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Transformed
Aug 24, 2006, 09:16 AM
HELP!! Does anyone know what this is? Can you help me research this pest?

I've been searching the internet and writing people for several weeks. Yet I haven't been able to find information on this pest. So it must be something new.

People are contracting a tiny white insect, arthropod, or parasite from clothing of retail stores or other people. This pest is neither a mite nor a flea. It's not lice. It looks like fiber or thread. Yet it's not affiliated with Morgellons or Fibre Disease.

Please pay close attention as I describe the physical attributes and symptoms of this pest. If someone has this pest, they will see 3 types of White things:

1) tiny round things about the size of a spec of salt; some are a little larger
2) tiny, oblong shaped, things that look like a piece of thread or fiber; varies in length from 1/16 to 1/8 of an inch long (It grows.) **It unfolds itself to fly. It crawls also.
3) slightly larger round white things that jump.
I see #1 and #2 most often.

If someone has this pest, they will have the following physical symptoms:
1) Bites that sting
2) Red skin rashes and/or small red bumps
3) Lighting sensations; Victims will feel the pest or its eggs lighting on their skin.
4) Optional: Itching **I donít itch, but another victim has an itching problem.

Entomologists, Health Departments, medical doctors, and pest control companies arenít familiar with this pest. Some professionals will claim thereís no such thing. Therefore, it's difficult for pest victims to get help. **This pest is not related to Morgellon/Fibre Disease.

If you have any information on this pest or if you know anyone who is infested with it, please write me at: twfparasite(at)yahoo(dot)com (Use the ďatĒ symbol and period.)

Thanks for your time and assistance.

caadev
Apr 12, 2007, 08:36 AM
Please help!! I've had this problem for months! Two exterminators did not believe me, said it was lint. Ammonia seems to get rid of them. We can't be having the same hallucinations.

gnahcd
Nov 21, 2007, 12:47 AM
A thread-like organism that flies? If it doesn't have wings, it isn't likely to fly. It might be able to "float" on the wind, but not actively fly. http://www.ca.uky.edu/entomology/entfacts/entfactpdf/ent58.pdf

ec64
Nov 23, 2007, 02:29 PM
HELP!!! Does anyone know what this is? Can you help me research this pest?

I've been searching the internet and writing people for several weeks. Yet I haven't been able to find information on this pest. So it must be something new.

People are contracting a tiny white insect, arthropod, or parasite from clothing of retail stores or other people. This pest is neither a mite nor a flea. It's not lice. It looks like fiber or thread. Yet it's not affiliated with Morgellons or Fibre Disease.

Please pay close attention as I describe the physical attributes and symptoms of this pest. If someone has this pest, they will see 3 types of White things:

1) tiny round things about the size of a spec of salt; some are a little larger
2) tiny, oblong shaped, things that look like a piece of thread or fiber; varies in length from 1/16 to 1/8 of an inch long (It grows.) **It unfolds itself to fly. It crawls also.
3) slightly larger round white things that jump.
I see #1 and #2 most often.

If someone has this pest, they will have the following physical symptoms:
1) Bites that sting
2) Red skin rashes and/or small red bumps
3) Lighting sensations; Victims will feel the pest or its eggs lighting on their skin.
4) Optional: Itching **I donít itch, but another victim has an itching problem.

Entomologists, Health Departments, medical doctors, and pest control companies arenít familiar with this pest. Some professionals will claim thereís no such thing. Therefore, it's difficult for pest victims to get help. **This pest is not related to Morgellon/Fibre Disease.

If you have any information on this pest or if you know anyone who is infested with it, please write me at: twfparasite(at)yahoo(dot)com (Use the ďatĒ symbol and period.)

Thanks for your time and assistance.
My 4 year old wore some new jeans out of the packet last weekend.All week she has had a rash that starts with red blotches,then they turn a purplish pink and are raised slightly,rather like bruises to look at,then they turn into small red spots.They don't irritate or itch.The rash starts where the leg of her underwear is and finishes at the top of where her socks would be.My local pharmacist is mystified and just said they resembled bites but were too localised as only the thigh to ankle area was affected.Could this be this parasite that can live in fabric?

blu130
Jul 27, 2008, 04:46 PM
I have been tortured by this unknown pest for the last 3 years. What is it? I have been bombing my apartment for fleas every couple of months because I thought I had flea bites. I took my cats to the vet and my cat didn't have fleas. I felt and still feel the bites and crawling sensations on my skin and I usually pull off tiny spes of round things (like specs of salt), but sometimes they are small, round and black. They usually leave bites that look like I was scratched(which eventually turn into a dark mark) or leave mosquito -like bites that itch. I contacted an exterminator and told him some insect is biting me, mostly at night and I cannot sleep. I showed the exterminator the samples I had collected of what I thought was biting me. He stated "It wasn't an insect, just probably dirt". Sometimes I find these unknown pests in my bed, clothing and on my skin. There are times when I wear certain clothing, I feel biting sensations on my legs, arms and back and when I remove my clothing and turn it inside out, I sometimes see a
Thread-like white substance or white specs. The doctors don't believe me. They have replied its probably in my mind. If that's the case, why do have rashes on both arms, and mosquito-like itchy bites on my waist, legs and thighs. So far, I had 3 different pest control companies inspect my apt. But they want to spray for bedbugs. However they see no evidence of bedbugs in my apt. Does anyone know how to get rid of this unknown pest? I haven't had a good night of sleep in a while!

