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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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Subject: Help!
Location: Michigan
December 22, 2012 10:26 pm
Hi, I found this bug on my daughter’s ponytail holder. We use lice repell shampoo and spray daily and I searched her hair and can’t find any nits or any other bugs. Please tell me what it is or isn’t. Thank You.
Signature: Help!

Possibly a Flea

This is not a Louse, but we cannot say for certain what it is as there is not enough detail in the image.  It might be a Flea (see this photo on BugGuide), or it might be something else entirely benign.

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Blood Sucking Bug. Assassin? Bed Bug?
January 19, 2010
I have been trying to find out everything I could about bloodsucking bugs ever since I found one on top of my sheets last night. I had received multiple bug bites on my stomach and wrists (see photo for stomach bites) the night before last but couldn’t figure out what was going on. I found the culprit: a bug was feeding on me. It is no more than a 1/4″ long and was walking slowly across the sheet. It definitely was not a flea as I could pick it up easily. I smooshed its back, trying to kill it. and a lot of blood (my blood) came out in the process.

Flea

It’s antennae was moving for several minutes before I decided to flush it down the toilet. I’m scared. I am not sure if my dog brought it into the house with him (he does not sleep on the bed though). Or if this is a sign of an infestation to come. I went through a cleaning frenzy today but could not find any more of them. Am I safe? What’s this bug?
Scared this might be a bed bug?
Seattle, WA

Flea

Dear Scared,
This does appear to be a Bed Bug.  While we do not give extermination advice, we strongly counsel you to seek professional help.

Flea Bites

Thank you for answering my question. I am still hopeful that it ISN’T a bedbug though. From all the other photos I’ve seen of them, they have more of a flat, rounded body shape than my bug–which had more of a diamond-like body before I squished it. Anyway, I haven’t been able to find any more of them, or the tell-tale signs of bedbugs on the sheets or elsewhere. I know that they’re never alone so I will keep looking.
Thanks for having such an informative website.
Not Scared Anymore

Correction thanks to Eric Eaton
Daniel:
The “bed bug” is actually a FLEA!  Probably a cat flea, the most overwhelmingly common species to afflict both cats AND dogs…..
Eric

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