treatment necessary. But in severe cases, treatment may be needed to be repeated on up into June. As always here at Faith pest control, we do offer a free consultation, as well as 100% make you happy money back guarantee. Do you hire faith pest control to get rid of your chigger problem. And at the end of 30 days, you’re not 100% Happy we’ll come back and we’ll treat that area for free. And we’ll keep on trading it for free until you tell us that you are happy. If that still doesn’t make you happy, we’ll give you back every penny you spent on the original treatment. Plus, we’ll pay you an additional $25 for your time and trouble just for fooling with us. Bottom line is this I want you to be happy with the service we provide or you won’t pay a penny period. If you feel like what I’ve said make sense. Call fates pest control today 770-823-9202 and asked to speak to me Fred tally, I’d be more than happy to speak with you and answer any questions you may have.
You know, Fred, I learned something I didn’t know about chiggers. And you know I remember my dad, we that was your right we were always going out looking for blackberries and you know in picking those wild berries because my dad loved that jam. But you know, you would get that and I didn’t realize that that Those itchy things where it was saliva so you learn something and now you know what to do. And you heard it from the pest expert Fred Talley. We do this podcast as a community service for everybody in Jasper, Georgia. Blairsville Blue Ridge, North Georgia mountains, big canoe, you name it in that area where the Pest Service for you. So this has been another episode of the faith pest control podcast.