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June 07, 2007

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RedMolly

Ew, ew, ew! I feel your entomological pain. *shudder*

We moved into a house inhabited by tiny sugar ants. So far, I haven't felt the need to do anything but wipe down the cabinets with dish detergent (it apparently breaks their scent trails and discourages them from returning... so far so good). If it escalates into all-out war, I guess I'll go for the boric acid. But I'd far rather have ants any day than tropical rat mites! *shudder again*

Best of luck to your family in your bugs-go-bye-bye endeavors.

Carol

I have either bed bugs or mites, still don't know which one beacuse I cant't find anything, started about 2 weeks ago. I've been sleeping on my washer/dryer!!! Painful bites on my rib-cage area. I am going to dust my whole house in food-grade diatomaceous earth tonight. Hope it works.

Eric

When I was living in south Georgia my bed was infested with something similar. The bites first appeared on my feet and ankle. Since I sleep with my feet out of the covers when it's hot I thought it was a spider. I sprayed all the windows and doors and every crack I could find. I still woke up with bites, now on my hands and legs. I was afraid of bed bugs or chiggers so I washed all my bedding, clothes and showered multiple times a day, and slept on the couch. More bites appeared on my chest and ribs. I would guess I ended up with over a hundred bites, easily, in patches all over. It's like they feasted somewhere else every night. I never saw any potential culprit and no one I saw could tell me what it was by looking at the bites. I still have no idea what did it. The problem was solved when I moved 300 miles.

QuackieChau

Omg! I hope this is what I have. I've been agonizing about it for WEEKS. At first, I thought I had bed bugs, but I checked my bedding and mattress and nothing. I washed my linens and clothes, vacuumed my room, but I was still getting bitten.

Then I realized there were tiny little itty bitty bugs on my hamsters. Not knowing what fleas looked like, I thought they had fleas. From a rat I'd found near their cage a week or two before. Sprayed their cage and area with a pyrethrin solution I got from the pet store. Well, the hammies seemed happy enough... but I was STILL getting bitten!

Then I thought it might be chiggers, because I'm definitely getting bitten where chiggers bite (waist, underarms, neck). Just couldn't figure out where I could have picked up the darn buggers and if they could even live indoors.

Anyway, I hope this is what I have. I can't even find any of them anymore, and yet, I am still mysteriously getting bitten. I guess it's time to spray everything with pyrethrin. Thanks for the info!

zeracore

quickest way to git rid of chiggers is several bleach water bath over about a weak

I work out side in Arkansas were i git exposed to chiggers a lot
and it is there larva that bites you
there larva lives on your skin and anything your skin touches hens the bleach water bath

AoifeK

I've been having this problem for so long Im ready to rip my hair out. I HATE bugs, and bites with a passion. Waking up everyday with more is just about making my life a living nightmare. I believe at one point I had 37 bites all over me. Legs, arms, torso, everywhere. Thought it was fleas, spiders, chiggers, bed bugs...but the bites are there for hours with out pain/itching at all, then BAM! instant insane itching! We recently moved, and the biting stopped for a while. The cat at our new place was MIA for 2 weeks, and when she came back stayed in my bed for 3 days straight...and the bites returned. I thought it was fleas again. I got so fed up today, I tore all the sheets and comforter off the bed and threw them into the washer, hot-cold wash. I then DOUSED my bed in flea powder for a cat, let it sit for an hour, and vacuumed it off. Then to be doubly sure, I sprayed the whole mattress down with flea spray for a dog, and let it air dry into the fabric. If it doesnt work, Im getting a new bed. Im not playing games with these bugs anymore.

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I never saw any potential culprit and no one I saw could tell me what it was by looking at the bites. I still have no idea what did it.

Bedspread

I've been having this problem for so long Im ready to rip my hair out. I HATE bugs, and bites with a passion. Waking up everyday with more is just about making my life a living nightmare. I believe at one point I had 37 bites all over me. Legs, arms, torso, everywhere. Thought it was fleas, spiders, chiggers, bed bugs...but the bites are there for hours with out pain/itching at all, then BAM! instant insane itching! We recently moved, and the biting stopped for a while. The cat at our new place was MIA for 2 weeks, and when she came back stayed in my bed for 3 days straight...and the bites returned. I thought it was fleas again. I got so fed up today, I tore all the sheets and comforter off the bed and threw them into the washer, hot-cold wash.

Nancy

What part of the country do you live? I am in NY and think I am dealing with the same thing. Though they are bigger than a period -- more like the plastic ball on a pinhead.

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