Getting Bitten by Unseen Bugs

For several months now I have been getting bit by something. I know what it's not. It's not bed bugs or fleas. These bites welt up like mosquito bites, but they're not mosquitoes either. It is too cold for them. I live in south central Kansas. Anyhow, the bites turn up in weird places like my elbows, toes, and tops and bottoms of my feet.


I just wondered what it could be. I have checked for bedbugs and turned up nothing, flea bites leave tiny dots on me. The itch from any bug bite for me itches deep down and uncontrollably. My husband and I and our 4 kids live together in this house and yet I am the only one who is getting eaten alive. I just want to find out what I am up against. Thanks.

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January 29, 20180 found this helpful
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It could be bird mites. My niece had them in Boston and needed an exterminator

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June 21, 20190 found this helpful

I used a crawling insect surface spray on the inside of the draws, I put a sheet on my bed and sprayed fly spray on the sheet to make a barrier for the biting insects. Then I emptied my clothing from my draws onto the sheet on my bed. I then sprayed inside the draws with enough spray to wet the draw. I gave it an hour to to air before coming back and putting the clothes back in the draw.


To make the job easier I only emptied 2 draws at a time. This meant that the draws I haven't done the clothes also got some fumigation. I know it took me all day to get the job done. The reward was 24 hours later I wasn't being bitten. As the surface spray I used protects for up to 6 months I will read do the process in five months time and will continue to keep protection in my cupboards.

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September 1, 20190 found this helpful

Alternatively, this could be some type of fungal or parasitic condition that you have internally and not bug bites at all. I'd advise you see a doctor that specializes fungus and/or parasites in the body.

I say this because of where you're getting the "bites" in the elbow creases in your arms, between your toes, etc are signs of a fungal /parasitic infections.


You can find more info about this by googling it and/or looking at Doug Kaufman's website and PBS TV show known as: Know the Cause.

I'm not a doctor but I do have some familiarity with these things. Hope this helps!

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January 29, 20180 found this helpful

It almost sounds like you have demodex mite in your home. This can be an issue and they are hard to see and find. I would check with a pest control company and find out if they can suggest you something to use to spray for them.

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October 5, 20180 found this helpful

Im sorry you are having this issue! I can relate- my dog had fleas for the first time ever. He is a short haired black and brown brindle pitbull. I saw him itching and searched him, but I couldnt see any. I brought him to the vet, who misdiagnosed him and I now have a flea infestation in my home! I ended up deciding it had to be fleas after a month of him scratching (although I couldnt see any...) and I was right! I didnt think twice and treated him- to my chagrin, they came after me instead!


I tried to take care of the issue with vinegar spray (known to kills fleas and larvae), baking soda and salt in the carpets, daily vacuuming, and citronella candles.... things were better until I got sick and missed a few days; now they are back with a vengeance!
I did a ton of research and people without any animals have had infestations! All of the things I tried above were from the Internet. I also learned that if there is an infestation in the home- they wont necessarily die in the winter! Great!
I can feel myself getting bit and when I look down I cant see anything! I read that the larvae hatch and resemble tiny white dots that can barely be seen! The size of the bite usually depends on the life cycle of the flea. I did find a white dot on my skirt after being bit...

I have tried everything to prevent bites including vinegar (1 oz in water or juice) and on my skin, coconut oil, and lavender spray on the bedding.
The best results are from high necked thick sweaters and sweatpants with socks, drinking apple cider vinegar, and rubbing dryer sheets on the skin (also works for mosquitoes and black flies). I am finally giving up and bombing the house! I dont like chemicals, but Its gotta be better than suffering like this! Im also going to invest in the mattress and box spring encases...
A single flea usually can bite multiple times. The bites usually form a straight line as the flea crawls on the skin. Check out you tube for a homemade flea trap- if the light is bright enough, you will know if you have fleas and to what extent!

Many years ago, I was also unfortunate enough to live with my mother in law, who had bed bugs in one room! (I had no idea at the time.)
I would wake up with clusters of red raised bites. They werent interested in my husband one bit; but they loved me! They only feed at night, so if you get bit in the day- its not bedbugs! I even consulted a dermatologist who had no clue what they were and called it a rash! The only way I found out what they were, was because I woke up in the middle of the night and saw a reddish brown (tear-drop) shaped bug. I looked it up- and bingo! Thankfully, we bought a house and moved out and never had another issue with them...
I wish you the best of luck and please let me know how you make out!
Hope this helps!
S. Wilcox

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October 20, 20180 found this helpful

Did you find a solution? I am having the same problem. I also live in south-central Kansas, and have been getting bitten almost every single night for the last two months. Weve had our home sprayed for bugs 3 times, and had 2 different exterminators look for the problem. No one can find anything. Its not spiders, its not bed bugs. There is no sign of bugs anywhere, and our bed is brand new. In fact the bites started right after we got the new bed, which we bought from a reputable company in Wichita. I did find 2 tiny white bugs in the foundation, but they hopped away before I could trap them. Any ideas what they are and how to kill them? I need to get some sleep, these bites wake me up every night at 3 am. Also my bites are in the same places as yours, toes, top and bottom of feet, fingers, and elbows. They look like a tiny red pinprick and hurt when they happen, (thats what wakes me up) then form welt and start itching like crazy in about 24 hours. The itch/stinging lasts for several days.

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