Flea bites from invisible fleas with very selective human tastes

Aloha, I live in an apartment building on a top floor. It has been proven to me that the common area hall carpet is flea infested but the fleas are invisible. (The carpet is vacuumed daily.) I have received more than 100 bites and experienced extremely itchy allergic reactions to all. These bites started at my ankles and feet at first, but later my body from the breast down was eventually bitten, including when I was in bed (weeks later). I was aware that the fleas were inside my apartment even though I could not see them. I had spread EGDE and employed 216 degree steam treatments constantly. However, it has been challenging for me to get the Manager to take care of the problem more than the routine every three months scheduled scrubbing. There have been other people (all women as myself) that have been bitten, but only a few times. We only have one dog on the floor who happens to be next to me, but because the Manager said he inspected the dog two different times and did not find fleas. Ever since I started to protect my feet/legs whenever I must walk over the common area hall carpet by wearing two sets of plastic drawstring bags, I have remained free of flea bites. What is really going on? By the way, my blood type is very rare AB negative; does this matter?

Mahalo,
Frustrated

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Some info
by: Guyon

Hello, my name is Guyon. I also have this or something similar, I've been googling allot to possbile causes and have narrowed it down to what I believe is the cause (at least for me). The thing that I think is causing this is mites. In particular, rat mites, house mouse mites or bird mites.

To explain what mites are I have written an explanation here, it's mostly based on what I've read on several websites and wikipedia.

THE MITE:

Mites in general are tiny creatures that are usually to small for the naked eye and can be seen with a microscope. Mites have 8 legs and their body consists out of one piece. They are similar to spiders except a spider's body consists out of 2 pieces and 8 legs instead of one piece and 8 legs. Just like spiders they are part of the arachnida family. Some mites, like the dust mite, feeds of skin flakes, some on grass and some are parasitic and feed off of others. Scabies for instance is actually a colony of scabies mites.

Since there are lot's of different mites, each feeding off of different things, some people believe that the one treatment might work for one mite but not for the other. I honestly would not know since I've not seen any cure for any mite to begin with, except for scabies ofcourse. Information on cures is hard if not impossible to find. The medical world (doctors I went to) won't help me cause they don't even believe that I have this. They think it's something that my mind thinks is there but actually isn't. Well apart from allot of evidence I just know it's not something my mind made up. Yet they refuse to believe me or try different tests that I recommend doing. Instead they wanna give me drugs ("medication") and I don't see the point of that, usually it only hides the symptoms and doesn't solve the problem and god knows what other side effects you will get, like paranoia or getting fatter. Well anyway, I posted this cause I want help and hope that what I have learned might help someone. Cause this is anoying me, I just wanna get rid of these mites or if it's some other tiny creature, I just wanna get rid of this other tiny creature. I litterally have concluded I don't wanna live anymore if this doesn't go away soon. I've been suffering from this for 5 years and it's been hell. Absolute hell, I can't even breath out to fast sitting above my desk or I'll blow fallen mites in to my hair and beard and the sensation of them crawling thrue it is back. If I don't rub them out of my hair (which takes tons of energy and time and frustration) it becomes incredible itchy after 30 minutes of them being in my hair and beard. I have to thoroughly rub and press down on my scalp as I rub with my fingers (not nails) to get them out, this eventually takes so much energy my arm just isn't able to move for a while, it isn't even cause it hurts, it just can't move. So I simply can't always get them out of my hair in one go, which is very frustrating. Often this takes me 30 - 45 minutes and I do this several times a day if not with 5 minutes in between. Imagine than finally getting them out of your hair and than you accidently breath to fast when sitting at your desk and they are all back. I sleep on my couch cause they have infested my bed and I can't bear to clean the sheets anymore, everytime I pick them up and move them to the washer I launch a million mites into the air and they get into my hair and beard again. So i sleep on my couch where they didn't seem to infest as much, maybe they infested allot more there now. But I don't notice it cause I use clean cleaning cloths as pillows and I use new ones every night which means my head, hair and beard are usually protected from a possible infestation on my couch. If anyone can relate and wants to help figure this out you are welcome, also if you have any usefull info on this you are also welcome. I just want this to end. Thank you.


Guyon

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They're back again
by: Anonymous

I left a post a year ago. After my post, they eventually went away on their own. I have no idea why. Many times I thanked God that they were gone and prayed that they would never come back. Well I got a rescue dog... guess what? He was treated for fleas, but he's still scratching. I'm on Day 3 and I'm feeling the biting sensations return. I honestly don't feel like trying to treat the house. Last time I went through this I tore everything apart and did crazy cleaning, bombing, washing, bleaching, spraying, steaming, etc. Used every solution mentioned on the forums. Nothing worked. I left my house, my furniture, and my old dog with my ex who never got bit. I moved to another state. This experience has been a total nightmare.

I do believe a couple of things: they are invisible fleas or no-seeums. The black specs are flea dirt, which is their poop. Animals can carry them. They may be burrowing in the skin, which is why topical treatments, scrubbing and hot showers don't seem to work. Some humans get bit, while others either don't feel them or are not getting bit. Perhaps it is either blood type or diet that determine who gets bit. I changed my diet and cut out sugar for a long time. Perhaps the invisible fleas have always been here, but they weren't biting me because I didn't taste as good as before. I also wonder if mental health plays a part. When I had them for years, I became wore down and depressed. The biting sensations went from annoying to sleep depriving to almost burning over those years.

