Chiggers can be found in every state in the nation. However, they are more prevalent in the hot and humid regions of the South and the Midwest. Chiggers are most active from spring to late autumn but are active year-round in the warmest parts of the United States such as southern Texas and Florida.Continue Reading
Chiggers are the larval form of mites. They are extremely small, just 1/150th to 1/120th of an inch in diameter, making them barely visible and able to move about almost unseen.
Chiggers cause swelling, itching and redness with their microscopic bites on humans. Chiggers and mites are not insects but rather close relatives of ticks and spiders. According to Clemson University, chiggers do not transmit disease.
Chiggers can sense the emanation of carbon dioxide, thus drawing them to humans. They like thin skin, such as that in the armpits, ankles or the backs of the knees, and also can be found in areas where clothing fits snugly. Once they have found a spot, they feed by piercing the skin and releasing saliva that dissolves skin cells. They feed on the liquefied skin cells for approximately three days, then drop to the ground and morph into nymphs, the next developmental stage.Learn more about Bugs
A couple of fun facts for kids about individual states include Alaska's status as the largest state in the nation, and Rhode Island's status as the smallest state. If placed on the continental United States, Alaska would encompass parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, New Mexico and Colorado.Full Answer >
Scorpions live in all states of the continental U.S. However, they prefer desert climates and are concentrated in states like Arizona, Texas and New Mexico. They are also found in southern California and North Carolina. Outside the U.S., they are found in Brazilian forests, British Columbia and even the Himalayas.Full Answer >
The way fleas reproduce depends on their species and environmental conditions, states "Flea Control: How to Get Rid of Fleas Naturally." For example, the water flea reproduces asexually under normal conditions. These fleas only produce females until abnormal conditions, such as overcrowding or a limited food supply, cause them to asexually produce only males. The male fleas then mate with the females to continue reproduction until conditions change again.Full Answer >
There are no federal laws that make it illegal to kill a praying mantis, but there are some states or counties that impose fines for killing these insects. While it may not be completely illegal, it is not a good idea because praying mantis help reduce the amount of harmful insects.Full Answer >