Could it be Bugs? - Feels Like Bug Bites

This section covers: scabies, mites, Lyme disease, parasites and more. Now here's the cruncher, if you have been fighting these invisible bugs for weeks or months or even years then it is most likely not a bug. Bugs are not invincible, they are living organism and can be killed/exterminated by being boiled, frozen, gassed, poisoned, washed in ammonia or bleach, isolated in bags for weeks, etc.. If you have been doing all of this and you still feel like "invisible bugs are biting" then you must look at other causes! (Those are not real bugs pictured to the left - just a science fiction drawing!)

I'm not really convinced its bugs, but it feels JUST LIKE IT, so how can I rule it out?

Bed bugs

Bedbugs are small, oval, brownish insects that live on the blood of animals or humans. Adult bedbugs have flat bodies about the size of an apple seed. After feeding, however, their bodies swell and are a reddish color. Bedbugs do not fly, but they can move quickly over floors, walls, and ceilings. bedbug bites are on any area of skin exposed while sleeping. Also, the bites do not have a red spot in the center like flea bites do. If you wake up with itchy areas you didn't have when you went to sleep, you may have bedbugs,


The mite is a tiny and usually not directly visible parasite which burrows under the host's skin, causing intense allergic itching. The characteristic symptoms of a scabies infection include intense itching and superficial burrows. The bites appear as small red mosquito-like "bites".

Lyme Disease

A symptom for Lyme disease is a typical bulls eye rash caused by a tick bite. It is quite large compared to all other "bites" and can be several inches across and can be located on a arm, leg or your torso!

"I have Lyme disease and this is a very common symptom. Conventional tests for Lyme will come up "negative" (they are not accurate). You need a test from IGenex labs in California. It's the only one that is accurate at the time of this posting. Be careful about having "Lyme" on your medical record. You might get dropped from insurance. If you can find a Lyme specialist to test you, you will be better off. They will know how to help without compromising your insurance (be sure to discuss this before having the test). There are some good herbal protocols for Lyme disease. Antibiotics do not work long term for most people unless you catch Lyme immediately after infection. To find out more you can read the book Healing Lyme. It's available on Amazon."

"I had been bitten by a Deer Tick and had the infamous Lyme ring on my waistline. I have had these sensations ever since. I am in Fla now and it has gotten worse due to the warmer climate."

Dust mites

Dust mites do not bite, they feed on things such as flakes of shed human skin and live in our homes. House dust mites are a common cause of asthma and allergic symptoms are typically related to wheezing and asthma. People are allergic to the dust mite feces. Read the Dust Mite Adventure

Bird Mites

Bird mites prey on the blood from the birds in whose nests as well as skin these people infest, nevertheless they can't survive upon human blood and can not invade human pores and skin.

"We did have a squirrel in our home last year, he got in through our fire place and since then this has occurred so I'm thinking maybe it's the bird mite/ maybe some of you have dogs and they are picking things up outside (like bird mites) and bringing them indoors. "

"They crawl in ac ducts or windows from pigeons. And even a year or two later even if the birds are gone they will come back."

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Collembola (Springtails)

Collembola are normally less than 6 mm (0.24 in) long and easily visible. Most have an abdominal, tail-like appendage, that is folded beneath the body to be used for jumping when the animal is threatened. It has been suggested that some springtails may infect humans but this is entirely inconsistent with their biology. The scales or hairs from collembolans can cause irritation when rubbed onto the skin. They can be found in damp places such as bathrooms and basements. Check out . Collembola a parasite that has been found in a few people with the symptoms.

Demodex mites.

Demodex is a tiny parasitic mite that live in or near hair follicles. Over one hundred species of Demodex are known and they are among the smallest of arthropods. Only two species living on humans have been identified: Demodex folliculorum and Demodex brevis, frequently referred to as eyelash mites. Demodex mites can't live without a host for more than 3 days. From this reference: Demodex:

Patients who suffer from Demodex infestation may complain of eyelid and eyebrow itching (especially in the morning), madarosis, a burning sensation and a foreign body sensation that seems to originate beneath their lids (eyelids).

Straw Mites

Straw Itch mites are parasitic arthropods which live on the larva and adults of other small insects that infest stored food and landscaping materials. While they prefer to feed upon the bodily fluids of a host insect, straw itch mites will also bite humans and attempt to feed unsuccessfully.

"I'm pretty sure our infestation is from the "itch or straw mite" which can come from leaves, tree bark etc. when I applied some new bark mulch. Our dogs were dragging some mulch into the house. Please go to this site - you will feel better knowing that this is documented:"

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