Question My daughter and I have been having crawling bugs on us that we can't see. This started after we brought an outside cat in the house. I frontlined the cat 2 weeks before we brought her in. We then had her spayed and de-clawed. We noticed stuff crawling on us- so I assumed it was fleas and got spray from the vet to spray the house. That didn't do anything. I took her back and she said she had ear mites. So she used revolution on her. We went to the medical Dr. and we all got treated for bugs with Permethrin 5% which did nothing. What ever we have- it has been almost impossible to catch one. It is all over the house. I vacuum daily. I use borax, Windex, bounce fabric sheets as deterrents. These do seem to help. I need help on catching one so we can positively ID. The cat was removed from our home. I really need guidance on what to do. I have researched online..it's so hard to know what is reputable.
There are very few insects and mites that bite people but many things that can mimic bug bites, see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/unknown_bug_bites.html for a list. My guess is that you are experiencing one of the things that mimic bug bites such as allergies and physical irritants. Since these sensations began with the new cat I'd suspect an allergy to cat dander but there are many other possibilities. You may want to focus less on finding an insect or mite and more on these other causes. Sorry I can't be more specific.
I can answer questions about the control of pest insects, spiders, mites and related arthropods. These household pests include termites, carpenter ants, powderpost beetles, nuisance ants, bed bugs, cockroaches, fleas, wasps, and many others. I can also answer questions about using pesticides and other pest control tools such as baits and traps.
I am a retired university extension entomologist. I've taught and conducted research in urban and agricultural entomology. I've published over 70 extension publications, 20 research publications and several books about insects.