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Biting Insects in Carpet

I have a 10 year old son with cerebral palsy who has his face to the floor while he plays cause he can't sit up on his own. He has got these bites on different parts of his body. It's too late in the season for fleas. So what could it be that is biting him? And how do I get rid of the problem in my carpet? THANKS!


Sheila from Flint, Michigan

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October 19, 20070 found this helpful

Don't be so sure that it is too late in the season for fleas. I am in Wisconsin and just had to flea bomb my house yesterday because they were so bad. When we went to the vet to get flea medicine for our puppy they said this has been one of the worst years for fleas.

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May 15, 20170 found this helpful

Thank you for the info

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By Barbara (Guest Post)
October 19, 20071 found this helpful

A few years I had a flea problem that quickly got out of hand. Money was too tight for an exterminator so I did some (quick) research. I discovered that the easiest way to kill fleas was to spread 20 Mule Team Borax on the carpet, the furniture, under the beds...wherever a flea might hide.


The directions are easy: sprinkle it on, brush it into the carpet with a broom, and leave it there 24 hours. After that time you vacuum it up and the flea problem is gone. I was amazed that it worked so quickly and efficiently.

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October 19, 20070 found this helpful

I'd say fleas too we haven't had a frost yet, besides indoor fleas can live and breed forever. Try frontline on the pets.

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October 22, 20070 found this helpful

If not fleas, is it an allergy to something in the carpet?
Actually, I'm still getting bitten when I go to stores, so something nasty is still in the carpet.

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October 22, 20070 found this helpful

I agree don't discount fleas, but it may also be spider babies. If your weather has been damp lately or your home is prone to spiders, they will bite for lack of other prey.


I am allergic to them myself and get itchy welts from them.

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By Linda (Guest Post)
October 22, 20070 found this helpful

Try spreading out a clean sheet for him to play on.

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October 22, 20070 found this helpful

its not to late in the season for fleas i repeat its not to late i have them and wish to get rid of them i vacume a lot i have sprayed flea stuff and sprinkled they are still there. help!!!! (Shelia i am your fellow neighbor in Detroit)

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October 23, 20070 found this helpful




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November 26, 20180 found this helpful

Get a flea collar that lasts 8 months and u want have any more fleas

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October 23, 20070 found this helpful

rent you a carpet cleaner and you will get rid of them. any grocerie store rents them and some include the liquid clearner detergent. you can rent one for 24-49 hours for about 25 dollars. you'll also get up dust mites there eggs and any type powders or such that you may have tried to use for fleas that may be causing him a skin reaction.

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By Loretta (Guest Post)
November 19, 20071 found this helpful

I would suggest you get a carpet spray or powder that has an IGR (insect growth regulator). This is soooo important! If you don't, you will keep buying the same products over and over because you will kill only the adults and leave the eggs and larvae behind to hatch later. There are many different kinds of indoor bugs that can bite. Pick a product, one that has a wide range of the kinds of bugs it destroys.


Zodiac, Enforcer, Zema and Adams are good. You can find them at hardware stores, home stores, and on the net. I just learned this myself. It took me 3 months and a pile of money before I stumbled onto this. It could be fleas, silverfish, firebrats, lice, carpet beetles, spiders, etc.. You could have several different kinds and not know it, depending on how long the problem has been around. Good luck!

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By quiverful7 (Guest Post)
November 19, 20070 found this helpful

It could possibly be mites. If you have seen the "culprit", you can call a pest control company like Terminex, describe the bug/insect, and they can give you some suggestions. In my situation, my family began to break out in hives and we couldn't figure out what was causing them. We also began to see these red, circular, flat bugs. The peculiar thing was that we only would break out when we sat on this particular (used) couch that was given to us by friends.


Terminex told us they were mites, get rid of the couch, then vacuum and vacuum excessively. We didn't need any kind of chemicals, and Terminex didn't need to come to our home. They let us know that foggers would be useless and that mites can live in extreme temperatures (heat and cold). Hope this helps.

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By Hawkeye Exterminating Inc. (Guest Post)
December 5, 20070 found this helpful

Sounds like fleas. Fleas will last all year inside no matter what the weather is outside. A female flea can lay 50eggs a day and over 2000 in a lifetime, even if your pet is being treated you will need to treat inside your home to kill all the eggs, larva and pupae. Fleas lay eggs deep within beds, carpet, sofas,etc..anything fabric. when you walk or sit you cause a vibration and that makes fleas excited so they will jump on you bite you and jump off, but even if you go out you can carry them with you and continue to get bit. If pets have a product like Frontline..not shampoo's or flea collar, and a pest control company sprays out the inside of home you will be pest free after 2 weeks..pest control company will have you do some prep work before spraying.

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By klee54 (Guest Post)
December 8, 20070 found this helpful

I know the invisible bitting things are some kinds of mites. They cause an itch that makes you crazy and bites that sting, hurt and cause bumps and welts on your skin. Not only are they in carpet, but can be transfered to any kind of surface. This problem has consumed my life and I'm convinced that prayer is my only hope.

