Naturally Repel Chiggers With A Handy Household Staple

There are a lot of pests you need to look out for when hiking or spending a day by the lake. Mosquitoes will swarm, ticks will crawl, and chiggers will come out and bite. Chiggers are especially annoying because they lay in wait in tall grass and weeds and bite you when you walk past. They usually hop onto your skin and bite to feed, and they can stay attached for days if you don't wash properly. This will leave behind terribly itchy bites that can take weeks to clear up. However, you don't have to go hiking to run across them. They can also be lurking in your backyard. Thankfully, you can repel them with the help of apple cider vinegar.

This handy household staple will repel chiggers away from your property. All you will need to do is spray down your backyard so they run from the scent. And the best part is that you probably already have a bottle sitting in your pantry. Here is how to pull off this bug-repellant hack. 

How to use apple cider vinegar to repel chiggers

All you will need to pull off this hack is apple cider vinegar, water, and a spray bottle. Pour a 1:1 ratio of water and apple cider vinegar into a spray bottle, shaking it to mix the contents together. Then step outside and spray down anywhere you don't want the chiggers to appear, such as your patio or deck. You can also spray down your fencing or the perimeter around your house to keep them off your property. However, be extra careful not to spray any plants, as the vinegar's high acidity can burn and damage them. (After all, vinegar is often used to kill weeds.)

This hack works because chiggers hate the smell of vinegar, so it will repel them from the area. Rather than going towards the scent, they will run in the opposite direction. It's actually an effective bug repellant in general — it can also keep away ants, fruit flies, and aphids.