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I had little bites on my back that had little black splinters in the middle. My boyfriend used tweezers to get them out as they felt like needles and caused intense itching and burning. I also had bed bugs and mice at the time. There are pigeons in the hallway of the building. The doc said scabies but I just don't think it is right. Do you know of any bug that leaves a little black splinter type thing?

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Nicole,

There are no insects or mites that do this. There's an insect called a thrips that is sometimes called "a splinter that bites" (see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/thrips.html) because it is tiny and shaped like a wood splinter, however it does not burrow into the skin. See http://www.livingwithbugs.com/unknown_bug_bites.html for a list of insects and mite that do bite but none leave the sort of splinter that you describe. My guess is these lesions are caused by something else. Have you consulted an MD? Sorry I can't be more specific.

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Jack DeAngelis

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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.

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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.

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Ph.D. in Entomology

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