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Subject: What’s this bug?
Location: Houston TX
April 18, 2016 8:11 am
Found in my bathtub jumping around after a large rain storm. There were quite a few in there, it’s the only place in the house I have seen them.
Signature: Harris

Fleas

Fleas

Dear Harris,
You have Fleas.

Update:  It is quite possible there are many more Fleas present than you have seen, and only when they jumped into the bathtub and couldn’t jump out that you noticed them.

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Subject: What is this?
Location: Portsmouth
March 22, 2016 8:08 am
Hi my partner and myself have been getting bites on and off for the last few weeks. The bites become vert swollen and are very itchy. I thought it could be fleas but have been told by the pest control man they are not fles but could not say what they were. I have no pets indoors but have two chickens that live in a coop in the garden – I check them regularly and they do not have mites or bites on them. I have included a photo of a mite I found on my foot and a bite which is on my ankle which is around 3days old and healing. Many thanks
Signature: J O’Connor

Flea

Flea

Dear J O’Connor,
Despite what the pest control man said, this sure looks like a Flea to us, and Fleas tend to bite folks on the ankles.  Bites from Fleas itch and are long lasting.  From which Portsmouth do you hail?

Flea Bites

Flea Bites

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Subject: Tiny jumping bugs
Location: Colorado. Ft Collins
January 25, 2016 9:35 pm
I found these in my house. These little guys jump. Found some on my daughters hair. Couple on the dog. Maybe they are hard to kill, maybe they aren’t. I done know as my daughter put them in vacileen. I have one live one to take pictures of in a mason jar with no lid. He can’t get out.
We found these in our house today. Our daughter had five on her. Our dog had two on her. Smash easy. Barely touch them and you squash them. Small black jumping bug. You move towards it and it jumps. Almost looks tall and skinny. We put a little vacileen on him to keep him from jumping. So he is a little out of shape.
Signature: Bryguy

Flea

Flea

Dear Bryguy,
This is a Flea.  Fleas can be easily identified by their small size, ability to jump great distances, and their lateral compression.

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Subject: What bit me??!
Location: Illinois
November 4, 2015 10:41 pm
Hi! So me and my boyfriend just moved into a new apartment. The first night we slept there I woke up with horrible red itchy bumps on me. An hour or so after I woke up I couldn’t stop itchy them cause they itched so bad. The next day they became painful swollen and blistered and also still itched. I have about 10 on one foot and a couple on the other foot. Plus a couple here and there on my arm, leg, back, and one on my chest. The most of them are on my feet though. It’s been about 3 days now and they are still very itchy and blistered and it looks like some kind of clear liquid is coming out of them. Please help me figure out what these bites are so I know what I’m dealing with. I’d really appreciate any feedback!
Signature: Thank you!! – Lauren

What's Biting???

What’s Biting???

Dear Lauren,
Our best guess is that you are being bitten by Fleas.  If the previous tenant had pets and there is no longer a mammalian host for the bloodthirsty critters, they will bite humans and the itchy bites can last for weeks.  We do not believe these are Bed Bug bites.

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Subject: Flea or something similar
Location: Washington state
August 9, 2015 11:47 am
hello. Over the course of the last week we have noticed something both in our house and outside. I first realized I had some small itchy bites around my ankles. I then saw a bug up in my bathroom. I was able to catch it and kill it. I tried to squish it under toilet paper with my nail, took a photo and noticed it was still wiggling. I continued to try and squish it and it took a long time. We have since noticed more bugs and bites. We live in Washington state and have an outdoor deck and live next to a small storm water retention pond (but it is dry this time of year). We first found them inside and just yesterday went to sit on our deck on a outdoor couch and noticed a swarm of the bugs on our ankles and legs. Both my husband and I have bites and we found one in our baby’s hair this morning. We did have raccoons under our deck a month ago, but they were driven out by coyote scent that was planted. They are now gone.
The bug…it looks like a flea, see pics.
Looking forward to your response.
Signature: Bugs of Wa

Flea

Flea

This is definitely a Flea and it might be connected to the raccoons you had under the deck.

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Subject: $15 donated – I going crazeeee
Location: Baltimore Maryland
July 30, 2015 6:32 am
Hi Bugman,
I just contributed $15 to help out your site – hope you can help me beyond ID-ing them maybe treatment destruction of them
I picked these two tiny MONSTERS off my ankle…tried to crush them NOPE
I drowned then so I could photograph them. They were underwater for 4 hours , I photographed them and then they jumped off the paper the cursED undead now in the house to taunt me.
I originally got bit by hordes of these and the itch continues after a month.
In the photos they look like two different species or maybe just in different stages of development.
I think they are no see ums as the bite marks look the same as depicted in photos.
I want to kill them and dont care about toxic as we have no pets and dont walk around barefoot – I just want them dead and anything else that crawls around without hurting plants & grass so I/we dont have to walk around with having to deal with Deet or different Citronella essential oil/vodka potions.
Someone recommended CedarCide as an all natural solution. I’d go broke as I have a large yard and apparently theres knock offs being sold.
Your HELP is greatly appreciated . Thank You
Alex Karas – Baltimore
Signature: Alex Karas

Flea we suppose

Flea we suppose

Dear Alex,
Thank you for your contribution.  We wish your image had more detail.  Our initial suspicion based on your description is that you are being bitten by Fleas.  You did not indicate if the insects came from outdoors or if you encountered them indoors nor did you indicate a size.  Fleas can be very hard to crush and our editorial staff has first hand experience being bitten on the ankles by dozens of hungry Fleas after a feral cat that had taken up residence under a rental unit we were living in had kittens and then got hit by a car and died.  It took months for the Flea population to diminish and we could not walk out onto the back porch without being swarmed.  Here is a good detailed image of a Flea from BugGuide.

Possibly a Flea

Possibly a Flea

Hey Daniel
Thx for the quick response. The two samples I provided  looked totally different. Yes,  nabbed  them outside / back yard.
The bite marks look like no see ums from google images. Itch ….geezs../..itching for the last month
The problem now is – I was sitting on the couch last night INSIDE when one jumped on my ankle… do the ‘bugs ‘ on the sample not look different.? They came off the same ankle attack played dead after a good drowning…is this the new mini series walking dead – fleas OR is that jumping dead ??? Are they different bugs or just different stage of development. I sprayed outside yesterday but that resolve the living room couch visitor.
I’ll see if I can get better images IF I havent eradicated them
The one inside is troubling as I dont know if it has family and eggs and reproduction and and and .
This is getting nasty
I greatly appreciate your opinions. Great website too BTW
Thank you
Alex

Hi again Alex,
The reason we think Fleas is that they are compressed laterally, so you could have a side view and a view from above.  Your entire description supports our suspicion that they are Fleas.  The BugGuide description is:  “body dark, laterally flattened, wingless; hind legs adapted for jumping; mouthparts adapted for piercing skin and sucking blood; row of large bristles often present on head and/or thorax (called genal and pronotal combs).”  BugGuide also notes:  “The Cat Flea commonly infests dogs, and the Dog Flea may infest cats; both species may bite humans.
…  Some fleas can jump 200 times their body length.”  Our personal experience is that the itchy bite lasts a very long time, often several weeks.

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