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Bug ID Please! 3 different bugs. [a: rodent or bird mites, psocids, beetles]

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  1. nybugged

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    Hello. I have been getting bit occasionally over the past 5 months but more importantly I have been feeling occasional low level crawling almost every day, mostly in my hair and face. This is truly a nightmare. I am moving out of my apartment but begging for a bug id from the posted photos.

    There are 3 types of bugs in the pics.

    The first photos are of a bug, i think a psocid - there has been water damage in this apartment building since the hurricane last year. Next to the psocid is another bug the size of a period at the end of a sentence. It has 8 legs. The electronic microscope i have is not as powerful as the regular microscope I also have. Under the regular microscope it looks like a some kind of mite.

    The 2nd photo is of a few other bugs which I think are more psocids.

    The 3rd photo set is of an unknown bug. It looks too long for a bed bug? This is the size of a small case letter "i".

    I hope someone can help with these photos. I am at my wits end.

    Thank you so much!

    1. http://www.flickr.com/photos/85426472@N02/7885333558/
    1. http://www.flickr.com/photos/85426472@N02/7885333370/
    2. http://www.flickr.com/photos/85426472@N02/7885333454/
    3. http://www.flickr.com/photos/85426472@N02/7885333962/
    3. http://www.flickr.com/photos/85426472@N02/7885333854/

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    Wed Aug 29 2012 7:53:30
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    I see psocids, a mite (maybe a bird mite), and a beetle (I think a flour beetle).

    Sean

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    Wed Aug 29 2012 11:23:00
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    Psocoptera (booklice), a mite (sclerotized, not the typical bird mite), small beetle (possibly a latridiid species, but not sure of its true size and also a little dark). Too bad the images aren't a larger size with more resolution.

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    Wed Aug 29 2012 23:52:27
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    Thank you for the replies and Id assistance. I have added larger size images for the mite, but unfortunately I could not get good resolution at the same time.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/85426472@N02/7891747408/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/85426472@N02/7891747516/

    Two obvious questions.
    1. I live in Manhattan. Is it possible to drop off / submit these for id at the AMNH or somewhere else?

    2. I have been reading so much trying to deal with this. Can anyone confirm if mites can now live on humans? I read on some sites they can now live on humans, while others say they will leave humans alone after a few weeks if their usual hosts (birds, rats, etc) are eliminated.

    I have had this problem ON me for around 6 months now. Is this because they are still in my environment, or are they living on me?!!

    Thank you for all your additional assistance! I can not say thank you enough.

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    Thu Aug 30 2012 16:08:10
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    Yes, I can look at these. I'll be in the museum tomorrow. The mite examples you pictured are not those that burrow in our skin. These are external feeders, external parasites. They should be either rodent or bird mites.

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    I am now dealing with rat mites. I can pretty confidently say that I don't think they live on you per se and they still need their preferred host of mouse or rat or rodent to continue breeding, so far as I know. However these little guys live for six weeks and unless you can eliminate rodent hosts altogether in the area you live your chances of having these little guys hang around for a long time are probably pretty good. In my case I think it's a matter of there maybe are more mites around than there are rodents and my bed is located close to an external wall with a broken crawlspace screen where rodents can easily get in and nest. So I'm just sort of there as extra food for them. Not a lovely thought, but I think that's what is happening.

    I don't think they live in and on our bodies. I know the scabies mite does, but that's the only one I know of that does that. Otherwise so far as bird and rat mites go I think humans likely make rather bad hosts for them since we bathe and shower and change clothing alot, which will eliminate anything hanging around when you get up in the morning. From my own experiences I've come to the conclusion that the crawling sensations and feelings that there are live bugs on you maybe are more of an allergic immune system response. I say this because I have taken regular showers, scrubbed my hair and skin down thoroughly and yet still have the same crawling sensations afterwards. But I take a soothing lukewarm bath with colloidal oatmeal (Aveeno makes a great one) then put lavendar and aloe vera lotion on my skin afterwards the crawling sensations are gone.

    Stay away from the websites that scare and alarm you with tales that sound highly implausible or even suggest you do things that can put your health at risk-i.e. the person who claimed they got rid of the mites by bathing in rubbing alcohol? I looked up information on university websites instead where you can get facts without the more questionable highly emotionally charged assertions that may or may not be true. Not that I don't think that people on such sites are not suffering, but I think alot of what people perceive may actually just be the body's immune system responses coupled with disturbed sleep patterns and physical irritation and pain from the bites.

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    Posted 6 years ago
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    Thank you all for your input !


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