My parents think I am crazy to be bringing it up again since it's been about a year! But for the last few days, since I changed my sheets and took off the bedbug sheet also by accident, they have come out to play and infest my entire household once again. I can't even sleep well because they are non stop making me itch, hurt from bites, etc. Anyone, can you help me identify these bugs(?) and the way I can kill them once and for all? Please email me through this site, thank you!
By Julia from Newtown, PA
I know here in AZ the animals that go outside to do their business and come back in carry these little black bugs that look like a little dot but bite, bite, bite I vacuum a lot dry my sheets and blankets first then wash them and my trick is lining my bed with Bounce fabric softener sheets. It works. You just have to keep the animals clean and shampooed at least once a week and keep your linens clean and above ALL the bounce sheets
I have these tiny white bugs look like tiny grains of salt. On the hardwood floors, as well as, the carpet they look like lint. They are on my mattress encasement, sheets, everything in the house. They look like dust on furniture. I have so many bites that itch, burn, and will not heal. It is a chore to go to bed because I know what's coming. They are all over the house, bathrooms and kitchen. What are these things and how do I get rid of them? They are even on my pets.
Hi Judy, I'm having the same problem as you. It seems like dust is biting me but every now and then I can see a little white bug jump across the room but I can never spot it after. I was wondering if you figured out what it was or if you've found a way to kill them.
I've tried a few things but it seems like I'm just pissing them off. If you can give me any info I'd really appreciate it. Maybe also we can exchange emails so we can try to figure this out together. I'm dying here and I desperately need help. Also I've called a lot of pest control companies and they have no idea. One guy said maybe crane flies/grass flies but I have no idea.
I have very tiny bugs - the size of the top of a straight pin in my kitchen around the windows and on my white floor. When you step on them or use your finger to smash them, they leave a reddish, brown streak. I tried spraying and caulked the baseboard area. It is a new home, less than 2 years old. How do I get rid of them?
newyork062 from Raleigh, NC
CLK (Guest Post),
I guess I'll just have to chew the Wrigley's Spearmint Gum (SMILE). Thanks for the suggestion. (03/15/2006)
I tried to take a picture of them but they are too small to focus upon clearly. I can zoom in and doctor in Photoshop, but the color isn't really accurate. They are more of a tan color with a darker head (I think it is a head).
They seem to bite, or at least irritate the skin, when we are sleeping. I have been searching for hours on the net but I haven't had any luck finding out what these things are. I was thinking spring tails but spring tails seem more complex than these if that makes any sense.
Any info would be greatly appreciated.
The orange object in the picture is a tic-tac... coins reflected too much light.
Thanks, Johnny in NY. (06/13/2007)
By jo sheldon
By Tom Doligale
By rachel b.
I just realized that I first began to notice these tiny things after I eradicated fleas from my dog and yard. Maybe fleas eat these little things.
I've been infested now for six months - they are literally killing me. Physical ailments are worsening and am becoming "foggy". Perhaps these are the Morgellon's pest reported by some. Perhaps this is the noisome and grievous boil spoke of in Revelations. (11/25/2008)
By Tom - JAX, FL
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Jennie-733199 AT hotmail.co.uk (02/26/2009)
They don't look like bed bugs and I thought carpet beetles are hairy with legs. These are like little red larvae worm things. I don't see fur, legs, a head or anything distinguishable. They are so small I can't take a picture. (02/26/2009)
Finally a suspect, an incredibly small suspect. So with specimen in hand I searched the internet for it and came across nothing really concrete until this thread. It looked just like those pictured with the tic tac on this thread. So I had a buddy come by with his DSLR and super-macro lens and we had a picture of it up close. Can any one ID this critter?
Also if you'd bother them, it will roll up into a ball slightly bigger than a poppy seed. (03/08/2009)
I have little brown bugs (look like mites). They can be seen with the eye, but are really small. They don't bite, but really annoying. Does anyone have an idea of what they are? Please help. We have had them for a week and are going crazy. We are going to bomb and see what that does.
By mommie3 from IN
I have tiny bugs all over my house. They are like book lice and are in everything I look at, kids toys, even in my drawers. When I want to wear a top I inspect it and there is a tiny bug in it, it's making me feel disgusted. Help me please.
By Angelcake from UK
Best bet for starters. Throw out everything in every room not needed, old, unused, from newspapers, magazines, cereal boxes, clothing etc. Wash anything washable you want to keep. Make a warm water, soap, bleach solution and wipe down everything which can be wiped in every room. Dust all areas. Put an old t shirt on a broom and wipe corners of all walls, behind furniture, under furniture, and ceiling corners. If you have a very old piece of furniture, with cloth, foam or stuffing, consider tossing it out. Same for any old cushions, pillows, quilts, anything that might be nest areas. Same with old plants which might have dead leaves, branches, etc.
Decaying houseplants can harbor quite the colonies of bugs, which I didn't know until this summer myself. Had a bunch of plants in a planter on front porch, most of them died while I was gone, from being over watered by someone trying to be a helper. I didn't think to toss them, gnat type things everywhere. It took us a lot of cleaning, poking, tossing, and reading on web, to figure out where they were coming from. Who knew?
Bugs like dusty, crumbly, spider webby areas, and they make even more of the same. Sometimes all it takes is a little piece of decaying fruit left somewhere by a child.
I don't like bug sprays. Over the years they are very damaging to our bodies, especially to children. So I just try to handle it the old fashioned way. Takes more time, but then you know where everything in your house is, you find things you lost, and you feel good. (08/25/2009)
I am currently looking into getting new windows (they are old and have mold on them), and I was told to get rid of all moisture sources in the house. I may very well buy a dehumidifier in each room. I find apple cider vinegar does a great job killing them. I actually add it to my bath water every night when I soak before bed to help with the biting sensations.
Best of luck. I am dealing with this horrific problem as well. (08/28/2009)
Tea tree oil also has been known to cause breast enlargement in males if used for a prolonged period of time. Because I am female I use it as I don't need to worry about that. I have also found that any kind of orange cleaner kills live bugs. I had an ant problem and sprayed them with a naturally orange cleaner product I bought at the grocery store and they died instantly.
Also, I use Borax and vacuum frequently. Borax will get on the little buggers feet and when they clean themselves it causes them to dehydrate and die. Sprinkle on your carpets. Let sit and vacuum up very well. It is non-toxic, but in my opinion, I don't know how good it is for animals to be sitting in it if you don't vacuum it up, it may cause skin irritation because it is "salty." I even sprinkled it on my mattress, let it sit and vacuumed it up.
The Kleen Green says that its enzymes eat away at the bugs outer protective coating in order to get inside and kill them and it is non-toxic. You could bathe in it and use it on pets as well. I just bought it so I can't say much about it yet as I haven't used it long enough. It's a bit pricey. If anything at this point, it makes me feel like I am doing something productive, but that will remain to be seen. Good luck! (08/30/2009)
I have tiny white and brown insects in my kitchen units and now in my bathroom, as well as on top of the toilet and the window sills. I need help, please.
By Maya from Oldham
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