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Old 06-05-2008, 01:15 PM   #1
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Unidentified Bug Bites

I'm not sure that is what biting me. But something is----indoors! I get quite a few bites when I'm inside, with the windows closed. I have no idea what it could be, but they itch and swell. I"M MAD AS H*LL AND NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE!!! Since I don't know if that last statement is making any insects tremble in fear, I need to take action. I'm ready to engage in chemical warfare!

Does anyone have any suggestions for good bug repellants? I need something that is effective but not greasy since I just may be using it indoors....
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Old 06-05-2008, 01:20 PM   #2
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Bedbugs?

Or, if the little welts have a red center, think fleas.
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Old 06-05-2008, 01:21 PM   #3
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Please don't take this the wrong way-could it be fleas?
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Old 06-05-2008, 01:27 PM   #4
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Might be redbugs, aka chiggers, that you got outside and are showing up after the fact.
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Might be redbugs, aka chiggers, that you got outside and are showing up after the fact.
If you spent anytime in Texas grass & weeds, the little b@stards will show up 12-24 hours later. They like to attack where skin is tender (behind knees, and other nether regions) and can drive you insane!!!!
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Preaching to the choir, RE! Yeah, I've worn me some redbug step-ins before!
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If you spent anytime in Texas grass & weeds, the little b@stards will show up 12-24 hours later. They like to attack where skin is tender (behind knees, and other nether regions) and can drive you insane!!!!
REW, I share your view of these loathsome beasts. I dread the advent of late spring/early summer, when they seem to be the worst. Already I have several bites in the tenderest areas, despite precautions taken. Last year 2 bites became seriously infected, requiring a course of antibiotics; the welts took months to disappear.

FWIW, from my trusty Barnes: Invertebrate Zoology:

Larvae of the of Trombicula are the familiar chiggers, or redbugs. The six-legged larva emerges from an egg, which has been deposited on the soil. .... In attacking, the host's skin is bitten and the young mite feeds on the dermal tissue, which is broken down by the external action of proteolytic enzymes. Feeding takes place for up to ten days or more; then the larva drops off. ..... Although chiggers can cause severe dermatitis, they are of much greater medical importance as vectors for pathogens, such as Asian scrub typhus..... The intense itching that results from the bite of a chigger is caused by the mite's oral secretions and not, as commonly supposed, simply by the presence of the mite. Scratching quickly removes the mite, but the irritation remains for several days (no sh**). The application of fingernail polish to "kill" the mite is therefore of little use as a cure.

I respect & revere nature & am tolerant of most of her creatures .. but I really, really hate chiggers.
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Saber-toothed crotch crickets...
Amen! what a great description of the little b@st@rds!
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If you spent anytime in Texas grass & weeds, the little b@stards will show up 12-24 hours later. They like to attack where skin is tender (behind knees, and other nether regions) and can drive you insane!!!!
Gosh!! Texas sure doesn't sound like a good place to live


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Gosh!! Texas sure doesn't sound like a good place to live


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I'm ready to engage in chemical warfare!
Tango, it's been nearly 96 hours since your last post to this thread. You really need to check in with a status report before Dr. Strangelove REWahoo feels compelled to get out his flamethrower and initiate chigger-eradication procedures in your neighborhood...
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Flea Bites:





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Do NOT click here (shows shark bite).
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T-Al, on behalf of all the folks who, like me, are still slaving away at our desk jobs, I just want to thank you for having the time to post those pictures (and the link to the mangled hand). Bravo! I snorted soda out of my nose!
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It woulda been ok if you had omitted the fourth one...
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Trombone,

You are bad! But you get the point across very well.
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Tango, it's been nearly 96 hours since your last post to this thread. You really need to check in with a status report before Dr. Strangelove REWahoo feels compelled to get out his flamethrower and initiate chigger-eradication procedures in your neighborhood...
While I would appreciate REWahoo's efforts, I guess they would be futile since---according to Al's photos---they seem to be flea bites.

And yes, I do have a pet. A totally indoor cat. I'm quite sure he doesn't have fleas. There are neighbor's dogs who live close by and who I come into contact with, but their owners insist they don't have fleas. So it's still a mystery....but I have the rest of my FIREd life to determine the cause/solution.

Thanks everyone!
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I despise chiggers with a passion... them little buggers ate me up last time I was playing army down in Ft. Bragg, NC. I think I still have scars.
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While I would appreciate REWahoo's efforts, I guess they would be futile since---according to Al's photos---they seem to be flea bites.

And yes, I do have a pet. A totally indoor cat. I'm quite sure he doesn't have fleas. There are neighbor's dogs who live close by and who I come into contact with, but their owners insist they don't have fleas. So it's still a mystery....but I have the rest of my FIREd life to determine the cause/solution.

Thanks everyone!
You (the human) can bring fleas into the house. It only takes one to hop onto your foot somewhere.

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