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August 7, 20160 found this helpful

Try moth balls the old fashion kind that's what I used about four boxes for my two bedroom apartment and I have been resting and sleeping very well you will get use to the smell

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April 23, 20170 found this helpful

Read the box that you are not allowed to breathe the vapors from the balls, so how did you distribute them.

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By Kris (Guest Post)
February 2, 20080 found this helpful

These "bugs" are very very small and black, I didn't really have a problem with them until I used a carpet cleaner, and perhaps too much, guess they liked it. What is very frustrating is that our home is only 3 years old - I've noticed them in my sisters room, she owns the home, as well and I am fairly sure they are in my bed as well, because they don't look like the bed bug description that is given.

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By anaonomous (Guest Post)
March 17, 20080 found this helpful

As you've said it could be fleas but could someone please tell me if a carpet beetle is harmful to a cat? We found a bunch of them in her food bowl and in her cat food bag! now she is sick! I don't know what to do!

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By Sam (Guest Post)
June 12, 20080 found this helpful

I have used everything from Ortho Home Defense, a spray for mange mites, commercial pest control, a mixture of things that aren't even on the market anymore. Things that are hazardous to pets and people! Each time I find new dead bugs on top of my carpets. They started in one room due to a water heater going out and soaking my carpet. Now they are everywhere---even on my outdoor carpet on the porch.

The main culprit is a little black biting bug shaped like a triangle with a tail, barely visible. (I have a magnifying glass). Now my dog has ear mites and I am itching and breaking out. I don't know if it has anything to do with this particular demon bug, but it is all happening simultaneously. We are going in now to take a lice shampoo as a temporary fix until I get to WalMart and come up with something else.

Does anyone know what these things are and how to get rid of them? I am a very good housekeeper and have almost white carpet throughout my house. (Berber) These things morph into different colors and intertwine with the different carpet threads. Any suggestions are appreciated. And yes, I have shampooed at least once every six months. Please help me. I feel like Job. I live in a lake area and have a lot of trees, flora and fauna. It's ruining what could be my Garden of Eden.

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November 15, 20150 found this helpful

What your describing may be SpringMites. Have you noticed if the tail folds under the body. It's sometimes hard to see the tail. If it is SpringMites.
Ive yet to find anything. My dad is infested with something and I'm looking for him.

If you have a smartphone, they make a smartphone microscope. I just bought mine and waiting for delivery. I hear a toy store like Toys For Use may have them $20 aprox.
Use clear packing tape to catch the mites. If they are jumping mites, Get a tall box about knee high. Apply strips of tape all over the box - upright (Meaning = do not stick to box). Then attach these strips around the edges with tape attaching them to box. Stand box up tall. Do not attach tape to bottom. If you noticed the mites more active or aggressive while vacuuming, Put the box near you and vacuum away. Or you could attach clear tape to your legs sticky side out away from skin. Use this method to catch mites if they are jumpers. And you notice being bit from them. Otherwise if they are crawling mites, Attach clear tape in the following manner : Cut off about 3 feet of tape.
Fold it in half - sticky side up. Now it should be 1, 1/2 feet long. Now lay them on the floor in the most active areas. Trying to get as flat as possible without touching the sticky side. Collect the mites.

Find a local veterinarian that has experience with small parasites. They attack animals too! Or find a entomologists that deals with Arachnid's.(Yeah, mites are in the spider and crab family due to having 8 legs.) Surprised me too.It's just a way used to classifying them. They are not considered insects or bugs because of this classification.
Oh, you cannot get rid of the mite till you identify them. Exterminator cannot get rid of them. My dad has paid $4500 for the works with No success. None !

You can contact your state or local Urban Entomology Department. Heres Texas A & M University's Website. Look at top left corner of page. Click Bug Bites.
Bare in mind, If your investigating about sn invisible bug biting you, People are being shunned-off as being: Delusional Parasotosis
As imagining things... But my dad breaks out with bites all over him big tim when vacuuming...Looks like red moles or large pimples ..
I don't know anything else at this time. . I was told by the professor that 90% Of stuff on the internet was bogus.
I don't know. .. Ps. Take notice what area most active. If in garden area outside. Around from a rodent that has migrated in house,etc...This info will help indentify..

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June 6, 20170 found this helpful

I was praying for guidance on what to do about the bugs I cannot see. I have spent hundreds of dollars trying to get them out my carpet. I believe I transferred them from my work area that was had old carpet. I am going try everything you wrote. Did it work for anyone?

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June 19, 20080 found this helpful

HI They recently opened an old office at work that had been locked for over a year and I spent the night inside as I do security work. After just 5 minutes, I was itching like crazy all over and in the morning I was red raw. Two weeks later, I had red lumps on many areas of my body.There was no carpet or furniture in the office, just a concrete floor and bare walls. I couldn't see what was actually biting me, they certainly were not fleas or ticks or anything that could be seen with the naked eye.

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By cjj (Guest Post)
August 15, 20080 found this helpful

I too I'm constantly being bitting by something that I can't see. It only happens while I'm sitting at my computer, and there is NO carper in that room. The bites are always around my ankles, legs and have move up toward my hands and arms. I can't see them with the naked eye but the bites really hurt and itch. I am now rubbing alcohol on me all the time. I was told that these are tiny fleas, and I have never own a pet. My crawl space do have the plastic down and I can't possible see it being fleas, what is bitting me. this only happens in that room.

