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Is rain good or bad for ticks and chiggers?

Greg Burg, assistant director of Kansas University’s undergraduate biology program, says that while rain is good for ticks and chiggers, they can thrive in nearly any condition the weather gods throw at northeastern Kansas. “As you might expect, the answer is not very simple, or in fact, well understood,” Burg says. “In general, rain should be good for ticks and chiggers because it offers moisture that is critical for survival — especially for ticks. That said, ticks and chiggers are quite hardy organisms, and as we well know, we have had plenty of both during very dry parts of past summers. Chiggers seem to become more numerous during the later parts of the summer when it is often hot and dry.”


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