What kind of mite is this and how do I treat it?

Asked July 15, 2019, 9:18 AM EDT

We are having summer of pestilence at our house. Got rid of fleas, got rid of bedbugs, but something is still biting us. So small you cannot see it when it bites your skin even if you are looking at the spot during the bite. Feels sharp like a flea bite. I collected samples from the shower and looked at under my own microscope. The vet cannot identify and thinks they are fibers. I know this is not the case it is something that is biting us. We did have squirrels on our back porch getting into our compost scraps before we took them out to the backyard. Squirrel buffet basically. We stopped that I got rid of not only compost scraps but anything on the back porch, hosing it off. But I think we have tracked them into our house and now they are biting our family, and our two cats and dog. I called Orkin who treated our house for bedbugs last week, they are coming today to look at this issue. But I am not very confident in their expertise, and would love for you guys to help us get some information on what to this thing is and how to treat it. Thank you so much.

Prince George's County Maryland

1 Response

We checked your photos carefully and there are no signs of insects. This looks like fibrous material. If bed bugs are a concern, we have information on our website on what they look like and how to deal with them if they are found in your home. Work with a pest control company that specializes in bed bug control; some of them do not. https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/bed-bugs

Sometimes allergies, medications, medical conditions, lotions, or detergents can cause a biting sensation that feels like insects. You may want to see your family physician or a dermatologist and describe the sensations you are experiencing. This article has further information that can be helpful for you.