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By nd (Guest Post)
August 26, 20080 found this helpful

I have the same problem, invisible bugs jumping and biting my legs. It's only in my bedroom, which is carpeted. No real marks, except I scratch, and apparently scratch in my sleep until I get very small scabs.

At about the same time I had what I believe to be termites coming in through a crack in the window frame, so I went ballistic and literally sat around for hours squishing these things, and sealed up the window frame with caulk.

Anyways, they stopped coming, but the invisible biters have not. I vacuum and they seem undeterred, so I think I'll be shampooing the carpets, and see if that helps.

If it's successful, I'll be sure to post.

Also, your allergies can change as age, and as a kid I was allergic to some chemical that was sprayed in my elementary school's carpets. I would break out in hives, and get a stuffy nose. Try a machine washable blanket in response to your child being on the floor.

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By tami (Guest Post)
September 16, 20080 found this helpful

omg I have the same prob. We just moved into our new apartment. Within the 2 weeks, I, my son and brother have been getting bit by something around our leg area and I can't seem to find what or where it is?

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By jd (Guest Post)
October 13, 20080 found this helpful

I once had fleas in carpet that started in the living room and quickly multiplied throughout the house. The vet gave the dogs frontline and gave me a aerosol can of "Siphotrol" The fleas would bite and then just disappear, it was really maddening. Anyways, the Siphotrol was sprayed everywhere and all the bedding, etc. was washed at one time at the laundromat. We never saw them again. PS bug bombs will only kill the adult fleas but the vet stuff killed everything.

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By have called off for 2 weeks already! (Guest Post)
November 22, 20080 found this helpful

I am in Kentucky and having the same problem. only now I can somewhat see them and they are so tiny that I went and got a microscope! some are white and stuck to the walls. some are black and in anything with fabric! greyish in clothes. You definitely can see something but I don't know what! they are most active at around 2-5 am but I feel them all day. I have 2 daughters and a single mom and cant afford to have all of these non educated exterminators coming in and telling me not to vacuum! that is the only kind of peace I get is when I vacuum.

My youngest daughter was the first to notice. one exterminator told me that it was the weather change, so I gave him samples i pulled from my laundry and he said it was just lint, but lint doesn't leave a tar in your clothes when dried on high heat! And it stinks like crap! lol! I am losing it! I have been steam vacuuming my butt off! It helps, but not long enough! Please, please, help!

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May 22, 20190 found this helpful

Same here, this all started for me last Oct. I'm in Southern CA, so Oct it's in the 90s. I have MS and they came in on the new stove/oven Best Buy delivered an hooked up. These bites are horrific. My 14 yr old son isn't bothered by then all. Meaning
they leave him the heck alone. But the ER Dr told me because I have MS and take weekly injections that supress my immunes sytem as well is why I'm being attacked. But today I called the city and apparently it's dirt or just a leaf or ur paint is fading n that's the dust from ur paint. On then WTF is causing these bites that ur ass sees in me. My paint dust, or the thing that is a bug that u think is lint is not. It's bird mites from my neighbor and her dang ginormous white duck she shouldn't have in our residential area. But they mess up your entire home. An take on the color of whatever they attach to. An in the vacuum it looks like your sucking up tiny cotton balls. But they're bird mites. An I'm convinced they're never going to stop f@#king with me. An they make s buzziing sound but you can't see them but they chased me from my car to my neighbors house. I thought wtheck am I losing my mind. Then my neighbor said do you think it's your MS medicine causing you to think you have bugs. I said we'll do you think it's my MS med that is leaving these red triangle bite with 3 darker red dots in the middle of the triangle shapped bite your looking at on my face. Idk I've tried everything. I went to the dollar store yesterday an bought they're carpet spray because that $ store stuff is string chemicals. Well it just made them mad an I had to leave my home

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By GirlDealingWithSameIssue (Guest Post)
December 30, 20080 found this helpful

I just moved into a new apartment and they claim the carpetting is new however in the dining area which for some strange reason has carpetting, I walk by and am getting bitten up on my legs and back. I am so worried that the mites in the carpetting will spread to the rest of the apartment before I am able to move. They got in my clothes even and I had to throw some items away because watching them didn't get the itchy mites out of the fabric :(. I have come to the conclusion that the only thing I can do is move to a new apartment asap where there are hardwood floors rather than carpetting. Yeah for hardwood floors!

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By Zina (Guest Post)
January 11, 20090 found this helpful

I'm bothered by something biting my legs, arms and even my face. It only happens in my computer room which is carpeted. I have used all types of sprays, vacuum regularly and even shampooed. I have decided to remove the carpet but I noticed that someone else wrote that they have the same problem on uncarpeted floor.

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June 26, 20130 found this helpful

Silverfish especially the one about getting in to pet food and they love hair material the lot I lived in a damp area three houses same problem the last house was infested with them app mash potato and alum powder mixed put in the four corners of all rooms should rectify it.

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