4 Natural Remedies to Get Rid of Chiggers in Your Bed

Are you suffering from irritating chigger bites? Use these four natural remedies to get rid of chiggers (berry bugs) in your bed.

How to Get Rid of Chiggers

1. Dust with Sulfur Powder
Sprinkle some of this Sulfur powder on chigger-infested areas to repel the pests. You can also apply the powder on your body before you walk through dense vegetation or long grassy areas.

Chigger Bed Sulfur
According to WebMD, sulfur powder is listed as possibly safe when applied to the skin appropriately, short term. Consult with a medical professional first if you think your skin might have some sort of reaction to sulfur powder.
2. Wash & Dry on Hottest Temperature
Wash your blankets and pillows in the hottest setting that the fabric would be able to tolerate, then dry them in the hottest temperature available. Throw away any bedding and pillows that are beyond saving from a chigger infestation.

3. Get a Mattress Cover
Cover the bed with a mattress encasement designed to prevent bed bug, dust mite, and chigger infestations. One good product to look at is the Sleep Defense System, which shields your bed from pests, water spills, and allergens.

4. Run a Steam Cleaner
Steam can be an effective way of killing household pests like chiggers, mites, and bed bugs. You should rent a commercial steamer as the steamers used for clothing aren’t effective for treating chigger infestations. Check out this resource for best practices.

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Identifying Chigger Bites

Chiggers can be confused with other common household pests like dust mites and bed bugs due to their tiny size. So how exactly can you tell if you are suffering from a chigger infestation? Here are a couple of tips.

Time of Year: chigger infestations are more common in the late spring, summer, and early fall. They don’t survive conditions cooler than 42 degrees Fahrenheit.

Bite Appearance: they appear as tiny red bumps and in some cases may resemble the appearance of blisters. Chigger bites can occur all across the body but are more likely to appear on the lower legs or waist.

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