These little mites and their larvae, which appear in grassy areas such as parks, gardens, shady forests or lakes, are minuscule, red and very vicious! We only realise they’ve bitten us when we start scratching like maniacs or when we notice our skin is sore.
To get rid of the pain and itching and prepare yourself for their attack (usually at the end of summer and the start of Autumn), here are a few effective solutions.
1) Take a good hot bath
This is the best way to get rid of any chiggers stuck to your skin. Don’t skimp on the soap! Repeat several times throughout the day to fully rid yourself of them.
2) Get out the baking soda
Bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda, really is a Jack of all trades! And it is particularly useful for reducing itching linked to bites (especially chigger bites). After your bath, you can take some baking soda and add a very small amount of water. Apply it to the affected areas and allow it to dry before rinsing off.
3) Apply calamine lotion
Calamine lotion works very well for insect bites, hives or a range of skin eruptions. You simply need to apply it to the skin and rub it in gently. Fast relief.
4) Use ice cubes
No, it’s not time for a drink! In this case it’s to reduce swelling. Cover the ice cubes with a cloth and apply this icy compress to the affected area. If possible, make sure that the affected area is elevated for even better relief.
5) Reach for the Vicks Vaporub
Vicks Vaporub is perfect for itching, especially if you boost its effectiveness with a little table salt! Apply it directly to the affected areas and reapply throughout the course of the day. Works like magic!