Identifying Tiny Black and White Bugs?

I'm hoping someone can help me. I have an infestation, but have no idea what these bugs are. I get bit and they bite hard and there's always a very small white residue like salt left. They go on my clothes and I can pick them out. The black bugs are like pepper. I don't see anything flying hopping or crawling. They don't try to run away nor do I see legs on them. They seem to go for my face a lot. I'm constantly scratching my nose and cleaning my eyes. I have put diatomaceous earth down but it doesn't seem to affect them. I'm going crazy, can someone please tell me what these are? I'd be extremely grateful.


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December 12, 20200 found this helpful

These are called Ceratopogonidae- better known as Biting Midges or No-See-Ums . They carry a painful ,itchy bite , leaving lesions. To get rid of them , Deet , eucalyptus oil, lcaridin. Or if uncontrolled contact a professional,

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December 12, 20200 found this helpful

It's difficult to tell from the bites as several bugs can leave marks like this. As to the 'white residue' left after a bite - I do not believe that I have heard of this.
A friend has been doing battle with what is commonly described as 'no-see-ums' and she is using Windex all over everything in her house (that can take moisture) and she says it has helped. She also took a lot of her clothing and placed it in the dryer on high heat for a few minutes (also her bedding) so that might be helping also.

These bugs really bite and the itching can be extreme. Most of these bugs are really Biting Midges, Biting Gnats, or even Sand Flies. They are so small they can get through screens on windows.

There are several ways to stop the itching or at least slow it down.
Hot water will make the bite itch even more but something to try is Listerine. Rub it one the bites while in the shower and wait a few minutes for it to work but do not rinse or wipe off.
Some people use underarm deodorant on the bite to help stop the itching.
Of course, wiping the bite with rubbing alcohol is an old standby.
How about applying toothpaste to the affected area? Haven't tried that.
Try making a paste with baking soda & water and rubbing it on the bite.
Any of these may work for the itching but will not get rid of the bugs.

There are some suggestions on this site but you'll have to adjust any suggestion to your life circumstances.

Here is a video showing how to make a DIY home spray.

It may be a good idea to contact your local county extension agency and ask for help as they will be more aware of the types of insects/bug that are the most prevalent in your area and this is part of their job.

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December 12, 20200 found this helpful

They can be bird mites.

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