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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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Subject: Ate Alive
Location: Northern Ireland
April 19, 2015 4:04 pm
Hi I’ve been getting ate alive for the past month. Only me not my partner. I’ve tried hoovering my house from top to bottom I’ve tried endless amounts of flea spray but I’m still finding these bugs just walking up my arm/legs and biting me. When I squeeze them to kill them they just keep walking you have to squeeze then about 4 times to kill them . They don’t even go on my boyfriend just me. Please help me get rid off these.
Signature: Thanks Christine

Flea

Flea

Dear Christine,
This is definitely a Flea, and we suspect perhaps you have a pet that goes outdoors and that might be the source of your indoor infestation.  We do not provide extermination advice, but now that you know what you have, we imagine you will be able to find online sources that provide suggestions for your problem.

Thankyou for your help. We have flea sprayed the house 3 times from top to bottom and it hasn’t help. Today I’ve just found 3 on the outside bathroom window (upstairs) so they must be getting in the window As we don’t have any pets, we have contacted pest control and they are going to come help us. Thanks again Christine.

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Subject: What type of bug is it?
Location: Sunnyvale california
February 18, 2015 12:29 am
Hi bugman,
I recently moved into an apartment in California. Over the last 5 days I have seen 5 of these bugs. 2 on my bathroom floor, 1 in my bathtub, and 2 in my bed.
I’m hoping it’s just springtails and not fleas, but I was hoping you could confirm that for me. When I get close to these bugs they jump 3-4 inches off the ground to a different location, and when I squish them it looks like blood comes out.
I don’t have any pets, no itchy red bumps, I’m a pretty clean person overall.
Let me know what you think.
Signature: Jordan

Flea

Flea

Dear Jordan,
The laterally compressed body and the jumping you describe both indicate that this is a Flea.  Perhaps the previous tenant had pets.

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Subject: Recognizing the bug
Location: Kolkata, west bengal, India
November 12, 2014 5:28 am
Sir,
This bug bites and sucks blood, rashes erupt on bitten site. size is 1 -1.5 mm max.
needed to know the name of the bug
Signature: Recognizing the bug

Fleas

Fleas

These look like Fleas, in which case they probably jump as well as bite.

Sir, Thanks, for the response..
Is there any measures to control this flea?
thanks,
Tuhin

Dear Tuhin,
WE do not provide extermination advice.  In the U.S., Fleas are most generally associated with animals, and most pets are safeguarded against fleas with treatments.  There are also Human Fleas, though they are not that common in North America.  We would suggest that you check with local agencies regarding the control of Fleas, or to try to find additional information on the control of Fleas using the internet.  Fleas can also carry secondary parasites.

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Subject: bug!?
Location: calgary, Alberta, Canada
February 2, 2014 11:35 pm
Hi, a few weeks ago I had three itchy spots on my hip, a week after I had an itchy bite in between my fingers. Tonight I am laying in bed and feel a tickle on my finger, sure enough there is a big crawling on me. I moved it to my end table and snapped a few pictures. It moved quickly, was only about 3 to 4 mm. It did not appear to have wings, have a pointed back (not flat). It then jumped(?) or possibly fell off my side table and I have not found it since.
I live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, it is currently January and pretty cold outside (-15ish). I have checked my mattress and haven’t found any other bugs.
Signature: kelly

Flea

Flea

Hi Kelly,
Do you have a pet dog or cat?  Your photo is blurry, but this looks suspiciously like a Flea to us.  The size and behavior you described would support our identification.

Flea

Flea

I have a cat and a dog. I have checked them both neither have fleas.
What is the livelihood I have one lone flea hanging around my house that keeps biting me?

We can’t really speculate on the likelihood of a single Flea, but your photos do look like a Flea.  See BugGuide for additional images.

 

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