Question In the past couple months, my daughter's recently built home in Texas has become infested with what she initially thought were bedbugs - until she realized that not only were they biting, but also flying. I suggested they were fleas, actually hopping, but she said she watched several hover, so she's sure they flew. She has 1 well-groomed small dog that rarely is outside for long periods. I have no idea what the bug is. It's brown with a body shape almost like a tick, but 1/10th the size. On it's back under a strong magnifying class, legs or antennae weren't really obvious. Any ideas? Thanks for your input.
Can you get a photo? Otherwise capture a few into alcohol using a damp cotton swab. Take the sample to your county Cooperative Extension office and they will send it to the university for id. I can't really even make a guess unless I see a photo. Post a follow up if you have trouble locating the Extension office, tell me where your are (city) and I'll look up the county office.
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.