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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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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.
Attached to the skin, the chigger injects a feeding tube to search for blood.
This bacterium has also been described in mites in Taiwan and South Korea, in chiggers in South Korea, and in ticks in Japan (2,9,10).
A new study shows that fallow Taiwanese rice fields have become breeding grounds for ticks and chiggers that infect people with deadly diseases.
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The occurrence and levels of infestation by larvae of the chigger mite Eutrombicula alfreddugesi on the desert lizards Uma exsul and Uta stejnegeri were studied on the sand dunes of Viesca, Coahuila, Mexico.