Have you ever been bitten by a chigger? How did you identify the bite? Was it painful? Humans randomly get bitten by small insects and ignore the effects because they are often harmless. However, bites from an insect-like Chigger can do much harm if proper attention is not received. Chiggers are small larvae members of the arachnid group. They are also known as red bugs. Do not let the size of this insect fool you: their bite is powerful. Due to their size, they can land on your skin without getting noticed. It takes a long period before you start to feel the effects of their bite. In most cases, the first sign of a chigger bite is painful itchiness.
Basic Facts to Note about Chiggers
- Chiggers are the larval stage of a kind of mite.
- Chiggers do not move into and stay in your skin.
- Chiggers release digestive enzymes into your skin and rely on the degraded tissue for survival.
- The primary sign of a bite is extreme itching.
- Chigger bites may result in blisters or swollen red bumps.
- You can treat bites with supportive procedures to relieve itching.