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Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Tiny stinging creatures


Jessica wrote at 2014-10-04 03:51:37
Sensitivity to carpet beetle defenses - barbed hairs, sometimes with a chemical bonus sting, are flung or "spit", can be very fine such that they lodge in one's exposed skin, or stick in the weave of textile clothing, through several earnest launderings - is cumulative as well as resultant from traumatic exposure events. The beasts are ubiquitous, and eat most dead organic material. Check stored clothing, any component materials are tasty substrates, but wool [carpets, historically, hence the monicker], pet hair, bird nests, other carpet beetles, cockroaches, human hair, skin, nails, any of these make fine beetle chow. Cetirizine 20mg/day helps the scarring cutaneous reaction. May be a signal of mastocytosis, but that's just my lay sufferer opinion.

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Ed Saugstad


Will accept most questions in general entomology, including those related to medical entomology, taxonomy, ecology, arthropod surveillance, and pest management. If you are requesting a 'mystery bug' identification, PLEASE either attach an image to your question, or post an image on a web page (such as Flickr) so that I can look at it, as verbal descriptions frequently are insufficient for a definitive identification.


21 years in the U.S. Army as a medical entomologist; duties varied from surveillance of pest populations (including mosquitoes, cockroaches, ticks, and stored products pests) to conducting research on mosquito-virus ecological relationships and mosquito faunal studies. Ten years as a civilian analyst for the Department of Defense, primarily on distribution of vector-borne diseases worldwide. Limited experience on surveillance of agricultural insects in North Dakota and Indiana.

Entomological Society of America, West Virginia Entomological Society, Society for Vector Ecology, National Speleological Society, West Virginia Association for Cave Studies.

American Journal of Public Health, Contributions of the American Entomological Institute, Japanese Journal of Sanitary Zoology, Journal of Economic Entomology, Mosquito News, and Mosquito Systematics.

B.S. in entomology from North Dakota State University in 1963, M.S. in entomology from Purdue University in 1967.

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