Identifying Small Black Biting Bugs?

We spent a week in an apartment in Paris where I woke up almost every morning with very itchy bites - definitely not bedbugs. I finally found mostly dead little black bugs, no wings, about 1/4 inch in length, on the white tile floor near an outlet. They were renovating the apartment next door, and my theory is that they sprayed, and these bugs came through an outlet in the very old building. But what were they?

I put them in a sealed plastic bag and gave them to the owner, but she has had no luck in identifying them. I would love to be the one who is able to identify them for her.
Thank you...someone!

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June 9, 20171 found this helpful

The owner can take the bugs to a pest control company for possible identification. Another possibility is a university entomology department.

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June 12, 20170 found this helpful

Thanks for your response. I'm not sure the owner will follow up on this, but your idea about the university entomology department was very helpful, and I was able to find someone who will try to identify them from my blurry photo. At least they were not bedbugs, and didn't come home with us.

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July 28, 20170 found this helpful

Entomologist at UTD could not tell what they are. Dermatologist thinks Iam nuts. Sores from bites for 2 years now, even with 3 doses of Ivermectin and 4 of various antibiotics.


Still have the bites/scars. First noticed after going through very old cardboard boxes at work.

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May 28, 20190 found this helpful

you are not crazy. I have the same since August. I throw away 90% of my home. either from can't or my friend car. don't know what to do except natural essentials, teatree, euroliptrs, but alcohol definitely works on clothes before washing

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May 28, 20190 found this helpful

yes mites, alcohol works

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October 27, 20190 found this helpful

Hello, They look to large to be a mite as they are normally As small as a period size but I could be wrong.

Try the Purdue University Website if you get this.
1. Look for a University near you that has a Entomology Department if indoor pests
2. Uploaded photo of a Link I found to fill out form as a SAMPLE ONLY to mail in insects to be identified can be found on Iniversity website


you must put in alcohol I noticed you had in a baggie
I use those little tiny useless Baby size plasticware you get in a set to collect my samples to collect by date
I collect after mopping
A week later
Different Rooms
Out of bed
Just to see if I found if any thing is different ?

Also, Orkin and the CDC both have a list of pest identification with pictures for you to view to try to identify your bug!

If your big bits or burrows in the skin that will really help you narrow down your search.

I called my county health department they did help me there are two departments 1. The nurse and 2. Environmental so please keep calling dont give up!

Good luck

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June 9, 20170 found this helpful

When the owner puts the bugs in a sealed plastic bag, make sure she doesn't crush them. I'm not sure what it is. Maybe it's a bug not in the United States.

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February 23, 20180 found this helpful

Hi I recognize them and suffering from from skin problem even though the actually bugs are gone. These are black carport bugs

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August 25, 20170 found this helpful

Merchant beetles

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November 3, 20170 found this helpful

Some of us neighbors find these in couches and kitchen and do not know what they are. I found them in my bed but on the mattress cover only.


They are tiny but since I have a very clean bed I noticed them and decided to look at them under a magnifying glass. They are dead but what the hey and how are they getting there?

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