JudyKayTee
Aug 19, 2008, 01:29 PM
:confused: What kills this tiny white parasite that has invaded me and my home, and will I get sick or finally die from their stings? No one believes that they exists, they say its all in my mind because they don't look like regular bugs.


I answered one of your other posts on this subject -

findit
Nov 25, 2008, 10:51 AM
I have had the same problem. There is some kind of flying mite like a midge that has invaded my home and car. I am about to lose my mind trying to get rid of it and tired of washing everything. Gets in clothes, they land and nest in drawers of clothes. I can wash clothes and they will be clean then look a few days later and unfold clothes and find these tiny white specs of bugs on the clothes. There must be something being imported from manufacturer shipping in products. Only thing I can say is that thank god I found this site and that this is not just an isolated problem for me. Doctors and pest control has told me there is nothing, then why do I have bite marks and small welts?

zjivka
Nov 25, 2008, 02:51 PM
Try
Thysanoptera.

:)

msimmune
Nov 29, 2008, 03:16 PM
They hate salt, peroxide, baking soda and clorox. To control the symptoms try high doses of vitamin c , b12, b6, alfalfa tablets. Makec sure you put borax in your wash. DON'T PUT YOUR LAPTOP ON YOUR BED. WEAR GLOVES WHEN YOU WASH YOUR HAIR OR IT WILL GET ON YOUR SCALP. YOU'RE IN THE EARLY STAGES OF THE MONSTER!

JudyKayTee
Nov 29, 2008, 03:41 PM
They hate salt, peroxide, baking soda and clorox. To control the symptoms try high doses of vitamin c , b12, b6, alfalfa tablets. Makec sure you put borax in your wash. DON'T PUT YOUR LAPTOP ON YOUR BED. WEAR GLOVES WHEN YOU WASH YOUR HAIR OR IT WILL GET ON YOUR SCALP. YOU'RE IN THE EARLY STAGES OF THE MONSTER!


Can't they simply walk up your body to your scalp if that's where they want to be?

nuitgoddess
Jan 4, 2009, 03:32 PM
Help. I have the same problem and have had no relief. Please email me if you have found a solution. I have tried at least 1 products and solutions, both natural and poisons. Please somebody help. nuitgoddessATyahooDOTcom

asking
Jan 4, 2009, 05:51 PM
Your description seems odd. Why should there be so many different forms?
An oval, a thread that unfolds to fly, and still another than is larger and jumps?
Parasites tend to be very simple animals.

If this is real, please post a url for a photo that is detailed enough to be recognizable as an arthropod. If you can see this much detail, then you should be able to take a photograph.

Thanks.

asking
Jan 4, 2009, 05:55 PM
My 4 year old wore some new jeans out of the packet last weekend.All week she has had a rash that starts with red blotches,then they turn a purplish pink and are raised slightly,rather like bruises to look at,then they turn into small red spots.They dont irritate or itch.The rash starts where the leg of her underwear is and finishes at the top of where her socks would be.My local pharmacist is mystified and just said they resembled bites but were too localised as only the thigh to ankle area was affected.Could this be this parasite that can live in fabric?

This is much more likely to be a reaction to some chemical in the pants you bought. I hope you have washed them by now. And if that did not help, thrown them out. It is UNlikely to be an insect.

New clothes are often treated with stiffeners to make them look "new." Wash before wearing. Same for any new dishes, which also may not be clean.

asking
Jan 4, 2009, 06:04 PM
I think the problem here may be excessive cleaning and chemical products which dries the skin, causing it to flake--small white objects. Dry skin is easily irritated by fabrics whose fibers pull at the skin.

If the pest guy can't find any pests in the house and doctor can't find any parasites, that's a pretty strong indication that it's something else. In any case, a few parasites are actually good for us. Read the book "Riddled with Life" by Marlene Zuk to learn how parasites can prevent asthma, allergies, Crohn's disease, etc.

Scratching at night could cause slight scabbing, which would look like tiny black pellets as described. Our houses are normally FILLED with particles and threads.

If perhaps you have some mild fungal or bacterial infection, the best solution is not more bleach and strong chemicals but to rebalance the natural flora that live on our skin. They are supposed to be there. Hold a child who has been playing in the dirt, or go out and lie in a grassy field in a nearby state park. Stop trying to run away from germs.

