weve all been getting bites.. including my 3 month old baby. I wasnt sure what it was.. got pest control out and they couldnt find anything either. I purchased some roach traps and couldnt see anything at first apart from the odd spider/woodlice.. then i noticed by looking a little closer, some strange beige looking things (originally thought it was some sand grit). they are approx half a mm in size if that. got a microscope and zoomed in on it about 25x and came face to face with something that looked like a monster...lol
any ideas what it is.. and can it bite? im desperate to find whats eating us and apart from this sample.. im clueless.
Thanks for looking,
Looks like a mite, probably house dust mite: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_dust_mite. They do not bite but are a major cause for allergies because of their excrements. The allergy does not express itself as if they are bites. Do you have cats or dogs in the house? Then perhaps there are fleas that might be to blame.
They seem to be appearing on the glue boards in the darker corner of my bedroom. it was previously a living room and that corner did contained birds. I also had chickens which i rehomed a couple of months ago. they had redmite (but they seemed different to this in shape so ive assumed its not a redmite) Is it possible that this could be some other kind of a bird mite??? I also have a loft hatch directly above this area. I do have a dog.. but the whole house has been treated with indorex spray and the dog has vet flea spot on. Ive got no signs of flea specks on the dog, and no signs of any blood in water bowl etc. no signs of fleas anywhere else and this is the only thing i keep getting on the glue boards?? (It would be great if it is a dust mite as that would explain the rashes and crazy itching that i keep getting. I did think it was originally hives but my daughter started getting bites on her face, I sprayed her bedroom and the problem stopped for a while, but has now started again)
In this web link is a picture of poultry lice - not far off it seems to me. If you google poultry and bird lice/louse there's loads of information about how prevalent the problem is, and what the solutions are. This seems like the place to start. Good luck. It must be awful,
The image of the poultry louse does not match at all. The photograph clearly shows eight legs, the poultry louse has only six (and never will get eight, contrary to earkly instar mites...). I maintain the photograph shows a mite. If they truely were feeding on poultry first, then gone for a while, and now back in strength they need to have fed. If they had been feeding on you and your loved ones, then you would have seen them near the beds: these mites will stay close to the food source: either the host or it's nest; meaning near the bed. I don't think the mites cause your problem.
The glueboards that they appear on are in the bedroom. They are all approx 2ft away from my bed. The mites only appear overnight and have never been seen during the day. Ive looked hard and cannot find them. I think there behind the skirting surrounding our bed in the places i located the traps. No other traps in any other rooms have shown these mites. our bites also appear overnight and show early morning. Thank you for your help
Exactly what species of bird did you have - every bird mite/louse is different.
Thanks for the information. Ive had a look and it states that bird lice have 3 pairs of legs, this has 4 pairs which suggests that it is a mite of some sort. I used to have budgies/cockatiels and parakeets inside the room and chickens outside, but all birds have now been rehomed. The only thing I can find is this strange mite that keeps appearing. I have found dustmites in the house, but these appear small and white. (they also appear hairy looking on the outside) but this one seems smoother and a lot larger. Ive tried to zoom in on it so that is clearer to see.
OK folks - I have show this to our mite (Acari) specialist who has provided the following observations/comments:
Cheyletus eruditus is a predator and generally regarded to be a 'good' mite because its diet includes pest mites and insects, e.g., flour mites, dust mites, cat flea eggs, booklice, larvae of storage moths and beetles. It is often found in stored foods (mostly flour and whole grains) and storage containers and buildings. Other habitats include mammal and bird nests, animal bedding, poultry litter, house dust, haystacks, soil and plant debris. The presence of C. eruditus in infested materials has been blamed for causing dermatitis in humans handling them. Cheyletus malaccensis, a species that occurs in similar habitats to C. eruditus, has been shown to feed on human body fluids. This resulted in an allergic reaction and the formation of small itchy bumps. However, such reports are uncommon and, because of the history of birds being kept, examination of other trapped specimens would be advisable to check whether there are other species present that could be causing the reported symptoms. To find the source of infestation, a good start would be to see whether there are abandoned bird nests in the loft and removing them if there are.
Thank you for the reply. This certainly does look like it could be the mite that is on my trap. How the heck it ended up in my bedroom i will never know?? maybe contaminated bird food from my previous birds?? I had a problem in march with a goose bump rash all over me which lasted a week and then disappeared. in july I started getting what looked like bites (could have been hives) and then this turned into a pimple rash which kept appearing and disappearing just as quickly, just as you described. I have very sensitive skin and suffer regular with skin problems and so does my daughter, Our house is full of booklice.. in draws and everywhere. we also have plaster beetles as the house has just been re-plastered. When im lying in bed at night i get a crawling sensation over me, and feel like my skins burning, its all hot and pimpled in the areas where i get the sensations.. its horrendous as nobody else seems to be getting this, just me. my daughter has had a pimple rash on her face, and what also looks like bites. I sprayed her room and this temp went away. Would it be possible for you to look at this mite in closer detail to see if it is as described. We must be getting bad reactions to it and need to know the best ways of getting rid of it.
Many thanks, jo
A fascinating account about 'living with bugs'...
Goes to show we Homo Sapiens are a species that evolve alongside other species that may irritate and bite us from time-to-time by way of their right to survive...
Our answer, as a so-called 'intelligent biped', is to exterminate so many fellow creatures because we can't put up with an occasional scratching.