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Chiggers are small red mites 1. Their bites can cause severe itching. Ticks, however, are much larger and latch onto the host and drink its blood.
Though you may have an allergic reaction to a chigger bite, they do not carry disease. However, some varieties of tick can carry diseases such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease.
Both chigger and tick bites can be avoided by applying spray before walking in tall grasses or in the woods.
Chigger bite irritation goes away on its own. If a tick has bitten you, you need to take care when removing them as its head can become lodged under the skin. Use tweezers to pull the tick off without twisting its head off.
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