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threadlooking jumper  
I live in IL and I have recently noticed itchy biting feelings on y couch area.   As I look around I notice little tiny white flakes looking like thread.  I also have notice several white slightly larger ones that look more like a tiny white bug (small crumb look).  The string looking one jumps and neither of them appear to move.   they are tiny but here are pictures.    you see the jumping string looking one on the key board.  The crumb one is on a counter in the picture..it seems to glow. What are these and how can I rid my home of them.    Thank you!

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Hi Jason:

These are not insects at all.  They are small fibers and bits of cloth that are moving from the effects of static electricity caused by dry winter air.  Dry winter air also can cause your skin to dry out and generates sensations of itching and biting.

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I currently live in San Antonio, TX and have expertise in identifying insects, many types of spiders, and other arthropod critters that infest lawns, ornamentals, structures, trees, pets and livestock. Mites are not a strong point of mine. I'm not a licensed doctor, so I cannot provide medical diagnosis of conditions possibly related to insects or other arthropods. If you've got an interesting photo for me to see, attach it to your question, or let me know and I'll give you my email so the picture will get to me. If you have hosted an insect photo on a website, please include the link so I can go look at it and provide a faster ID for you. You may also join my group page on Facebook and post your picture at www.facebook.com/groups/antmans.hill/.

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22+ years' experience as an entomologist: 5 years as a biologist with Merck Animal Health (I was part of the R&D team that worked to develop FrontLine flea and tick products) and 7 years as an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Specialist in San Antonio, Texas with Texas Cooperative Extension.

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Veterinary Parasitology, Southwestern Entomologist, San Antonio Express News, San Antonio Gardener Newsletter, Master Gardener SCION Newsletter, GardenStyleSA e-Newsletter

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BS - Entomology from Texas A&M University in 1992.

Board Certified Entomologist, 1996-2000 - Medical and Veterinary Entomology Specialty (Entomological Society of America)

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2000 Texas A&M University Vice Chancellor's Award in Excellence for leadership on the Texas Fire Ant Program Educational Team.

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