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janbb's avatar

Could it be no see'ums?

Asked by janbb (51397points) 2 months ago

Still getting bites, not as many and not all over my ankles. It’s not bedbugs. I’m supposed to have the exterminator do another flea treatment but I’ve seen a few tiny flying bugs so I am wondering. The bites are mainly on my legs but higher up and some on arms and torso. Any ideas?

(I finally thought of putting insect repellent on today.)

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chyna's avatar

Any chance you can catch one to show the bug people?

janbb's avatar

I don’t know if I can but I can try. I’m definitely going to call tomorrow (after my major dental work) and talk to them.

canidmajor's avatar

Check all your screens. I get some tiny bitey gys that look like tiny black mosquitos.
If you don’t like using regular bug stuff, I have a recipe for very effective essential oil based bug stuff. It’s a bit of a $ outlay at first, but I use so much of the stuff that it ends up being cheaper in the long run.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

I’m itching to get to the bottom of this mystery.

Well, not me. Not literally. But I really want to know.

janbb's avatar

@canidmajor I have a natural insect repellent made from essential oils that I am trying.

canidmajor's avatar

Hopefully it will help! Digits all crossed for you!

janbb's avatar

Biting a penguin in her own home seems most unfair!

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

This works wonders and does not smell bad.

janbb's avatar

@ARE_you_kidding_me Thanks. I have something called “Buzz Off” in the house that I am trying now.

It sort of stuns me that I didn’t think of trying insect repellent until now as a partial solution. I think of it for outside but hadn’t thought of it for inside.

jca's avatar

Did you wash all your bedding in hot water and put it all in the dryer?

janbb's avatar

@jca Yup. All done a few weeks ago.

jca's avatar

If it was fleas, they drop eggs and the eggs hatch a few weeks later (I think it was 21 days). Then the new fleas are dropping eggs. If I were you, I’d wash the bedding again, and any blankets you may have on the couch, too.

janbb's avatar

Yes, I’ve been vacuuming for the eggs.

janbb's avatar

I found a home remedy for catching no see’ums – a bowl half full of vinegar and half full of dish detergent. We’ll see if any show up.

jca's avatar

I had all kinds of fleas in my carpeting when the baby was born and I did the dish detergent with the light on (all night – it wasn’t too good for my sleeping). I may have caught one. It wasn’t like it got all of them. Name the over the counter remedy, I tried it and it didn’t work.

janbb's avatar

^^ I don’t know what you’re asking about.

jca's avatar

@janbb: I’m saying I tried everything from stores – powders, sprays, flea dips for the cats, bomb for the room and nothing worked till I called the pro.

janbb's avatar

I’ve had the pros once already and they’re coming this week to do a re-treatment.

jca's avatar

@janbb: I know. I’m saying I wouldn’t bother with the soap in the dish.

kritiper's avatar

Sounds like your carpeting is infested with fleas.

janbb's avatar

Yes, well that what we’ve been treating it as.

kritiper's avatar

Have the lawn checked, too.

janbb's avatar

Yes. Thanks.

jca's avatar

He should spray the basement, too, @janbb.

janbb's avatar

Makes sense.

canidmajor's avatar

I know I’ve mentioned this on other threads, and to you personally, @janbb, but here goes again.Fleabusters is orthoboric acid. I don’t know how that differs from boric acid, the prefix “ortho” would seem to indicate that it’s specialized somehow.
Anyway, when I used it in my Seattle house, where I had 2 dogs and a cat, and was constantly plagued by fleas, I never had another problem. I moved out three years later.
I used it 6 years ago in this house and have not had a problem since with anything I treated. Some new furniture, and a new rug needed to be treated, but nothing else.

Cheaper than the exterminator.

If it’s no-see-must, this stuff probably won’t help.

Brian1946's avatar

If it’s no see’ems, then it can only be a rare, transparent species of… bed bug.

janbb's avatar

@Brian1946 Back to that, huh?

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