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Subject:  What is this Jumping/Flying big
Geographic location of the bug:  My Bed
Your letter to the bugman —
I am getting itchy red bites all over my body. Legs, thigh, stomach, Arms, Hands, lower back. I found small jumping or flying bugs. They are tiny and look like a spec of dirt. Is this a flea or a bedbug or something else?
How you want your letter signed —
Adriana

Flea

Dear Adriana,
Between your description and the blurry image you submitted, we are quite certain you are getting bitten by Fleas.  Do you have a pet that sleeps on the bed with you?  You should consider flea treatment for your pet.

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Subject: Ia it a “Biter”?
Location: Union, MO, USA
July 20, 2017 11:51 am
Found this guy in my basement. He was just crawling around although it appears he might have wings. Below is a picture of the insect and a picture of my bites. As you can see there are smaller bites around the large ones although those dark spots are only old bites and not any recent ones. Could you please tell me if this is a match?
Signature: -Itchy Itchy Ichabod

Field Cricket (missing jumping legs)

Dear Itchy Itchy Ichabod,
We had to respond to your just because of your signature.  This is a female Field Cricket in the genus
Gryllus and she is missing her rear jumping legs.  Fleas often bite people on the ankles, and our best guess for your bites is Flea Bites and not this Cricket.

Flea Bites, we believe

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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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