Our yard is an acre. We live in North Texas. We've had a chigger problem for the last several years. I am really loosing patience with it. It's so frustrating to not be able to be outside (or send your kids out!) for fear of nasty bites. I've done some research and tried various things in years past. Tried sulphur (only one application, maybe I need to do more this year?), tried spraying with triazacide (sp?). We keep getting bit. I have been using baby oil and tea tree oil on my legs and arms, and that seems to help. Yesterday I was out working in the yard for several hours and only got two bites. But, I would love to know if anyone has ideas for getting rid of them once and for all!
I'm thinking a combo of sulphur and diatomaceous earth, broadcast over the frequented places (surrounding the playset, trampoline, vegetable garden). We don't have a sprinkler system, so the ground is dry. But, we do mow frequently and keep the grass really short. I'm not sure what else to do to make it inhospitable for chiggers! (Other than spending $$ on sprinkers?)
The old trick for keeping chiggers off that I was taught years ago in when I was living in Kentucky is to use Skin So Soft or Jean Nate after bath products on your legs to repel them. That's if you're going hiking and passing tall grass.
With your property, the thing that I suspect will work best is to keep it mowed. Howard mentions using sulfur. You can call into the program on Sunday and pick his brain - I'm sure there are a few others out there about now who would like to hear this answer.
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