Entomology (Study of Bugs)/bug bites


I have a real mystery.  I have what appears to be bug bites on both my lower legs down to my feet.  Most of these red spots do not itch except for maybe one spot.  I have found tiny bugs (possibly Oat Bugs) land on my socks.  I try to kill them but it is very hard to do as they seem to "hop" or fly away.  They are extremely tiny.  I have not found them anywhere else.  I am very clean and have no pets.  My doctor is baffled as am I.
Would love to know what you think.  Thank you.


I'm not sure what you mean by "oat bug"? Do you have another common name or a description? Fleas (see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/fleas.html) are usually the cause when bites occur low on the legs. You also mentioned that that they hopped which is consistent with fleas. Here's a list of the insects and mites that bite http://www.livingwithbugs.com/unknown_bug_bites.html that might be useful. Post a follow up if you have questions.

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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.


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

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