Unseen Biting Bugs

For the last few weeks, we have been bitten off and on. We notice the bites the most in the morning. And at night is when the bites are the most itchy. I haven't had bites this itchy before in my life. (They cause me to lose sleep.)

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We thought it was bed bugs so we got rid of an old couch. (Upon further examination, we didn't find anything in the couch or the bed frame we threw away.) And put our mattress in a bag. However, we only found one bug that looked like a bed bug. We have looked everywhere else and we don't see evidence of it.

The first week, I went to my doctor since the bites were inflammed. She didn't know what it was and prescribed something for allergies. It made me itch worse so I stopped applying it. The only thing that has helped me is to ice the area or put some Sting Ease by Quantum on it.

My boyfriend just put some diatomaceous earth down tonight so we hope to see something get caught in it.

I'm starting to wonder if it might be a mold mite or something, but I don't know what a mold mite bite looks like. We also randomly feel itchy like a bug is on us, but we think we are just overreacting.

Another thing to note: A couple of weeks ago we just had a hole near the window sealed up in our bedroom. This is where we had a water leak in our room that started about a year and a half ago.

And currently, we are in our living room on air mattresses.

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June 25, 20180 found this helpful

It could be bird mites. You will need an exterminator.

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June 25, 20180 found this helpful

Perhaps fleas from a nearby animal

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June 25, 20180 found this helpful

You don't mention where you live. The worst itching and bug experience I ever has was when I lived in northern Virginia and had chigger bites around this same time of year...mid June.

The bites looked like this (I never actually saw the bug, the urgi care doc told me what the bite was from):

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I never heard of the bugs before. It was a nightmare.

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This site has the best solution for getting rid of them. Boiled water works best for cleaning, wear heavy, waterproof gloves so you don't get burned. If you feel they are in your clothes or bedsheets, soak them in a bucket of boiling water, then wash on hot. Dry on hot. I had to throw out shoes as I kept getting bit on my feet and couldn't boil shoes.

If you actually see a bug, look at images of chiggers online. If that isn't what it is, jar one up, seal tight, double bag and take to a hardware store or garden shop to ID. That way you get an expert to tell you what it is and best way to get rid of them!

Good luck! I feel your pain!

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June 25, 20180 found this helpful

I live in Idaho by a river.

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June 26, 20180 found this helpful

Your state has a list of most common bug bites. Chiggers are on there as are the mites that someone else suggested. These are small and often not seen at first. Mosquito are often found around water, but you usually hear or see those (they can be very much in your face):

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It would be helpful if you could find examples of the critter and then match it to a photo to know exactly what you are dealing with because different critters have different best way to get rid of them. This site shows common bugs for your state.

www.insectidentification.org/insects-by-type-and-region.asp?thisState...

If you find one and can't match it to a picture, jar it up, seal the lid tightly so it doesn't get out and bite again and take it to a garden shop or hardware store to have them ID it.

Good luck! Be sure to keep an eye out on the bites to make sure you don't get infected! I am super allergic to most bug bites so this is always on my mind.

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June 26, 20180 found this helpful

Thank you. I will look at this website. So far, I have only seen one bug and the bites don't look like chiggers or anything else.

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I also haven't seen any mosquitos.

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June 26, 20180 found this helpful

I think a trip to the hardware or garden store with a bug in a jar is your best bet to get a correct ID. There are solutions once you know what you are up against. Good luck and sending up healing thoughts and prayers!

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