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Old 09-27-2010, 09:21 AM
 
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Since I moved into my new place, I've been inundated with bug bites. I don't know if they're fleas, mosquitos, bed bugs or what.

At first I thought they were fleas from the dog that currently resides there, but I'm the only one getting bit, and I don't get new bites every day.
Last night, I got 4 new bites, but haven't had anything the previous couple of days.

Folks, the itching makes me want to kill myself; Does anyone have any idea what the bites could be from?

At first they look like mosquito bites (pink), then when the bites start to heal, the color spreads and turns dark red.

It's killing me!!

Any advice would be appreciated!
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Old 09-27-2010, 10:22 AM
 
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Since I moved into my new place, I've been inundated with bug bites. I don't know if they're fleas, mosquitos, bed bugs or what.

At first I thought they were fleas from the dog that currently resides there, but I'm the only one getting bit, and I don't get new bites every day.
Last night, I got 4 new bites, but haven't had anything the previous couple of days.

Folks, the itching makes me want to kill myself; Does anyone have any idea what the bites could be from?

At first they look like mosquito bites (pink), then when the bites start to heal, the color spreads and turns dark red.

It's killing me!!

Any advice would be appreciated!
It's not bed bugs. Bed bug bites are white and you'll see tell tale tiny red spots on your sheets. If you get the bites after walking through grass, it's possible you have chiggers where you walk. I've heard chiggers exist in Nova, although we don't happen to have them in my neck of the woods. If that's the case, avoid walking through the grass.
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Old 09-27-2010, 11:03 AM
 
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It's not bed bugs. Bed bug bites are white and you'll see tell tale tiny red spots on your sheets. If you get the bites after walking through grass, it's possible you have chiggers where you walk. I've heard chiggers exist in Nova, although we don't happen to have them in my neck of the woods. If that's the case, avoid walking through the grass.

Now that you mention it, I have been walking through the grass a lot to cut through parking lots or to take my roomate's dog out.
I'll see if not walking through the grass lessens the frequency of the bites.

Thanks Normie!
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Old 09-27-2010, 11:24 AM
 
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I just read that chigger bites often come in clusters; just to note, mine aren't.
They are random bites spaced widely apart.
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Old 09-27-2010, 01:42 PM
 
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I just read that chigger bites often come in clusters; just to note, mine aren't.
They are random bites spaced widely apart.
i'm currently dealing with at least 30 chigger bites, some are clustered and some are scattered, so i would take that under consideration

before i felt the first itch i noticed a tickling sensation on my arm, and was able to check it out under a microscope-they're right at the limit of what you can see with the unaided eye. this was the first time i had noticed them before they dug in for dinner. based on what you've described - especially the hellish itching- i'd guess you've got chiggers.

http://www.bradbury.org/jims-blog/wp...igger_dime.jpg

^not my picture, but this one's better to show how tiny they are.
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Old 09-27-2010, 02:54 PM
 
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Or they could be bites from no see ums--those bites are so aggravating.
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Old 09-27-2010, 03:16 PM
 
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I just read that chigger bites often come in clusters; just to note, mine aren't.
They are random bites spaced widely apart.
They also swell up like little blisters and can be quite painful because they're tender.

Fleas? The flea season was terrible this past summer. My poor cats got fleas this year and they never go outside. So the fleas were in the grass, sand, or traveled via us. The bites are small and itchy, randomly placed and typically below the knee. But they can be anywhere on your body if the fleas have made it to your furniture and bed. You won't be able to see the young ones (they're microscopic). The brown fleas in photos are already adults, some already laying eggs or about to.

Try Caladryl for the bites (to stop the itch) and spray your house and wash everything if you have fleas!
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Old 09-28-2010, 06:38 AM
 
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i'm currently dealing with at least 30 chigger bites, some are clustered and some are scattered, so i would take that under consideration

before i felt the first itch i noticed a tickling sensation on my arm, and was able to check it out under a microscope-they're right at the limit of what you can see with the unaided eye. this was the first time i had noticed them before they dug in for dinner. based on what you've described - especially the hellish itching- i'd guess you've got chiggers.

http://www.bradbury.org/jims-blog/wp...igger_dime.jpg

^not my picture, but this one's better to show how tiny they are.
Wow, they're almost transparent...I would never see those; especially in the dark!

Ugh, they're so gross...but from now on, I guess I'll try wearing socks when I go outside in the grass =/
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Old 09-28-2010, 06:43 AM
 
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Ugh, they're so gross...but from now on, I guess I'll try wearing socks when I go outside in the grass =/
Better yet, try to avoid walking through the grass in that particular area. I have to deal with chiggers when I go out to Arkansas, and trust me, staying on sidewalks and concrete in general is the only true way to avoid them if you know a certain field has them.
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Old 09-28-2010, 11:27 AM
 
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Better yet, try to avoid walking through the grass in that particular area. I have to deal with chiggers when I go out to Arkansas, and trust me, staying on sidewalks and concrete in general is the only true way to avoid them if you know a certain field has them.
If that's the case, how do you ward them off of pets?
We didn't have chiggers in CA (at least where I lived, anyway), but now I have something else to worry about when I bring my dogs here.
Everybody walks their dogs through the neighborhood I live in, so the dogs must get them too, yes?
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