What was most aggravating were two pests of that region, the seed-tick and the chigger.
Box turtles were considered to have chigger infestations when the reddish larvae could be detected with the unaided eye.
Loomis in his study of the chigger mites of Kansas examined many of the racers captured in the early years of my field work.
The interlaminal seams and transverse hinges of adults were not infested until the height of the season of chigger activity.
Ectoparasites infesting T. ornata are larvae of chigger mites (genus Trombicula) and larvae of bot flies (Sarcophaga cistudinis).
Four species of the chigger genus Trombicula have been recorded on racers from the Reservation.
"chiggerfoot" takes its name from the chigoe, chigger, or jigger, the minute flea which burrows into the foot.
1756, from West Indies chigoe (1660s), possibly from Carib, or from or influenced by words from African languages (e.g. Wolof and Yoruba jiga "insect").
The six-legged larva of mites of the family Trombiculidae, parasitic on humans and other vertebrates and inflicting a bite that produces a wheal accompanied by intense itching. Also called harvest bug, harvest mite, jigger, red bug.