Have you ever felt itching or seen rashes on your arms and feet after working in your yard?
Yes? Probably you have chiggers in your yard. Chiggers are red-colored ticks and are too small that cannot be seen in an instant. They bite you and leave infectious saliva on your skin and body which forms a rash and develops irritation.
In this post, you will find the methods to get rid of these tiny attackers and will come to know the preventive measures against them.
How to have a chigger-free Lawn?
To blow the invasion of chiggers in your yard completely, you must be mindful of the nature of the attackers. Once you have recognized them properly, you will be able to fight with the right weapon.
Nature-wise, chiggers love to settle in the cornered, shady, and moist spaces in the yard. You will never find them wandering in the sunny, and dry areas of your yard.
You can also discover their existence by placing any black-colored board in your yard and if they are present, then after some time if you will see the chiggers crawling on that board.
Their existence can also be caught by placing a water-filled container in the yard and if there would be chiggers, you will be able to see them on the sides of the container with a magnifier.
Once they have been detected, now it’s time to take action!
There are two ways that you can get rid of these invaders.
- Using organic fluid.
- Using readymade pesticides.
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We have a very easy-to-make and effective solution, by using which you would be able to get rid of chiggers in your yard.
To make it you will need lemon juice about 1-2 cups, sanitized dish soap about 1-1.5 cups, 1.5 cups of soda or sprite, and a large size sprayer that can hold nearly 4 gallons of liquid.
Now, make a mixture of all the mentioned ingredients, and put it in a sprayer, and spray it all over the infected land evenly. It is organic and non-toxic to the plants and grass of the yard. If you want to spray it in your garden, it is also safe for vegetables. Flowers, and fruits.
Note: Increase the number of ingredients if your yard is bigger.
Readymade/activated pesticides would be useful if your yard is being attacked in large amounts of chiggers, and they are being resistant to other methods of their eradication. Surely, by using pesticides you will get the desired results.
The best pesticides in the market are already activated and you will only require to pour them in a sprayer and start spreading on the whole infected area. They will kill all the other insects like ants and bugs too. Some pesticides can be available in the form of liquid and some come in the form of granules. Granules can be scattered in your yard with the help of a spreader.
The most common insect repellent is Diethyl-3 Methylbenzamide, and various pesticides are composed of this substance.
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Here are some preventive measures against chiggers:-
- Always keep good hygiene in your yard. It can be done in the form of regular grass trimming or mowing, adequate watering, raking, aerating, and clearing all the dried leaves/stems/dirt from the soil.
- You can also prevent chiggers by reducing the damp, and shady spots in your yard.
- Remove the weeds regularly or take measures to stop them from growing and blocking the nutrients to reach the roots of the grass to nourish.
- As a self-preventive measure, always wear protective clothing and footwear to save yourself from chigger bites.
Although chiggers are so small they multiply very quickly. So it is advised that if you suspect their presence in your yard, you must take action simultaneously to get rid of them. This post will likely help you if you are dealing with this trouble.
The best way to prevent the lumpy lawn is to avoid the cause by taking precautionary measures and controlling the problem creators. Furthermore, keep it a little overseeded in humid periods of the year, avoid playing active games like cricket, football, or badminton, keep your pets away from the lawn if they have scrapping habit, use pre-emergent herbicides in your lawn in the early springtime to avoid pest invasion, do not keep heavy furniture in the lawn, and never use a roller to level the lumps.
Hopefully, the above-mentioned techniques would work for all the lawn owners and gardeners. Do not forget to leave your valued response and share techniques if you have ever tried any other than described in the post, and succeeded to recover your lumpy lawn.
James, the D.I.Y Expert, graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture from Colorado State University. Love writing blog posts and guides to help others learn how to garden!