We have just come back from holiday in Devon and I cannot sleep due to itching! I have pin prick puncture marks all over and tiny black insects appearing on me. They are fine black and almost as thin as a hair. Some are just like black spots but a couple are bigger . Here is a photo of the bigger ones. My kids now have them and are finding it really traumatic. Please help! What are they? We think possibly scabies or bird mites but no real idea. This one is from my two year olds sleep sack so really not nice. Thanks for any help at all
I know they are really small and difficult to photograph, but it is difficult to be certain from your pictures.
However, the overall shape looks very much like bed bugs, and the most likely one is Cimex lectularius, the common bed bug.
As well as a good photo, that includes advice on treatment.
If you Google 'bed bug pest control', you'll find plenty of sites that offer help, and some of them suggest particular pesticides.
I do hope you resolve your problem quickly! Good luck.
Thanks for quick response . They do seem to be living on us and biting during day - is that possible? They appear on us as thin black hairs. Is there anyone I can take the specimen to to look at?
Yes - they can bite any time.
Yes - take a sample to your local council's pest control officer, and/or ask for a home visit.
I don't know where you live, but here's the web page for the Wiltshire PCO (as an example)