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|Comment||Thank you so much for this information. I took our house cat to the vet and she saw over-grooming on her belly and forepaws, suggestive of something irritating her. When I saw my allergist he called out scabies or chiggers, but did not do a skin scraping. Only the cat, my 4 year old and I are showing signs of bites. Because I am allergic to mites, I have a more heightened reaction, whereas my daughter has a few clusters of bumps. We have both been treated with permethrine cream and are having some relief. My doctor prescribed Lindane, but none of our local pharmacies carry it. I special ordered some and with his instruction will re-treat if necessary. The cat is also getting treated and we have steamed, vacuumed, bleached, and washed every surface and garment. We FINALLy pulled the gross carpet off the basement stairs and cleaned out the cellar window sills. Thanks again.|
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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.
Ph.D. in Entomology