Mice raised with zero germs don't develop their organs properly and need 30 percent more calories to survive than regular mice that have germs in them and on them. Most germs and parasites are not a devastating illness by any means.

findit
Jan 10, 2009, 07:07 PM
Help. I have the same problem and have had no relief. Please email me if you have found a solution. I have tried at least 1 products and solutions, both natural and poisons. Please somebody help. nuitgoddessATyahooDOTcom

Well then there are many of us with the same problem. I have narrowed it down to be some kind of biting midge (local co-op identified them) and these are flying insects so simply spraying floors and cleaning carpets and furniture is not enough or foggers either. They look like a mini mosquito about 1/8 inch. The females bite for blood like a mosquito. These are small as fine dust when hatched (white specs on furniture, walls, clothing, anywhere) and fit in any crevice corner or fold of material. Before they spawn they look like short threads and yes unfold their wings and fly off. Nothing kills them all, even switching and alternating to multiple chemicals and natural green products, it only kills the older adults while the young and larva are hearty survivors. DEET just deters them for a while, you would have to constantly pump fresh supplies of DEET. They can easily get in drawers and clothing. In clothing they will weave a nest with threads from the fabric. According to some research I have done, the larva have the great capacity to adapt, protein that covers them change to adapt to changes and survive in tempertures of the antarctic winters. In a closed environment these will look for food/survival and human skin and blood is the choice and they will zone in by detecting CO2 from your body.
Now where are all the expert exterminators and entomologists to help us?

WhatAreThey
Jan 22, 2009, 06:54 AM
Does anybody have a suspected mold in the house. In my readings (on the internet, so not sure about the validity) that molds that are microorganisms also have much tinier organisms that would feed on them... I have this lint floating and white specks flying in my house and on my clothes. I see them in my husbands clothes and on my kids hair but they are not bothered by them. However I am bothered by them. It started in Agust 2008 and I recall being very stressed at work. I think it is because of molds... Now if I get rid of any molds (HOW) in the house can I get rid of them?

asking
Jan 22, 2009, 09:29 AM
I have narrowed it down to be some kind of biting midge (local co-op identified them) and these are flying insects so simply spraying floors and cleaning carpets and furniture is not enough or foggers either. They look like a mini mosquito about 1/8 inch. The females bite for blood like a mosquito. These are small as fine dust when hatched (white specs on furniture, walls, clothing, anywhere) and fit in any crevice corner or fold of material. Before they spawn they look like short threads and yes unfold their wings and fly off. Nothing kills them all, even switching and alternating to multiple chemicals and natural green products, it only kills the older adults while the young and larva are hearty survivers. DEET just deters them for a while, you would have to constantly pump fresh supplies of DEET. They can easily get in drawers and clothing. In clothing they will weave a nest with threads from the fabric. According to some research I have done, the larva have the great capacity to adapt, protein that covers them change to adapt to changes and survive in tempertures of the antarctic winters. In a closed environment these will look for food/survival and human skin and blood is the choice and they will zone in by detecting CO2 from your body.
Now where are all the expert exterminators and entomologists to help us?

Findit, I think you've confused some different insects.

I did a little reading about no seeums, or biting midges (family Ceratopogonidae) and it appears to me that the larvae are all aquatic. In the water, they go through different stages (instars), and then form a pupa that is also aquatic. The larvae live in water. Most eat algae or detritus. A few are predaceous, but they are eating other bugs.

Adults that come out of the pupa are full size. They don't grow after that. If you have significant numbers of midges in your house, they are all adults and you need to get fine mesh screens to keep them out. Midges can be very tiny. There are about 5000 different species. But I doubt you would find the larvae in your house, unless you have large pools of standing water in your house, certainly not on furniture, walls, etc.

If you are finding nests with threads of fabric, that could either be clothes moths (which do not bite people) or dermestid beetle larvae (carpet beetles), which also do not harm people. These insects just eat wool clothes and carpets.

Mosquitos, ticks, biting flies, and other blood sucking creatures do find their host by following carbon dioxide that we breathe out of our lungs. I've tried holding my breath when plagued by mosquitos, but of course you can't do that very long!

My kids and I have been bitten by biting midges and they leave discrete huge red welts, not a scattered rash. Ours are small, about 2 mm long, but not microscopic by any means. A lot of the scientific literature on biting midges is Australian. Do you live in Australia?

Depending on where you live, it's normal to have a few insects, spiders and mites in your house and attempting to eradicate every last one is both futile and bad for your health. The toxins that kill other animals are generally bad for us too, although obviously we are not as sensitive to these chemicals because we are so much bigger.

To get rid of clothes moths and dermestid beetles, you need to clean any woolen fabrics you are not actually wearing day to day and put then put them away in plastic bags or a cedar chest that is hard for an insect to get into or repellant. Clean regularly by vacuuming and/or sweeping. Obviously moth balls are an option, but they smell bad and they are carcinogenic as well. If you are wearing the clothes regularly, the beetles and moths will normally leave them alone.
asking

findit
Jan 22, 2009, 09:02 PM
These are definitely no seeums, tiny as dust and airborne, females do bite, males look for food. Since they are trapped inside the house they are like crazed, in a manner of speaking, desperate to survive and reproduce as what they do naturally. One room of house had to rip out carpet and flood floor boards with bleach and wash walls/ceiling with bleach to kill them. These are not a few but many. Definitely pesticide and weather resistant super midge. I live in Northern US.

