Composting and chiggers

Asked January 6, 2019, 9:35 AM EST

Hi, I have a huge chigger problem in my gardens. I am guessing they also live in my compost pile. If I switch to using a compost barrell instead of an open pile, will they die in the hotter condition of the barrell, even though the barrell has air holes? Thank you

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1 Response

You can't be completely sure that you have chiggers unless you have captured some. However, if you do have a problem with them the first thing to do is clean out any weeds, brush and that compost pile. You can try a barrel to see if it discourages them but they will still be on other plants. It is also possible you have fleas of some sort. They also bite. Here is information on both. That is the best we can do. https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/gardening/a47733/how-to-get-rid-of-chiggers/ http://apps.extension.umn.edu/garden/diagnose/insect/indoor/beetles/small/catflea.html