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anita wrote at 2007-07-17 02:51:26
im going to have to go ahead and disagree with that. I'm having hte same problem and its not just me because otehr people in my apartment are having it too. I dont have pets, i know what fleas feel like (from back when I had a dog) and it's not that. There must be some kind of other little miteor something that does this. The bites are tiny and not as uncomfortable as flea or mosquito bites but it's still really annoying.


Ritchie wrote at 2007-09-11 11:04:58
Hi I have the same condition and I believe its not a skin allergy or some sort of mental problem. I have these things crawling on my body which i cannot see at all and theyre bite is really painful and itchy. I would feel them in my underwear and my pants. And The bite is really hard after taking a shower. We sprayed all over the house and even hired a pestkiller company. It would be gone for a week and eventually come back again to attack. I feel stupid scratching all day and I also dont know the remedy for it. I have three kids and my wife and parents also are being attacked by this unseen ma*f*s. It seems like Isopropyl Alcohol works but for some apparent reason it is expensive here in Singapore to buy it.


Genevajones wrote at 2007-09-26 19:14:05
I too would have to disagree.  I have been feeling the same thing as have my dogs and my son is covered in bites.  Our home is clean, maybe a little dusty, but clean and I called an exterminator who confirmed it's not fleas.  It's driving me NUTS!


whit wrote at 2008-05-27 21:17:54
this person is NOT IMAGINING anything; I live in North carolina and starting in May and lasting until July every year at home and office there is an invisible bug - probably some kind of mite - that bites ankles, backs of knees, crook of legs, midriff etc; a bump appears, itches some, then if you touch it it "ignites" in intense itching that will drive you crazy; don't scratch, apply Benadryl cream 2% and endure until the season ends; I have not been able to kill the things no matter what I try; but you are NOT imagining it; they exist;


"annie oakley" wrote at 2008-06-24 22:46:06
I live in Arizona and this is the first year we have come across these "invisable" biters-I have seen them,and taken samples of some in-BUT no-one knows what they are :( 2 things are these invisable biters-out walking wear a white shirt and look you will see a tan or black tiny bug and watch him in about 2-3 seconds after he lands on you he will turn around in a circle(like a dog doges before he lays down) then go right thru your shirt,pants etc-no types of clothing stops them,also they itch like crazy,along with the worst part they like moisture-in your nose mouth, and after they go thru your clothes they head right to your undies where they really itch. Many people have have this happen. ALSO the 2nd "invisable" biter is from some type of tiny mosquito like thing- look in your ceiling light shades with a clear piece of tape a pick up the mosquito like thing and alond besides it will be almost invisable a small little line like thing look under the microscope under 100x and they are really scarry fuzzyzthing


"annie oakley" wrote at 2008-06-24 22:47:08
I live in Arizona and this is the first year we have come across these "invisable" biters-I have seen them,and taken samples of some in-BUT no-one knows what they are :( 2 things are these invisable biters-out walking wear a white shirt and look you will see a tan or black tiny bug and watch him in about 2-3 seconds after he lands on you he will turn around in a circle(like a dog doges before he lays down) then go right thru your shirt,pants etc-no types of clothing stops them,also they itch like crazy,along with the worst part they like moisture-in your nose mouth, and after they go thru your clothes they head right to your undies where they really itch. Many people have have this happen. ALSO the 2nd "invisable" biter is from some type of tiny mosquito like thing- look in your ceiling light shades with a clear piece of tape a pick up the mosquito like thing and alond besides it will be almost invisable a small little line like thing look under the microscope under 100x and they are really scarry fuzzyzthing


