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Hi Jack,

I am currently residing in Denver and wanted to know if you have ever heard of an insect/bug that invades the home looks like lint(yes) and bites leaving a terrible mark and leaving one feeling ill. I have been to a few doctors telling me its dry skin. I have some samples of what I can see and pulled off myself after feeling the bite. I don't know what this is but I am a neat freak type individual and as time goes on this gets worse in my home. If you are able to help please let me know. I would appreciate any and all assistance. Thank you so very much. B

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Bree,

There are no insects or mites that fit this description. Most often it is either allergies or a physical irritant that can be mistaken for bug bites. I doubt that dry skin alone would cause these "biting" sensations but dry skin could make an allergic reaction worse. Sorry I can't be more specific.

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Jack DeAngelis

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I can answer questions in any area of entomology (study of insects, spiders, mites, ticks, and other terrestrial arthropods). Contact me about home and garden insects, insects that bite and sting, and insects that damage homes such as carpenter ants and termites.

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20 years as university extension entomologist, now retired; currently publish a website about home and garden insects.

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see www.livingwithbugs.com/resume.html

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Ph.D. in Entomology

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