We've recently moved into a really old listed house, soon after we started getting loads of it itchy bites. But we couldn't find anything that could be doing it. The bites appear in clusters not random like Mosquitos so we thought whatever it is its walkin/ crawling not flying.
Yesterday my mum found on of these walking across of her desk she squished it and noticed that it was full of blood.
Could that be the culprit.?
Any help would be very much appreciated
that looks like an assassin bug... although there is no indication to scale.
have you considered bedbugs ? these leave cluster like reactions when fed. have you been away recently ? are your bed sheets troubled with tiny black spot stains..?
You need to research 'acaricde' and 'miticide' (they're the same thing really)
For instance, benzyl benzoate is used against the mites that cause scabies
The NHS suggest 'permethrin cream and malathion lotion (brand name Derbac M)'
It doesn't sound as though you're suffering from scabies, but you get the idea...
If you can't find out which mites you have (or which other pest), you'd probably need to try a broad spectrum pest killer (but obviously one not harmful to humans).
Seeing as we are short of information here, I suggest you visit your GP. He/she may be able to recognize the pest from the bites themselves, and thence suggest suitable treatment to yourselves and your home. If they can't help with treating your home, talk with your local council's environmental health officer.
Please note that any comments here that you take as advice, you do so at your own risk; I am merely making suggestions.
I've had experience with Bed bugs. They're nasty!
When I discovered them I disposed of 3 mattresses and the bedclothes which were on them. Also the Nightware worn.
I got some residual spray and treated bed frames, carpets, skirting boards, and around the bottom of other furniture.
It seemed to cure the problem.
As said above, see your GP.
It is a bug, but not a bed bug. It is most likely (as far as I can see in this poor photo of a squashed insect) a rhopalid bug. They bite plants, not humans. In any case, if you have a problem with skin parasites, you should go see a doctor.