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chigger,

minute, six-legged, reddish larva of the harvest mitemite,
small, often microscopic arachnid that belongs to several orders in the subclass Acari (or Acarina), to which the tick also belongs; mites and ticks are related to the spiders.
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, one of various red bugsred bug,
name for various red insects or arachnids. Chief among them are the cotton stainer of the S United States, which pierces the seeds of the cotton plant and discolors the fibers, and the larva of the harvest mite, or chigger, the cause of red-bug dermatitis.
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 widely distributed throughout the world and common in the S United States. Attaching itself by its mouthparts to the skin of its vertebrate host, the chigger injects saliva that destroys cells and may cause an intense irritation known as red-bug dermatitis. The food of the chigger consists of the cellular contents and tissue fluid of the host. Certain Asian species carry minute organisms (rickettsias) that cause scrub typhus, a disease of humans. Chiggers are classified in the phylum ArthropodaArthropoda
[Gr.,=jointed feet], largest and most diverse animal phylum. The arthropods include crustaceans, insects, centipedes, millipedes, spiders, scorpions, and the extinct trilobites.
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, class Arachnida, subclass Acari, order Trombidiformes, family Trombiculidae.

chigger

[′chig·ər]
(invertebrate zoology)
The common name for bloodsucking larval mites of the Trombiculidae which parasitize vertebrates.
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These mites are also known in English-speaking countries as harvest mites, chiggers, berry bugs, red bugs, or scrub-itch mites, and as Erntemilbe, Herbstgrasmilbe, or Heumilbe in German-speaking countries (3).
Ewing (1944) was the first to determine that there are two families of chigger mites (Trombiculidae and Leeuwenhoekiidae) under the superfamily Trombiculidae Ewing (Li et al.
Chiggers mites of the genus Eutrombicula Ewing, 1938 (Acari: Trombiculidae) from Cuba, with the description of three new species.
Forcibly removing feeding chiggers often decapitates larvae leaving mouthparts embedded to cause further inflammation.1 Untested strategies for removing feeding, engorged chiggers intact have included painting chigger bite sites with colloidion, clear fingernail polish, or Liquid Skin[R]; drying the sites with a hair dryer; and then peeling the coated and dried chiggers off the skin intact.
pectoralis, the chigger Euschoengastia fronteriza parasitizes P.
The differential diagnosis includes infected warts or scabies but the primary lesions of these are fairly typical ofchigger fleas, therefore always consider tungiasis or chiggers in this setting.
"Not a whole lot; there are some lotions available to reduce the itching, but it says that time is the best medicine as your body works to breakdown the chigger bite" my son replied.
Of course they got chigger mites the size of dinner plates here.
At the moment, Daniel and Melissia share their home with two dogs, Drake and Chigger, who also become jealous of each other!