"annie oakley" wrote at 2008-06-24 22:47:08
I live in Arizona and this is the first year we have come across these "invisable" biters-I have seen them,and taken samples of some in-BUT no-one knows what they are :( 2 things are these invisable biters-out walking wear a white shirt and look you will see a tan or black tiny bug and watch him in about 2-3 seconds after he lands on you he will turn around in a circle(like a dog doges before he lays down) then go right thru your shirt,pants etc-no types of clothing stops them,also they itch like crazy,along with the worst part they like moisture-in your nose mouth, and after they go thru your clothes they head right to your undies where they really itch. Many people have have this happen. ALSO the 2nd "invisable" biter is from some type of tiny mosquito like thing- look in your ceiling light shades with a clear piece of tape a pick up the mosquito like thing and alond besides it will be almost invisable a small little line like thing look under the microscope under 100x and they are really scarry fuzzyzthing


karen lee wrote at 2009-07-23 23:42:59
Well, this is a new plague in our home.  Our family llives in New york city...its not fleas we never see anything  and the bites are mostly on my two young sons pelvic area as well as my husbands.  I dont really get bites --but oddly feel itchy when we come hom to our city house.  It all disappears when we go out to country.  Im just trying to figure out what it is.  We do have a dog and a cat--the cat for over 15 years  the dog over a year  and this is oour first experience with this problem  and it drives us bizonkers.


NYCmom wrote at 2009-08-19 18:11:52
I am also in NYC and these invisible bugs have been driving me insane for about 6 weeks! And actually, this thread is the first validation I have that they are definitley bugs and I am not imagining this.  They bite at the ankles and feet when I"m sitting in the rocker in my daughter's room or on the couch in the living room.  At times, I don't even feel a bite, but just an itch; just that something is touching me. I do on occasion wake up to find a bite or to on my stomach. You do really think to start you are crazy b/c you look and look and find nothing.  I started to wonder if we had fleas or bed bugs and scoured our mattress (nothing) and the cat (nothing).  Finally, I have found 2 tiny tiny tiny black things. It actually looks like lint but they are hard and I think these are the little bugs. One was in my baby girl's hair!  I do not know what to do. Is there any way to get rid of them?  We have lived in this apartment for 5 years and this has never happened. We are in Manhattan, not in the burbs.


Karen wrote at 2009-09-13 06:03:56
My husband and I are experiencing the same. Our problem preceeded by a weekend camping trip to a state forest in Northern MA; we live in Cambridge, MA. We think we may have brought whatever it is home with us. That particular weekend was rainy followed by hot, humidity. We have bombed the apt twice, wear DEET and anything else we've learned about, cleaned everything over and over, but they are still here. I initially thought it was chiggers based on all the evidence, but apparently, we supposedly don't have chiggers here. I have tried to pick these up with tape whenever I feel something on me. Upon close inspection (my magnifying glass isn't that strong), I do see black specs so they're not chiggers unless what I'm looking at isn't the culprit. I've lived in my apartment for 5 years and not until this camping trip have we ever had this problem.


Meredith wrote at 2010-01-10 18:02:58
I am currently experiencing the same thing. I think they may be rodent or bird mites. It is the worst at night and immediately after I wake up, assuming I can fall asleep. They started on my lower legs but have now shown up all over my body. This website has a lot of information about them http://birdmites.org . I am hoping it's not bird mites or rodent mites because they are near impossible to get rid of.


Ive been through this wrote at 2010-04-14 06:27:44
This is Morgellons. Not everyone gets lesions on their skin. The problem is bacterial, fungal and there is a unseen parasite that is microscopic. Look it sounds crazy, but I had the same thing happen to me. Even the CDC has recognized this but has solution yet. There are websites to help you.


janet wrote at 2011-02-07 18:49:18
There probably is something biting you. I've had these symptoms for 6 years and actually seen the organism that's biting me, but doctors don't believe it's possible and think it's my imagination. I have Morgellon's Disease and there's no help from the medical community.  


JohnnyQuest wrote at 2011-05-13 04:37:55
Your situation is not medical nor psycological.It sound like you have case of bed bugs.You should look up bed bugs and you will find that not only fleas bite and disapear. I would be interested in hearing what you find.


