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Bugs and insects that bite besides bed bugs

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  1. bitten123

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    Posted 10 years ago
    Wed Nov 19 2008 18:34:02
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    I posted earlier about finding a bug in my shirt and the bug was not a bed bug. This small bug made a rash bite appearance under my arm. I then squashed similar bug on my neck two days later and it left a rash bite that I thought at first was a bed bug bite but remembered I squashed the other tiny bug on my neck day earlier.

    The entomologist who has kindly been looking at my bug said he thinks it is a species of insect that resides in plants. He advised me to check plant for scale, psyllids.

    I only own one plant, a large ficus tree which I have examined before and not seen anything on, but it is a braided tree so there are hiding places. I did a google search of biting bugs and ficus trees and read about different types thrips that bite men. I am not saying my bug is a thrip, but I could see how soemone being bit by a thrip could think it would be a bed bug bite if they had been bitten before by bedbugs. Here is article: http://www.fcla.edu/FlaEnt/fe88p447.pdf
    What was interesting is that the reaction to man was listed as causing intense itching, rash, or raised wheels. More info on the biting guys here :
    http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/118619442/abstract

    This poor woman ended up being written up in a dermatologic article, they thought her head itching was all in her head (literally) http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/118619442/abstract

    I know you are wondering what my point is, but sometimes there are other insects/bug that things biting us besides bed bugs (or in addition to the bed bugs).

  2. MyWorstFear

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    Posted 10 years ago
    Wed Nov 19 2008 20:42:51
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    Bitten, so if this is what bit you, will just getting rid of the ficus tree be the end of it, or do they stay elsewhere? Did your bug look like a thrip? Lucky you that they aren't bed bugs!!!! Thanks for posting this, and remind me, not to buy a ficus!

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    Posted 10 years ago
    Wed Nov 19 2008 22:13:42
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    I'm not sure, and there was evidence of some fecal spotting on our bed (2 small spots) so chances are we had/have some bed bugs, or maybe one bed bug. We have been treated 3 times so hopefully they are gone.

    I just know that besides the bed bug bites, something else was biting us too. I am hoping to get the ficus out of the house tomorrow.

  4. CleverNameHere

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    Posted 10 years ago
    Thu Nov 20 2008 21:43:15
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    This seems to be similar to what I have been thinking - I have not yet found anything biting me, and PCO could find no signs. I don't see poops, even, but since we have found bed bugs at work I at first assumed this was the problem. Maybe, maybe not.

    My #1 suspect is mites - sadly there isn't a lot of info on mites out there, and not one single non-magnified photo of a mite.

    I will enjoy your research - here's my best two pages on mites:
    http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/ent/notes/Urban/mites.htm
    http://citybugs.tamu.edu/FastSheets/Ent-1025.html

    Mites: like to bite under tight clothing. Can come on rats, birds, or from plants.

  5. sodepressed

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    Posted 10 years ago
    Sun Nov 23 2008 0:32:18
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    im also still trying to figure out whats biting me. single small raised bumps that itches for only half hour at max and goes away. im the only one getting them.

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    Posted 10 years ago
    Sun Nov 23 2008 14:11:59
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    Would have edited above post, but for some reason can't. This thread is also really handy for those who don't know what is biting:

    http://bedbugger.com/forum/topic/more-about-mites-and-mystery-bites


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