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Bedbugs are not as likely to be picked up outside as are chiggers because they are primarily nocturnal and stay around the resting place of the host. Bats, birds, squirrels, pigeons, rats, ***** and so on can be hosts. If the host dies or leaves, most of the bugs are left behind. The bugs will then move about looking for a new host. They can go 6 months without a blood meal! They are becoming very common in apartment housing all across the country. To treat bedbugs, you spray the mattress, frame and surrounding cracks near the sleep areas.

Bedbugs suck blood, chiggers eat the dead skin around the follicle.

Chiggers are a totally different bug. They are more likely to be picked up in the landscape. My pest control textbook says that good turf management significantly reduces chigger habitat (mowing, removal of unnecessary weeds, briars, and bushes). Chiggers will also attack other animals.
 
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