Findit, I think you've confused some different insects.

I did a little reading about no seeums, or biting midges (family Ceratopogonidae) and it appears to me that the larvae are all aquatic. In the water, they go through different stages (instars), and then form a pupa that is also aquatic. The larvae live in water. Most eat algae or detritus. A few are predaceous, but they are eating other bugs.

Mosquitos, ticks, biting flies, and other blood sucking creatures do find their host by following carbon dioxide that we breathe out of our lungs. I've tried holding my breath when plagued by mosquitos, but of course you can't do that very long!

My kids and I have been bitten by biting midges and they leave discrete huge red welts, not a scattered rash. Ours are small, about 2 mm long, but not microscopic by any means. A lot of the scientific literature on biting midges is Australian. Do you live in Australia?

Depending on where you live, it's normal to have a few insects, spiders and mites in your house and attempting to eradicate every last one is both futile and bad for your health. The toxins that kill other animals are generally bad for us too, although obviously we are not as sensitive to these chemicals because we are so much bigger.

asking
Jan 22, 2009, 09:07 PM
Okay, but to repeat, what you wrote below is not consistent with biting midges:

These are small as fine dust when hatched (white specs on furniture, walls, clothing, anywhere) and fit in any crevice corner or fold of material. Before they spawn they look like short threads and yes unfold their wings and fly off.

Midges, which are flies, hatch from eggs into water. I do not believe you would find the larvae like "dust" on walls. The adults' wings are also not folded (as might be the case if they were a type of beetle), so they cannot "unfold their wings."

Have you looked at this dust under a lens or microscope?

findit
Jan 23, 2009, 01:50 PM
These midges were all over the yard and in garage. They might not be the typical ones you encountered. We were/are getting bite and welt marks body and scalp thinking it was mosquitoes but not. Took some to co-op extension, identified them under microscope. We were bringing them into the house on clothing and yes in hair and they were getting in through the backyard window screens. But we didn't see the no-see-ums. Hopefully frost has killed them off. Since the female lays its first batch without blood meal then each female lays hundreds of offspring and on and on, then they need blood meal for subsequent eggs. Plenty of squirrels and birds for that. There was an event of deer deaths nearby from midge bites. The yard was neglected by previous owner, bought house in winter it was our first summer here. Had the foundation water problem, fixed. Just as many have responded to the same symptoms and agony of trying to rid these things. The many of us aren't hallucinating. Tried pesticides and green products indoors/out, work for a while then they are back. This isn't living its torture. I am looking for resolution short of dumping everything I own out of my house down to the floor boards and that is no guarantee.

asking
Jan 23, 2009, 02:15 PM
I don't doubt something miserable is happening! Sounds awful. I was just trying to help you sort out what sounds like several different issues to me.

You said you looked at the flying midges under a microscope, or somebody at an agricultural research coop (?) did. So far so good. "no seeums" is just another name for biting midges. So I assume you saw some of them or you wouldn't know you had them. Yes?

But I was specifically talking about the "dust" you mentioned, which you said you thought was midge larvae. That would likely not be midge larvae (or they would be in water, not on walls). I assume those are also not the adults. So it would be good to find out what it is. Did you look at the dust under a microscope? Or did someone else look at the dust?

findit
Jan 23, 2009, 02:33 PM
The midges are fine as dust not the larva. An occasional are larger by mm. So small that in daylight you don't see them as they land on furniture amongst dust. White specs on clothing. Found larva in corners of garage in leaf piles. What can I tell you, they intend to survive and have adapted. Analogize to this true story: Women had a fine rash over front of thighs, upper arms, back and bottom, red thickening skin on finger nuckles. Eight doctors over several months said it was nothing but a dermatologic reaction to something. She went into renal failure, doctors tested further and found it was MRSA. No it did not display the typical features/symptoms. Case in point these guys aren't acting like text book.

asking
Jan 24, 2009, 08:51 AM
Thanks for answering my question. I do understand that life varies and that it's possible that the generalization that all biting midge larvae are aquatic could have an exception. Still, your account did not make sense to me, so I am trying to at least understand how you know what you know.

So you are saying the adult midges are white and the size of dust particles? In your first post you said they were about 1/8 inch, which is pretty easy to see and a lot bigger than most dust particles. Could you clarify?

Have you found them on you biting?

How did you know the larvae in the leaf piles in the garage were the larvae of the midges?