Disgruntled wrote at 2012-10-24 21:09:38
I too am suffering with this and have been for many years. Due to the hectic events of recent years I have only recently been giving the matter real attention. I intend to purchase a microscope to further investigate the nature of the problem. I have through internet research convinced myself that it is parasitic in nature and I think it may be follicular mites. While normally found on rodents apparently poisoning and subsequent termination of the rodent host will cause the little buggers to seek a new host. Unfortunately as stated above they are very difficult to eradicate. In my research I found a product that I've found some relief with. The name is Clean Free. I purchased some on the internet and while I have only just begun using it and the problem at this time still persists. I have been able to get some relief and restful sleep. I won't go too far into the nature of the product but to sum up it is a protein eating enzyme that breaks bugs down chemically. The problem is they get into everything and apparently are able to multiply or at least infest cotton clothing for long periods of time. So, you have to treat yourself and your entire environment simultaneously, no small task. Another method I tried with some results as suggested by a poster on another site was covering myself in petroleum jelly I then took a nap in the tub. Before I fell asleep though I could feel them popping out of my skin and the next day I was temporarily free of them. I tried this technique out of sheer desperation before I received my Clean Free and it did seem to help. As I stated at the opening of this post I have had this condition for many years, for a time I drove a truck long days in the same confined space evidently had infested the truck as when I had to ride with a "manager" for training and procurement of new contracts. After only one day she told me that she had experienced the biting when she went home. She told me that she took a very hot shower and it seemed to kill whatever it was. That company fell apart soon after due to poor management and a holy roller CFO whose real agenda was financial ruin and lining his pockets, point being I was unable to follow up with her and see if the hot shower was a real solution and prevented further spread. I included this in the post to illustrate the improbability of a fungal infection the woman was a coworker and screwing the boss our relations were strictly professional no physical contact whatever and she complained of bites after only one or two days of riding in my work truck. I have also had a run in with bed bugs and while they are vile and disgusting it is not the same thing as JohnnyQuest suggests it is not even similar. Bed bugs grow quite large and are visible though barely with the naked eye even when small. They hurt when they bite and if you know what your dealing with you can wake up from the bite locate and destroy the offender. Bed Bugs grow to roughly tic size and are easy to locate they tend to hide under the seem that runs along the top of the mattress. Once I realized the nature of the pest I was dealing with I was rid of them quite quickly as I do not have carpet but ceramic for those you can use rubbing alcohol in atomizer but if possible you should probably get rid of the bed itself. After reading the above post on this page about the alcohol I may try that for the mites as well. I have gone to war now with my as yet invisible foe and will not stop until one of us is dead. I will post again if possible with any further results and with any luck eventual success that others may have more to go on than some quack telling you Your Crazy because he doesn't know His Job beyond diagnosing and treating for the most likely suspect. I have watched some footage also on Morgellon's and I don't believe it to be the same thing but perhaps if it is then maybe Morgellon's isn't a disease at all but a misdiagnosed parasitic infestation. I don't place much store in what doctors say they've turned western medicine into an industry and have no interest in curing anything they only want to treat symptoms write you a pill. If they had knowledge that it was a parasitic problem that could be readily cured but thought that it had the potential to become a cash cow like diabetes, well, they're probably working on a pill to control the level while still allowing cohabitation to develop a maintenance program. As for the CDC check out Jessie Ventura on youtube and you can see for yourself what the CDC has planned for us perhaps Morgellon's is the way to an end, a biological weapon.  


No more bugs wrote at 2013-02-25 02:55:57
Hello all, my 2 cents:

Had problem itching these biting feeling on my skin..

Told my wife and she said all in my head. 2 months later...



finally got some clear tape and pressed upon my skin...viola!

looked under microscope and there they were. little critters with legs. did extensive research on Internet and found a match.

Bird mites or pigeon mites. sure enough outside our home were two pigeons nesting on the roof. the mites were making their way down the walls into our home.

SOLUTION: 1) got rid of pigeons by using fake owl mounted to roof.

2) ingredient in "pine Sol" was recommended. washed "everything" in infected area many times as well as all clothing with concentrated pine-Sol.



checked for next few days and they subsided and finally were gone


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