I read your article about chigger control. If you get chiggers on your clothing, you can wash your clothing immediately. If you don’t know immediately that you have been into chiggers, once in your house, can the chiggers transfer into your carpet or furniture?
If you have chiggers in the ground around your foundation, I understand that they can find their way into your home. But if you were on an outing, hiking or picnic and you don’t realize for hours that you were “bitten” do chiggers usually survive in your car or house, or do they fall off before you take them home?
Thanks for your information.
Like most any insect that gets on people or pets, some can fall off and onto carpets or furniture. But like fleas, chiggers prefer to remain on their host as long as possible. As our CHIGGER CONTROL ARTICLE explains, once they feed and mate, they’ll start laying eggs which will most definitely fall of people or pets but this takes time. So to answer your first question, even if you didn’t know you had chiggers on you, they wouldn’t be infesting your home right away. In most cases it will take several days before they’d have a chance to do this and usually people know they have a problem before they can even have a chance to advance this far.
As for your second question; again, they don’t typically “fall off” hosts. Chiggers really want to stay where they find food and in most cases they accomplish this with little effort since they’re designed to affix themselves quite well to people and pets. But if you do find some on yourself or suspect any are active in your home, it’s advisable that you do some of the treatments outlined in our chigger control article.
Here is a direct link to the informational article listed above:
Chigger Control Article: http://www.bugspray.com/articles98/chiggers.html