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Basic facts regarding chiggers...
1. The characteristic pinpoint red mites are fairly easy to identify. You can see pictures of them here:
2. These are temporary parasites. Only the immature (larval) stage of the mite is parasitic. That means the skin problems they cause are also temporary and go away without treatment. If you're having an ongoing problem, that means your cats are constantly being reexposed.
3. Unfortunately, killing the mites doesn't necessarily solve the problem. This makes sense, because they go away anyway. Preventing future exposure is the key to solving the problem.
4. Many different treatments are used to try to prevent future exposure. In cats, it's important to avoid any pyrethrin or permethrin based treatment. Revolution, unfortunately, is generally not successful unless you reapply it every other week. Fipronil (Frontline) is reported to be effective. Tresaderm works well for chigger mites in the ears
. Many old-timers report success using 5% Sevin dust.
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