Do you think the larvae are biting you too?

findit
Jan 24, 2009, 05:48 PM
Most are dust size in house, occasional that I found outside big enough to see about1/8". There were leaves piled in corners of garage and around yard after snow thaw, soaking wet. Many trees around. Found out many neighbors have yard flooding, so area is wet. Broken french drain removed to dry out house perimeter. Found midges nest in the wet leaves and moist dirt, saw them and larva (short curved rod like), eggs (look like pods with tails) so I think they are each others. Feel bites at the time bit occasionally, swat where I feel but no bug, stinger in skin several times, very short, burning feeling, I squeeze/wash it out with peroxide. Ones in scalp don't feel until after bit. Only sub zero inactivates them, soon as near 20-30 degrees see them flying. Easiest to see with dim light at night in garage. Open car door they zoom out. First noticed strange heavy white dust in house thought it strange as I dust and next day back. Had all furnace ducts/cold air side cleaned, still there. Change filter weekly. Sick of it all.

findit
Jan 24, 2009, 06:03 PM
Also noticed that city trees on tree lawn up front by my house and two other houses that have same type tree have moss on trunk and large brances, trees seem sickly many dropping medium to large branches those are dry dead, strange. Going to request city cut these down as falling branches are a hazzard. [QUOTE=findit;1506008]Most are dust size in house, occasional that I found outside big enough to see about1/8". There were leaves piled in corners of garage and around yard after snow thaw, soaking wet. Many trees around. Found out many neighbors have yard flooding, so area is wet. Broken french drain removed to dry out house perimeter. QUOTE]

Jim71
Jan 28, 2009, 12:37 PM
OMG... I am having the same symptoms! Been to 8 doctors total and they all pretty much say I am delusional! I rather be delusional on having a money tree than these freaking what ever it is! I will try to post some pictures I took on my digi cam in macro settings later after work.

Has anyone found ANY answers to this problem? I am up to my wits end battling this problem, more sadly is that I see my little 3 year old girl suffering the same! Itching her whole body from head to toe. I have tried everything in my ability to manage but I am running out of fuse... Someone, anyone? Please help us :(

findit
Jan 29, 2009, 12:17 AM
Another place that they love is computers and monitors, probably the warmth and going in and out of the vents is like a nifty hive nest for them. I had to open hard drive vacuum it out, spray it with Raid home/garden bug spray, covered it with plastic bag for a day then air it out before plugging and starting up. Monitors, vacuumed the vents furiously and took a cloth with Raid and wiped across vents, any air hole and seams around edges, covered with plastic, printer I sprayed a paper sheet put in tray, covered with plastic, keyboard vacuum and shook it out sprayed acros the key board and plastic bag routine. Do it every couple weeks. Lysol disinfectant spray on carpet and vacuum, vacuum, vacuum. Vacuum walls and ceiling since they are flying demons they will rise to the ceiling. I agree this is nuts and these things are demonic.

Jim71
Jan 29, 2009, 06:57 AM
Another place that they love is computers and monitors, probably the warmth and going in and out of the vents is like a nifty hive nest for them. I had to open hard drive vacuum it out, spray it with Raid home/garden bug spray, covered it with plastic bag for a day then air it out before plugging and starting up. Monitors, vacuumed the vents furiously and took a cloth with Raid and wiped across vents, any air hole and seams around edges, covered with plastic, printer I sprayed a paper sheet put in tray, covered with plastic, keyboard vacuum and shook it out sprayed acros the key board and plastic bag routine. Do it every couple weeks. Lysol disinfectant spray on carpet and vacuum, vacuum, vacuum. Vacuum walls and cieling since they are flying demons they will rise to the ceiling. I agree this is nuts and these things are demonic.


What did you do for the inside of your car? I know if your car is infested with these things you take it with you everywhere you go in that car! I had people sitting behind me and my little girl in restaurants complaining that we had body lice since they itched and itched after we were sat in our table. Of course I went to the doctors after that and was told I have nothing and I am delusional... I had monsterclean(dot)com visit my house and cleaned all my carpets, bug man came and sprayed the entire house and yard, threw a bunch of stuff away, emptied my garage power washed the floors and painted them along with 2 coats of mildew resistant paint and 2 coats of glossy white on the walls but that didn't stop them :(

However, I did have one of the best night of sleep last night! I went and purchased a honeywell true hepa air-cleaner and that made a BIG difference! I did not feel anything fall on me or craw on my face like I did for the last 2.5 years. I'm thinking about getting more to place around the house and even one in my car. I also printed this thread and brought it to my doctors visit yesterday to show him others are also experiencing the same and asked for a Lyme disease test.

findit do you get any rash from this crazyness? Not all the time but it seems to come in cycles, maybe every couple of months?

findit
Jan 29, 2009, 10:45 AM
Bought canned spray from exterminator. Spray car and it is good for a few days. Makes car stink! Air out for couple hours. I have the car detailed inside: steam clean carpets, seats and headliner, clean widows monthly.
I have bite marks, pin point and the welts, get a rash on upper arms and upper back. Legs itch when clothes rub up. My hands get red and leathery. But don't you know it is all in our heads.
Exterminator told me the psychosomatic syndrome too, until I told him I had the bugs identified at lab. Then "oh, yes, midges, punkies, no-seeums..." I asked him why didn't he mention them as possibility before, he said he never heard of such thing occurring. Only thing they seem to know is fleas and bedbugs. They sent a guy over to spray and I had to tell hime to spray under sink and vanity, stairs. He didn't know what he was doing, I cancelled the service.

