Getting Rid of Invisible Biting Bugs

I've been getting bites from a bug I don't see at all (along with my mom and sister) 3. It's mainly when sitting on my couch or outside in my backyard. It's not bed bugs because it's not while I sleep and it's only in one room or outside.


I live in California, Inland Empire area. I'm at a lost and very overwhelmed. Luckily my 1 year old isn't being bitten, but it's every week something is biting me. We do have dogs, but they are only outside and we treat them for fleas and ticks with the medicine that goes on their backs. We've checked them for fleas and flea eggs, but we can't find anything.

The bites start off looking like a hive. We've sprayed both outside and inside where we seem to be getting bitten (literally in the morning and that same night I had 2 new bites). If anyone has any ideas what it could be please let me know!

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July 30, 20180 found this helpful

these people had probles with invisible bugs in a desert climate:


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things that could be are no see ums which proliferate in the desert

other options are bird mites, chiggers, or maybe not bugs at all but a weird allergic reaction to a common contaminant or mold

best of luck

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July 31, 20180 found this helpful

You could have bird mites. You might need an exterminator

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July 31, 20180 found this helpful

I am very allergic to many insect bites, so I can totally empathize!

Web MD has a link for what some typical bites look like--that may help you ID what is getting you:

If that doesn't help...if you can catch and look at one of the critters, this link has pictures that you can match it too. My cousins in Cali say that mosquitoes are wicked right now, but you can usually see those.


There are no see ums in your area, but I don't think they are as common as they are in some places.

The link with bug pix is (not for the faint of heart sorry)

Be careful to watch the bites carefully and if the skin gets warm and red, you may want to talk to your PCP or go to an urgent care. You don't want to risk infection...especially if you are can easily do skin damage and infections can set in.

Good luck!

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July 31, 20180 found this helpful

There are numerous tiny bugs in different parts of the US but it seems that most people place them in the "no see um" category. We have them in Florida and this is year has been one of the worst.


  • You can find several hundred web sites that tell all about one kind or another but basically they are pretty much the same and what kills/stops one kind will generally work on all. Of course, the biggest problem is that what works for one person may not work for another. So many times it takes a true trial and error system to be able to survive through their "season".
  • Here is one solution that many say works for using indoors.
  • Fill a bowl with a half-and-half mix of dish soap (Dawn) and vinegar; set it out on a counter. The vinegar attracts the bugs and the soap drowns them. This can be done near where you sit in the evening.
  • Seems that most of this type bug is most active in the morning and evenings.
  • Here are some links that may give some suggestions that you may be able to use.
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  • You can also contact your local extension office as they may have information that is more specifically related to your area.

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July 31, 20180 found this helpful

Living in the tropics and close to the beach there is always a problem here with no-see-ums. These are tiny bugs that you can't actually see that sting when they bite you. Many of these types of bugs love the heat and also a sandy area to live in.

On the island, they come around and spray for these bugs. The spray is very strong and many people object to the spray and the smell. If you don't spray these tiny bugs can take over and they won't go away until it becomes very cold again.


Being bitten by one of them you will have a red mark on your skin and within a day or two, there will be a tiny water blister on top of the mark. This is because the bug doesn't actually stick a stinger in you, they end up biting your skin and removing a very small piece of the skin.

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February 10, 20190 found this helpful

It likely is bedbugs, and they are apparently adapting to circumstances lately, not just coming out at night or when youre sleeping. Theyre usually around any wood frames, but their hiding places now seem to include clothing as well. What we know about their behavior needs to be updated because of the adaptation. Your best bet is a silicon-based Diatomaceous Earth powder (or DE powder) although food-grade is safer, the silicon mixture sticks to the bugs on contact and kills them after an hour. You can put the powder in your clothes or on your furniture, especially on wood frames, just try to avoid breathing it in because dust in general isnt good for your respiratory system. Theres also tutorials on YouTube to make bedbug traps, but the best thing to use is DE powder and rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle, which kills them and their eggs on contact, and also steam vacuuming the furniture helps too. Good luck!

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