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My clothes are biting me but not BB! Black dots/flakes, white lint

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  1. Shakeywood

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    At first I thought I had BB, but after talking at length with the exterminator and mentioning that there had been no blood spots in the bed, she told me I didn't have them. Then I mentioned that I'm bitten when I put clothes on and I have resorted to adding boiling water to the washing machine and that hasn't helped much.

    She called back and said they had discussed it in the office and that it sounded like lint bugs, but she'd never heard of them. She asked if I could collect any samples and they would send them to an entomology professor at the university to ID. I've taken her quite a few!

    I now pre wash all my clothes, by hand in boiling water, and it's amazing the various stages of the lifecycle that comes out in the water! The tiny black dots are the most prevalent, followed by a larger black bug, a triangular shaped black flake, a nearly transparent something (possibly a shed shell or casing), a red dot with tiny "tail", and finally, though only occasionally, the little white lint pieces. There are also what appears to be tiny bits of string floating around, and when the water is drained out there's a crystallized layer in the bottom of the sink or tub. I've also found little crystal bits on the bed, too. Oh, they're in my hair now, yeah me.

    I've read other posts where this has become extreme. Some people have had success using Windex with ammonia or Lysol and spray everything with it, clothes, linens, walls, furniture, carpet and car interiors. I tried Windex yesterday as a "what the hell", and the suckers started showing up on my bed, 10x more than I have seen before! I sprayed the carpet and then vacuumed, too early to tell. I've gone through a gallon in 24 hours, including pouring some on my head. I'm wondering if they're possibly airborne.

    Has anyone else experienced something similar? Any suggestions, ideas, remedies, prayers?
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    Mon Jan 2 2017 0:37:00
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    Please don't pour Windex or other products on your head or body.

    Sorry-- I don't know what that is but I don't think there's such a thing as "lint bugs".

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    There is no animal as "lint bugs". There is no such animal as "paper mites". These are just made up names to be able to place a name on a phenomenon that can't be identified. There are many sensations that can occur on the skin, but it doesn't mean that there is really some small creature causing them. Dark flakes, white flakes, lint, etc. occur in the environment and it doesn't mean that some animal such as an insect or mite (just because they are small) has to be the reason these objects exist.

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    Loubugs,
    Thank you for your professional input. I'm am well aware that the term "lint bug" is nickname for whatever these critters are. My "sensations" started about a month ago and getting dressed on a daily basis has become almost a comedy of errors, as in, let's see what article(s) of clothing will or will not bite me today!

    Do you have little white crunchy things in your bed every night...and every morning? I go over my sheets with a lint roller before I climb in, and before I fall asleep, there are more crunchy bits. There are more of them in the morning too. I don't have the "sensation" of bugs crawling on me during the night, thank goodness. I just get bitten, not so much in bed anymore, but from my clothes.

    Does the waistband of your underwear leave you with a rash of itchy bumps? If you took off your undies, plunged them into a sink of very hot water, 125 degrees +, and scrubbed the waistband in a few places, would you expect to see anything other that some fuzz or hair float out? Probably not. I get what I described in my initial post.

    I am not a nut case. I don't believe in superstitions or ghost stories. I am educated and basically pretty damned smart. I suspect that you've never personally experienced anything like this nor have had any solid scientific evidence to substantiate the claims. I have collected an additional number of samples and my hope is that I will be able to speak with our entomology professor once school resumes next week. If you would like, I could have her get in touch with you if she finds anything of merit in the samples that I give her.

    Basically these critters give a whole new meaning to the phase, "bite my ass!"

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    I don't think Lou is calling you a nut case. He gave you his professional advice/expertise. I think you are searching for a cause for these "bites" and are noticing something, due to your state of mind, that may have been there all along, even before the cause of your bites was even present. If your pco simply dismissed BBs because of the lack of blood stains or fecal matter(did they even thoroughly inspect), then I'd get a different pco. I've been dealing with bed bugs and I had no visible signs besides bites, no blood stains, no fecal, etc. The only thing that tipped us off was the bites and after a thorough inspection of our bed and couch, finally found a few instars. Not saying you have BBs cause its quite likely you dont, but don't completely dismiss it either. As for "bites" occurring not in bed but after you put clothing on, remember, some people have a delayed reaction to BB bites. I usually take a hour or two to show signs, which last about a hour and then they start to subside down the little red marks. You may be getting bit in bed, then not noticing until after you put clothes on. I hope you don't have BBs, as I wouldn't wish them on my worst enemy, but don't dismiss them completely.