asking
Jan 31, 2009, 10:33 AM
Here is a photo of some very tiny biting midges that shows how tiny they get.

http://z.about.com/d/insects/1/0/J/4/-/-/biting-midges.jpg

And various midge larvae--biting and non biting, also black fly larvae
http://www.nwnature.net/macros/diptera.html

asking
Jan 31, 2009, 10:38 AM
Biting Midge eggs are roughly bananashaped, with rounded ends and asurface variously adorned withminute projections. They arerarely encountered in natureand are laid in batches of up to fiftyin or near the larval habitat. A tiny worm like larva hatches and is the main feeding stage of the lifecycle. It grows from first to fourthinstar, moulting each time, over a periodof days, weeks or months according to speciesand environmental factors.The pupal stage looks rather like a tiny leglessblunt nosed lobster which breathes air through a pair of smallrespiratory trumpets at the head end. It does not feed duringthis stage


Maybe this would be helpful to someone:
MIDGES (http://209.85.173.132/search?q=cache:veE9B49MptUJ:www.goldcoast.qld.gov. au/attachment/midges_brochure.pdf+%22biting+midge+eggs%22&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=4&gl=us)

nuitgoddess
Apr 14, 2009, 07:26 PM
I do not know what the hell it is but an Ozone generator seems to control them. I am buying my second one. At least it is better than pesticides. An ozone g generator is not an ionizer. With an ozone generator, you and family and pets must leave the house/car. Ozone is toxic but it removes odors and mold from your house too.

Although it removes these pests from the air, I have not found a way to remove them from clothing. I am about to throw away ALL my clothing. I have given up on finding a solution to extract and kill them in infested linens, blankets, clothing, curtains, furniture, carpets.

Good luck to you all

hendrick91
Apr 22, 2009, 12:34 PM
I have beetle looking insects black with white dots on crunchy when you kill them and they have wings could you tell me what they are please

FlyYakker
Apr 24, 2009, 05:28 PM
Hendrick me lad, you need to start a new thread.

Catsmine
May 2, 2009, 07:18 AM
Hendrick, that's a whole different question. Mods, could you open a new thread for him?

Back to the original post, has anyone looked up psocids? Booklice don't bite, per se, but they can irritate skin.

Collemba mites are actually a bit smaller than what has been discussed here, but you might look them up, too.

findit
May 6, 2009, 04:21 PM
How did you use it in your car? I would think it would need to be used weekly for a month or so to kill eggs that hatch. I am at the point of buying one myself and would like to know how you handled the car pests with the ozone generator. It's cheaper than buying a car or constant cost of shampoo interior cleaning that is short lived.




I do not know what the hell it is but an Ozone generator seems to control them. I am buying my second one. At least it is better than pesticides. An ozone g generator is not an ionizer. With an ozone generator, you and family and pets must leave the the house/car.

mmarsha
May 12, 2009, 03:34 AM
I too have the same problem along with some kind of mite or bug that looks like it has a tail or a hook?? Has any one seen anything like this? I wash my clothes in ammonia and borax and iron everything including my bed, every night. It is the only way I can get any peace.

Catsmine
May 12, 2009, 08:49 AM
MMarsha,

That sounds like springtails.Image Search Results (http://www.goodsearch.com/SearchImage.aspx?Keywords=booklice)



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findit
May 14, 2009, 09:48 AM
I too have the same problem along with some kind of mite or bug that looks like it has a tail or a hook??? Has any one seen anything like this? I wash my clothes in ammonia and borax and iron everything including my bed, every night. It is the only way I can get any peace.

Does this thing bite? Then it probably is biting midges, the biting females have a stinger like a mosquito but classified as a fly while the female midge not male midges bite to get blood to lay eggs for each batch after the first batch that uses the reserve that the female midge inherently has. It is an immense battle to get rid of these things. I have stripped carpets, used insecticides but they return. It is near impossible to get them out of the floor boards and between/under the floors in the house as they are survivors and will hide anywhere to survive. They like light fixtures and are attracted to lights and warm places such as heat vents and electrical equipment. Like dust, they stick due to static electricity, including computers. The human scent and CO2 from human breathing is a direct signal for them that human blood is around. Then again they will feed of any blood bearing creature/mammals such as dogs, squirrels, birds.
Spring tail mites look like tiny caterpillars under a microscope. They have a hook they use to jump and hook on to things to catapult themselves. So you may be feeling the springtail jumping. I lived in a rural area once that had issues with them, especially in barns. But they usually sweep off like soot and don't cause the misery of biting midges.
It is well known that there are biting and non biting midges. In the antarctic the midge is the only insect that survives the sub zero temps, so the thought that the cold will kill them is a mistake. These midges are survivors and will adapt/metamorphasis.

