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Tiny Pin Sized Red "Bites". Anyone Know What This Could Be?

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  1. Rob11

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    Posted 2 months ago
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    I've posted on here a fair bit recently. My girlfriend and I have been getting bites for the last 10 days. Some look bigger and some are tiny red pin size marks. I also noticed some marks that look like tiny blood vessels surfaced near the red mark.
    All of my bug and bite images can be found here - https://robj82.imgur.com/all/

    We've found no signs of bed bugs (poo/blood stains, casings, etc), only one suspicious bug on my finger (in gallery) and about 6, what I believe to be bird mites (also in gallery). We've had some pigeons roost near our chimney lately.

    Any help is greatly appreciated!

    Thanks,

    Rob.

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    Posted 2 months ago
    Wed Oct 4 2017 3:38:25
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    Pictures don't show. Best way of you have skin reactions like this is to go to a doctor and not let people in the internet analyse this. Skin reactions can be anything even chicken pox like in another thread.

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    Posted 2 months ago
    Wed Oct 4 2017 14:20:44
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    Here is the proper link - https://imgur.com/a/gJbQy

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    I agree that the bug looks like a mite of some kind, maybe a bird or rodent mite, Lou should be able to confirm.

    I am not an expert, any advice I give should be considered as amateur advice and not taken as fact. I mean well with all my posts and try to give back. If you plan on using any of my advice, I suggest doing research into said advice to make sure it is in your best interest.
    Study on Thermal Death Points(pages 18-29 of pdf) : http://www.propanecouncil.org/uploadedFiles/Council/Research_and_Development/REP_12221%20Efficacy%20of%20Heat%20on%20Bed%20Bugs.pdf
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    Lou actually already answered his questions in another post. He agreed it was a bird (foul) mite. I'd work on getting rid of the birds in/near your chimney and then something put up to deter them from coming back or you'll continue to have problems. Bird mites are nasty critters to try and get rid of (I grew up on an Indiana farm) so I wouldn't waste any more time trying to diagnose your bites, you've found your culprits, now you need to call a PCO that specializes in bird mites ASAP, it can take months to rid your home of them entirely, sometimes longer.

    There's a book called "The Year of the Mite", I read it last year, it's written by someone who contracted foul mites in real life, it's full of useful info on how to combat them and how to prevent re-infestation.

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    Rob11 - 2 hours ago  » 
    Here is the proper link - https://imgur.com/a/gJbQy

    Answered on other post that the arthropods are mites and based on your explanation, bird mites.

    Professional entomologist/arachnologist. I consult on all matters dealing with insects and arachnids, including those of natural history and biology to pest management and forensic entomology investigations.

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