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