Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Insect Bites

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My wife woke up with approximately 12-18 red bumps mainly on her torso about a week ago.  My son has woken up with 3 in the past 4 days.  In searching for bed bugs I came across a black 1-2 mm cylindrical object in my sons bed. Both my wife's and my bed have blood spots as well as my sons.  This could be from open sores after scratching. Thought what I found might be Bed Bug feces.  Took a Macro look by turning around a pair of binoculars and getting eye piece about an inch away.  I see a segmented insect with two barb type appendages posterior. The specimen is dehydrated so I don't see much definition of the head or anterior. Is this what's biting my family or something that just happened to get dragged in from the garden?

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Herb,

This is not a bed bug, see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/bed_bug.html for pictures of bed bugs but the specimen is so dehydrated that I can't id further. Here's a list of insects and mites that bite http://www.livingwithbugs.com/unknown_bug_bites.html plus some things that can be mistaken for bug bites. My guess is the bites are from something outside, perhaps chigger mites but it is hard to say for sure without a specimen. Sorry I can't be more specific.

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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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Ph.D. in Entomology

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