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    Thanks for the feedback, though I think I'd rather have BB than these things! At least we can identify a BB and know how to effectively treat them...most of the time(?) Lol No one seems to know what any of these are.

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    Hi,

    Looking forward to images and hoping they are clear and in focus.

    I would also confirm windex is not the way forward and may actually make the matter worse by both drying your skin and changing the relative humidity of the room.

    I would also recommend you also keep your mind open to no insect / organism causes such as environmental and medical.

    At this stage the best thing you can do is generate those images so we can see what you see.

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    You are not crazy!! I have the EXACT SAME THING and they only bite my son and myself. My family is ready to send me away because I'm obsessed with cleaning up after I'm what but I can't relax to sleep in my own over sanitized bed without feeling like my private areas are under invasion! Help! If you have any updates please post them!

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    This is an older thread, you may want to start your own and post as much information as you can as well as any photos of suspected insects. Unfortunately photos of skin lesions/reactions aren't of much use to us, focus on the physical evidence.

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    We had issues with the tiny white bugs in our building. Our neighbors below us were having issues with piegons nesting under their AC units in the windows .It started in the kids room the were feeling bugs moving on the and biting ,they were hard to see then the mom spotted these tiny white specs crawling around on the kids dresser .She contacted her doctor he said they were probably bird mites.We eventually got them up in our place it's become a seasonal battle with them .It was recommended we use the RID stuff that is used for lice .We vacumed the rugs made sure we got into all of the corners by the wood work and the window sills also, then we spray the rid.There is a shampoo also because they have a tendency to go for the the hair .I also found powders for the carpets that I uses.Also make sure you are vacuuming your couches very well .They seem to disappear once the weather gets cold .You have to vacuum and repeat treatment for about 3 weeks to make sure you get them all . Make sure you wash your beding including blankets weekly in hot water and then into a hot drier.I remember within the last few year in the city Iive in a woman called 911 because she was being bit so bad by bugs she couldn't, see them turns outbirds again their mites got into her ac system she was covered in these tiny tiny bird mites they had to put her in one of those tyvec hazard suit to transport her to the hospital they had to deal louse her at the hospital .Then her home had to be fumigated to kill off the infestation in her home.

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    mojo172 - 2 weeks ago  » 
    We had issues with the tiny white bugs in our building. Our neighbors below us were having issues with piegons nesting under their AC units in the windows .It started in the kids room the were feeling bugs moving on the and biting ,they were hard to see then the mom spotted these tiny white specs crawling around on the kids dresser .She contacted her doctor he said they were probably bird mites.We eventually got them up in our place it's become a seasonal battle with them .It was recommended we use the RID stuff that is used for lice .We vacumed the rugs made sure we got into all of the corners by the wood work and the window sills also, then we spray the rid.There is a shampoo also because they have a tendency to go for the the hair .I also found powders for the carpets that I uses.Also make sure you are vacuuming your couches very well .They seem to disappear once the weather gets cold .You have to vacuum and repeat treatment for about 3 weeks to make sure you get them all . Make sure you wash your beding including blankets weekly in hot water and then into a hot drier.I remember within the last few year in the city Iive in a woman called 911 because she was being bit so bad by bugs she couldn't, see them turns outbirds again their mites got into her ac system she was covered in these tiny tiny bird mites they had to put her in one of those tyvec hazard suit to transport her to the hospital they had to deal louse her at the hospital .Then her home had to be fumigated to kill off the infestation in her home.

    Thank you so much for your post mojo172! I think this might be my problem. I have an appt with doc this Saturday. I hear birds every morning outside my window. It's not so pleasant when you think there might be a nest by your ac unit and mites getting in. For the last two weeks I have exactly what Shakeywood described.


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