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6 Chigger Repellent Plants

Did you know that there are Chigger Repellent Plants and trees have a natural effect on chiggers and other biting insects? Natural pest control can be effective!

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Chigger Repellent Plants

The chigger repellant plants listed below will take the sting out of summer and help keep them away so we can enjoy being outdoors with our family!

What are chiggers?

Chiggers, also called red bugs, are tiny members of the arachnid family. They are usually found in heavily vegetated areas such as fields, woods and yards. Chiggers are nearly invisible to the naked eye and can only be seen using a magnifying glass.

Chigger bites often occur around the waist, ankles and warm skin folds. Some people may not experience any discomfort or itching at first. However, the bite site becomes very itchy and red after a few hours. If you scratch the bite, you may develop an infection.

In most cases, chigger bites aren’t serious and will go away on their own in a few days. However, you can take steps to relieve your symptoms and prevent future outbreaks.

Where do chiggers nest?

Chiggers do not nest. They live in grassy areas, waiting for a passing mammal or bird. Once they have grabbed onto an animal, they crawl up until they find a spot that’s warm, moist and with little hair. Usually, this is around the waist or groin area or between the toes.

Once they’re attached to their host, chiggers don’t actually bite. Instead, they inject digestive enzymes under the skin. This dissolves human skin cells, which the larvae then suck up. 

The saliva of chiggers also contains a mild anesthetic so people don’t feel them feeding until it’s too late. Chigger bites are extremely itchy and can last for weeks if not treated properly.

Chigger repellant plants

There are many plants that repel chiggers. And if you have a garden or a backyard, these plants can help keep chiggers away from your home.

The following is a list of plants that repel chiggers:

  • Wormwood. It is an herbaceous perennial plant with erect stems, greyish leaves, and clusters of small yellowish flowers. Wormwood grows up to 5 feet (1.5 meters) tall and has a strong fragrance that chiggers dislike. Its essential oil contains thujone and sesquiterpenes, making it toxic to insects, including mosquitoes, flies, fleas, ants, and moths.
  • Sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata). This plant is native to North America and grows wild in the western United States. It has silvery leaves with yellow flower heads that bloom in late summer or early fall. Sagebrush has a strong odour that repels not only chiggers but also other bugs.
  • Catnip. This perennial herb is a member of the mint family and will repel both chiggers and mosquitoes. Plant near areas where people gather for extra protection.
  • Chamomile. This small flowering annual is a member of the daisy family that repels chiggers. Be careful when planting this variety, as it can become invasive in some areas.
  • Eucalyptus. Grow this tall evergreen tree in a container on your porch to repel chiggers and other insects. The leaves will release a strong fragrance that bugs don’t like.
  • Lavender. Plant this perennial shrub along the edge of your porch or yard to keep chiggers from coming into your yard. Another variety that will help repel chiggers is Spanish lavender.

These herbs have been used in the garden for centuries and can be grown in most temperate zones. Some of these plants are true multitaskers and can be used to eliminate garden pests. Our advice is to check out your gardening zone, plant some chigger repellant plants, and then relax, knowing you are keeping your family safe while enjoying a beautiful garden.

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