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I believe this bit me all night [a: Salticidae, jumping spider]

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  1. global24

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    I recently stayed in an Airbnb at a Delaware beach and noticed itchy, small bites all over my body after I was home the next day. Then I saw this crawling on my rolling suitcase after I was back home. Not a bed bug, but what could it be? I'm assuming this is what was biting me. It crawled somewhat quickly, and I noticed it jump a couple times, a few inches at a time. I had also brought the same suitcase to Juarez, Mexico a couple of days prior.

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    That's a spider. Lou could give you the proper name.
    Delaware offers such great things as mosquitoes, gnats, midges, chiggers, ticks, all kindsa good stuff. And if you drove down to Chincoteague or Assateague you know about the brutal local mosquitoes on those islands.

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    From Juarez to Bethany, that's a strange travel itinerary.

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    Metacyrba punctata: a jumping spider.

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    global24: "I'm assuming this is what was biting me. It crawled somewhat quickly, and I noticed it jump a couple times, a few inches at a time."
    Don't assume. Jumping spider, a member of the family Salticidae. It has good vision and also will turn its cephalothorax and look at you. This is a male and he was in search of a female.

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    Thanks everyone. I was actually in Dewey Beach. But I'm now a little concerned that this jumping spider is just a red herring, and I really slept in a bed with bed bugs. I had itchy little bites (pic below) all over my body. Seems like it'd be unusual for a jumping spider to feast on a human like that from what I'm reading.

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    I've spent many a day on the eastern shore and there are plenty of critters that bite both inside and outdoors. If it would ease your fears you could install a passive monitor and check it for a few weeks just in case.

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    global24 - 42 minutes ago  » 
    Thanks everyone. I was actually in Dewey Beach. But I'm now a little concerned that this jumping spider is just a red herring, and I really slept in a bed with bed bugs. I had itchy little bites (pic below) all over my body. Seems like it'd be unusual for a jumping spider to feast on a human like that from what I'm reading.

    Just because you found the spider doesn't mean the skin lesion is from it. I can assure you that it's not from the spider. As BD said, use some monitors - bed bugs is not necessarily the only answer.


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