As people become more active in summer, so do a few familiar pests that keep Texans itching – and scratching — for relief, said Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologists.
“This time of year there’s usually a significant increase in chigger and flea activity,” said Wizzie Brown, AgriLife Extension entomologist, Travis County. “With people and their pets spending more time outdoors, the likelihood of getting bitten by chiggers or fleas also increases.”
Some ways to protect yourself from them include: wearing protective clothing such as tightly woven items that fit loosely, including long sleeves and pants, do not go barefoot or wear sandals or open-toed shoes, use an insect repellent with DEET or picaridin, avoid sitting on the ground, remove and launder clothing as soon as possible after being in infested areas and shower or bathe soon after being in an infested area.
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