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Chiggers Dig humans

The second week of June is when chiggers begin digging into Missourians, says University of Missouri Extension entomologist Richard Houseman.

Chiggers are the tiny, immature stage of a large mite called a redbug.

Two to three generations of chiggers are produced each year. They favor damp areas with low-growing shrubs, grass and weeds.

To feed, chiggers pierce the host’s skin with their mouthparts and inject a digestive enzyme that dissolves

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