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Please ID bugs found in beacons (3 beacons in 3 different rooms)

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  1. KrazyMommaBear

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    Beacon 1
    image2 (1) by Michael Keller, on Flickr

    Beacon 2
    image1 (1) by Michael Keller, on Flickr

    Beacon 3
    Bug in question on the right:
    image3 by Michael Keller, on Flickr

    A little closer
    image4 by Michael Keller, on Flickr

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    Hi,

    The common bug in question between the images are booklice or pscocids. The other possibility for biting is the gnats in beacon 3.

    Booklice can be an indicator species to environmental issues that cause skin reactions that can look just like bites. There is a fair about written about them on the forum and in int he advanced educational section of my home site.

    Hope that helps.

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    There's what looks like a springtail (larger one) in Image 4 in addition to to the book louse, but not sure about the other light-colored specimen. Could be another springtail. Image 2,1,4 book lice. Image 3 dark-winged fungus gnats, and are not biting flies.

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    Thank you both so much! I'm finding different info online about springtails..... can they bite or not? (clearly they aren't "invisible" as I had read elsewhere.)

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    KrazyMommaBear - 32 minutes ago  » 
    Thank you both so much! I'm finding different info online about springtails..... can they bite or not? (clearly they aren't "invisible" as I had read elsewhere.)

    No, they're not invisible, but can be very small. There is some discussion on whether or not they do bite. There have been some posts on various sites stating that they bite, but also in some of these posts the offending "insect" has not been collected and identified, only ID of springtail is due to "bite-like" reaction experienced.

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    loubugs - 12 hours ago  » 

    KrazyMommaBear - 32 minutes ago  » 
    Thank you both so much! I'm finding different info online about springtails..... can they bite or not? (clearly they aren't "invisible" as I had read elsewhere.)

    No, they're not invisible, but can be very small. There is some discussion on whether or not they do bite. There have been some posts on various sites stating that they bite, but also in some of these posts the offending "insect" has not been collected and identified, only ID of springtail is due to "bite-like" reaction experienced.

    Thanks so much!!

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    Hi,

    They can be an indicator of mold or fungal spore levels if found in significant numbers.

    I have seen a highly unusual case where the only samples found in the home and on the person were hexapods. The occupant was treated by their doctor with no other changes to the property and the symptoms ceased, but it is still just the one case out of tens of thousands of cases so its a rare occurrence at best.

    As a general rule of thumb they are the kind of thing I would rule out initially and come back to later only in the complete absence of a more likely cause.

    If your symptoms persist and you find them in significant number PM me and I will let you know what advise I gave her GP to look into (as it is medical information I would rather not share it publicly but would speak with others if they can confirm this is the cause of issue in their case).

    David

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    bed-bugscouk - 3 hours ago  » 
    Hi,
    They can be an indicator of mold or fungal spore levels if found in significant numbers.
    I have seen a highly unusual case where the only samples found in the home and on the person were hexapods. The occupant was treated by their doctor with no other changes to the property and the symptoms ceased, but it is still just the one case out of tens of thousands of cases so its a rare occurrence at best.
    As a general rule of thumb they are the kind of thing I would rule out initially and come back to later only in the complete absence of a more likely cause.
    If your symptoms persist and you find them in significant number PM me and I will let you know what advise I gave her GP to look into (as it is medical information I would rather not share it publicly but would speak with others if they can confirm this is the cause of issue in their case).
    David

    Thank you very much! I will!


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