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1937 Views 3 Replies Last post: Jul 15, 2014 9:51 AM by bombuslucorum - Museum ID team RSS
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Jul 13, 2014 3:35 AM

Help please! Biting bugs identification

Hello all,


For the past couple of weeks I've been waking up with small itchy bites, however my husband is not affected. I sometimes wake up itchy during the night but when I turn the light on, I can't see any bugs biting me. I've inspected all of our bedding, mattress, etc for bed bugs but haven't found anything. I went on a late night hunt for bed bugs and found two different bugs crawling on the carpet. They don't look like bed bugs - I think one might be a moth larvae. I'm worried the other one is a flea. We have a cat but she has been flea treated and doesn't scratch. Please help - these bites and this mystery is driving me crazy! Sorry that the pics aren't great quality.


Thanks :)

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    Jul 14, 2014 7:55 AM (in response to IzzyEdinburgh)
    Re: Help please! Biting bugs identification

    second image looks fles-ish,

    third is a carpet beetle larvae.


    fleas bite anyone, you may not react as bad as your partner, are these bites ankle areas..?


    easy flea  trap for identification is a small, flat round candle in a saucer of soapy water. the flea jumps towards the heat source then takes a bubble bath.

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    Jul 15, 2014 9:51 AM (in response to IzzyEdinburgh)
    Re: Help please! Biting bugs identification

    1st and 2nd images are of a psocopteran, AKA Booklouse or Barklouse - these are non-biting insects and all homes have a few, usually in bathrooms or kitchens. Bites with windows open will probably be mosquitoes. You can retro fit insect screens to prevent access. 

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