Tiny bugs found on cat, in our bed, and on my wife
Location: Gainesville, Florida (indoors)
February 12, 2011 11:34 pm
On February 11, 2011, in Gainesville, Florida, my wife discovered a tiny red bug (about the size of a pin head) climbing on her. She immediately thought it was a tiny tick as we had a problem with them once before from a hiking trip. I stuck it to a piece of tape so I could photograph it and have it identified from our local extension office. Since it was Friday night, the extension office was closed. While I searched the web for answers, my wife continued to find them on our cats, on her, and in our bed. I assumed they were clover mites but all of the descriptions say that clover mites do not bite people. She insists that they are and have biting her. Last night, I was bit as well. I am attaching a photo I took. Please let me know what in the world this little guy is.
We agree that this is a Mite, but exact Mite identification is well beyond our amateur capabilities. Eradication of Biting Mites can be very difficult. We would recommend a trip to your local natural history museum to see if you can get any assistance with an identification.