Outdoor activities are healthy, but sometimes they result in unpleasant experiences such as bites from mosquitoes, wasps, or chiggers. These microscopic bugs aren't usually dangerous, but their bite can leave their victims with a powerful urge to scratch.


1. What Are Chiggers?

Trombiculid mites go by numerous names, including harvest mites, bugs, or lice, mower's mites, red bugs, and chiggers. These minuscule members of Arachnida, the same genetic classification as spiders and ticks, are no more than 0.3 millimeters long and usually aren't visible without a magnifying glass.

A true ixodid mite blood sucking parasite carrying the acarid disease sits on a On a green leaf of grass in the field on a hot summer day, hunting in anticipation of the victim ?????? ??????? / Getty Images


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