mmarsha
May 15, 2009, 03:15 PM
Yes, living with these bugs is torture, and even more so mentally when everyone acts like you are some anti bug and germ person, you know, like you have a mental disorder. This is a real problem, as real as the stinging red mosquito looking bites. We need to find some common thing that we all have, like problems with a wet basement or water around the foundation of our houses?? My basement has been flooding, I don't know if that could be contributing to my problem with these bugs and YES, they are some type of bug that bites. Having problems with flooding and foundational water problems is something that I also have, now I am wondering is there any other common things in our environment that may also be contributing to having these unknown but very real pest? For myself I can not think of anything else except for the fact that I live in an old house in the country? There is a creek near my house ' along with cattle and hay?? I love where I live but I am ready to start looking for another place to live if I can't get rid of this crap. I have been through hell, it is better than it has been, but I want these bugs GONE! As I'm sure everyone who has them does. Is there anything else that anyone can think of that may be a common factor?And just for a quick add on to my note, I have thrown everything out just about and still I am having this problem. I am not a dirty person, I can't understand why I am being infested with these bugs.
These midges were all over the yard and in garage. They might not be the typical ones you encountered. We were/are getting bite and welt marks body and scalp thinking it was mosquitoes but not. Took some to co-op extension, identified them under microscope. We were bringing them into the house on clothing and yes in hair and they were getting in through the backyard window screens. But we didn't see the no-see-ums. Hopefully frost has killed them off. Since the female lays its first batch without blood meal then each female lays hundreds of offspring and on and on, then they need blood meal for subsequent eggs. Plenty of squirrels and birds for that. There was an event of deer deaths nearby from midge bites. The yard was neglected by previous owner, bought house in winter it was our first summer here. Had the foundation water problem, fixed. Just as many have responded to the same symptoms and agony of trying to rid these things. The many of us aren't hallucinating. Tried pesticides and green products indoors/out, work for a while then they are back. This isn't living its torture. I am looking for resolution short of dumping everything I own out of my house down to the floor boards and that is no guarantee.

mmarsha
May 15, 2009, 04:35 PM
Please help!!! I've had this problem for months! Two exterminators did not believe me, said it was lint. Ammonia seems to get rid of them. We can't be having the same hallucinations. Steve 917-353-9250
Yes,I have had some success with ammonia, but I have found that if you put borax in with ammonia and then dry in dryer and then iron everything. Heat kills them dead. I wish I could iron the walls and ceiling too.:)

mmarsha
May 15, 2009, 05:02 PM
Here is a photo of some very tiny biting midges that shows how tiny they get.

http://z.about.com/d/insects/1/0/J/4/-/-/biting-midges.jpg

And various midge larvae--biting and non biting, also black fly larvae
true flies (http://www.nwnature.net/macros/diptera.html)
I think that this is it, when this larvae "salmon Cr.tributary" is not magnified, does it look like a small hair in a c like shape? And can the biting midges look like a black flake like pepper. I have researched and looked and looked for something that looks even somewhat like what I have been seeing and until today nothing, my God, I think these may really be it. Please contact me asap. Thank you!
mmarsha

P.S. Those bites on his hands is just what mine look like!!

findit
May 16, 2009, 06:46 PM
Yes they thrive on moisture. As I said they adapt to what ever environment they manage to get into. I have an older home with basement dampness and I noticed the problem soon after I moved in when I had insulation blown into the walls and believe that it must have disturbed them and pushed them into the house/floor boards/window panes. I dread to think how many are in there! I took down some drop ceiling panels in the basement to fix a broken cable line and there were/are tons of them in there. I had to take a shower after that event and threw the clothes out. Last winter I bagged up all my tableclothes, curtains and such and summer clothes and put them in the garage thinking they would freeze and die. I was wrong. The only thing I found that works on cloth items is BiFen. I washed my curtains table cloths and cloth purses/back packs and put Bifen in the rinse cycle and they don't like the smell and stay off them. That surprised me, then I packed these items in plastic bags and have stored them away in plastic bins. I am not going to keep washing these items over and over. I have curtains only on the main living room window. Everywhere else I have roll up shades. It is much easier to wipe down the shades and wipe these down with bifen than deal with washing curtains. Mini blinds are a favorite hang out for them. If they are in the house you will take them in your auto then its like a vicious cycle back and forth. Damp basements yes, are certainly a great haven for them.
I am sure there are officials, aurthorities out there that know about this problem but will not fess up about it. It is probably something that started as an imported insect that is now out of control. Like the killer bees that have over taken the much needed pollinating bees we once had. There is a virus in our common bees that has been killing them off and farmers are losing many crops. This made the news because it hasn't infested homes and businesses. We aren't crazy, rest asured of that!!

mmarsha
May 16, 2009, 07:42 PM
I am not sure what these bugs are either and I have also been dealing with an infestation for a year. I have tried everything including professional pest control. It helps for a day or two and then they are back. Three days ago I mixed up a plant pesticide called Rotenone Dust 1% with some floor wax and waxed my floors in it. I also mixed half and half rotenone and diatomaceous earth and put it around my bed on the frame, and also around the baseboards, carpet and fireplace, under couch cushions and chairs. I also started taking Food Grade diatomaceous earth orally with some yogurt, you can not taste it. It has no taste or smell. It is suppose to clean out any parasites that may be in your body? At this point I will try anything, But I have had some GREAT results. Better than Any thing else I have done thus far and believe me I have tried everything. I had my first night of bite free sleep that I have had in more than a year. I of course am still using ammonia and borax together in my clothes and then drying in a dryer and then using a garment steamer on my pj's and my bed and sheets and then I iron. Yes, It is very time consuming to do all this and you may think I am going overboard but believe me a night with out being bit and feeling something crawling on you is definitely worth it. By the way if you do not already have a garment steamer I suggest that you get one they are pretty inexpensive and they work. If there are any no see ums on your bed and you use the steamer , when the steam hits them you can see them and also if you don't already have a plastic zip cover for bed and pillows go to walmart and get you some. They are very inexpensive, I try and get new ones every other week and just put them on top of the old one because I am always burning holes in them with my iron but if you are careful you can avoid that,and for your car get some bug bombs and bomb it and then put the food grade diatomaceous earth in your seats and floorboard. You do not have to use a lot of it, just sprinkle it and then rub it in ,good luck. I will let you know if this relief last for me I am going to wax again tonight. Steam mops are also good to use, steam kills them.
P.S. You can also lightly dust yourself with the food grade DE , make sure you get the food grade and you can Google it to get more info about it and where to purchase it at.

rainforestdwell
Jun 1, 2009, 01:39 PM
If you have received any information on this condition PLEASE let me know. I have EXACTLY the same and find no solutions.

I would be very grateful for any assistance or understanding, would prefer a non medical solution, if possible.

Many thanks,


HELP!!! Does anyone know what this is? Can you help me research this pest?

I've been searching the internet and writing people for several weeks. Yet I haven't been able to find information on this pest. So it must be something new.

People are contracting a tiny white insect, arthropod, or parasite from clothing of retail stores or other people. This pest is neither a mite nor a flea. It's not lice. It looks like fiber or thread. Yet it's not affiliated with Morgellons or Fibre Disease.

Please pay close attention as I describe the physical attributes and symptoms of this pest. If someone has this pest, they will see 3 types of White things:

1) tiny round things about the size of a spec of salt; some are a little larger
2) tiny, oblong shaped, things that look like a piece of thread or fiber; varies in length from 1/16 to 1/8 of an inch long (It grows.) **It unfolds itself to fly. It crawls also.
3) slightly larger round white things that jump.
I see #1 and #2 most often.

If someone has this pest, they will have the following physical symptoms:
1) Bites that sting
2) Red skin rashes and/or small red bumps
3) Lighting sensations; Victims will feel the pest or its eggs lighting on their skin.
4) Optional: Itching **I don’t itch, but another victim has an itching problem.

Entomologists, Health Departments, medical doctors, and pest control companies aren’t familiar with this pest. Some professionals will claim there’s no such thing. Therefore, it's difficult for pest victims to get help. **This pest is not related to Morgellon/Fibre Disease.

If you have any information on this pest or if you know anyone who is infested with it, please write me at: twfparasite(at)yahoo(dot)com (Use the “at” symbol and period.)

Thanks for your time and assistance.

Catsmine
Jun 1, 2009, 04:05 PM
Rainforestdwell, have you read this entire thread? Several possibilities were offered. Can you post a picture?

findit
Jun 2, 2009, 01:42 PM
We all are experiencing a very difficult and unrelenting, torturous problem. I found this descriptive link that hits the nail on the head as to what we are experiencing. I am not advocating the product since I have not used it, but the responders description is the most accurate.
Parasites - Kleen Green Enzymes - Natural Ginesis (http://naturalginesis.com/info_parasites.html)

By the way, I bought an ozone generator and still have the problem in my auto. It appears that it must be used at least twice a week to keep the pests at bay, still showering and changing clothes after auto trips, as I don't need more in the house.

mmarsha
Jun 2, 2009, 05:47 PM
We all are experiencing a very difficult and unrelenting, torturous problem. I found this descriptive link that hits the nail on the head as to what we are experiencing. I am not advocating the product since I have not used it, but the responders description is the most accurate.
Parasites - Kleen Green Enzymes - Natural Ginesis (http://naturalginesis.com/info_parasites.html)

By the way, I bought an ozone generator and still have the problem in my auto. It appears that it must be used at least twice a week to keep the pests at bay, still showering and changing clothes after auto trips, as I don't need more in the house.

I'll save you some money, it helps a little. But not enough for me to buy more.

Catsmine
Jun 5, 2009, 01:57 PM
There are several different questions being discussed on this thread and confusion is starting to show. The thread is 3 years old, the original poster has not been back, so this thread is closed.