I pray more attention is brought to this issue. Good luck to you all!

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Yes! They r real
by: Anonymous

Went to a friends house who had chickens fozty feet from his door. I noticed dogs were itching next day. Then it was my turn. I cant get rid of them. I cant see them anywhere but feel them all over me.sprayed same chair daily and it made NO difference. It is torture. I cant eradicate them or even make a difference. Dont know what to do. Done all the normal things for fleas but they dont die!
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its more than just fleas
by: Anonymous

i was fed up and got a bottle of permethrin 10% from the feed store and disregarding all the warnings i put it in a spray bottle and started drenching my pants. im sitting there getting a headache and sleepy from the poison i just sprayed all o er me, and on my sweatpants i saw this white dot appear. i quickly grabbed it and stuck it in a little container. it was the same shape home plate is on a baseball field. so like a square with a triangle head. it was solid white, and the legs hung out the back were exactly like flea legs. these fckers burrow into my skin, get in my ears , my eyes. they eat me alive and nobody believes me. until i showed them the little piece of shit from hell. they are ninjas, so hard to kill. so hard to see, they are about half the size of a fleaand white. honestly, i think they not only can outjump a flea, but because they are shaped like a damn kite, im pretty sure they can fly.the one i caught was big. they get smaller.someone told me they are sandfleas. i dont know, i just know im close to setting this place a blaze.. and yes with the cats. i dont even own a cat, but i got cats u der my house fighting like its cat fight club. i even saw a damn opposing walk out from under my house like it was no big deal.

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I've become a FLEA NURSERY:
by: T.L. Whitlow


going to try the vinegar with the towels treatment and I'll let you know what happens.
We have been battling biting fleas that embed themselves in your skin for a couple of months now. We have been through all the non-poisonous tea tree oil essential oils and you could just about name it. The only thing that seems really effective on our three dogs is coconut oil. It does kill the fleas when you put it where the dog is being bitten, working from the head on down; special attention to the ears. The blue Dawn liquid also works as a shampoo but dries out their skin and the coconut oil works as a moisturizer or we use olive oil. When we pick the fleas off the dogs we make sure to pop them to ensure their deadness.
THIS IS A NIGHTMARE! Sometimes the fleas are full-sized you can see easily it's a flea and sometimes they are these little dots like the one at the end of this sentence. What scares me the most is that a flea will get in my eye, because when I scratch a bite it bleeds quite a bit. They are not easy to scratch out and hang on as tenaciously as anything I can think of.. After I scratch them out with clean fingernails, I apply alcohol and hydrogen peroxide. I've heard of people getting seriously infected.
right now we vacuum and vacuum like crazy. We've tried the salt and baking soda and it helps, but nothing seems to get rid of them completely. We seem to have diminished the population, but they reproduction is something like the spawn out of hell.
I get bitten like crazy, but my mom with ab negative blood doesn't get bitten at all. So for me, I take showers as hot as I can stand it and then plunk in the bath and soak the bites, as fleas and scabbing brush off easily if you soaked long enough in Dawn liquid.
A steamer also helps quite a bit. It kills them as you go over the bed working your way down to the carpet or floor make sure you go over any cracks in your flooring.
I hope this information is of some help to someone and I'll let you know how the vinegar treatment works out.
Right now our plan of action is to go vinegar throughout and use a wet and dry vacuum to pick it up and then bomb like crazy with whatever product my research will sway me toward. Good luck to all suffering this plague...believe me...I thoroughly empathize with you.

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Dawn
by: Anonymous

Try using dawn on your pets as a shampoo .
It gets rid of them

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Same
by: Anonymous

I first came upon this after traveling up the California Coast to Seattle. It's been years of catching them over and over again since then. So upsetting. I have spent hundreds on sprays, tea tree, lice shampoo, bombs, diatomaceous earth, cimexa, a steamer

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Porblem solved
by: ML

Please go to Google and key in "Itchy stings: How to prevent invisible bird mite stings"

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Suffering for 4 Years
by: Anonymous

I have been suffering from this issue for 4 years. It started after we got bedbugs which Orkin did a job of killing. However shortly after that I started feeling crawling, squirming, tickling, jumping and biting. The bites are often like little pin pricks. My fiance never felt them and thought I was imagining them. Eventually I had to sleep on the couch because I was constantly squirming, scratching and moving around. I couldn't sleep. I thought the bed was infected, but I also felt them on the sofa. I would find tiny black specs in the bedding the next day. They didn't move. I devised a system of stripping everything every day and washing everything in hot water with Borax and mite detergent then drying on high heat. I bleached what I could. My bedding fell apart from all the washing and bleaching. I threw out my area rug and just had the hardwoods. I even took down my curtains and put plastic on the sofa. I also felt the crawling, squirming and biting while outside the house. Wearing skinny jeans was when I felt them the worst. I washed with everything recommended by others on the internet: sulfur soap, apple cider vinegar, Lysol, Listerine, rubbed tea tree oil, peppermint oil, shampooed with lice shampoo. I also drank shots of apple cider vinegar as well. My general doctor and my dermatologist couldn't find anything. Both said they don't think I suffer from delusional parasitosis. I also saw a psychiatrist and she said I wasn't delusional. My doctor prescribed Ivermectin even though she said she was certain i didn't have scabies. I also used Permethrin cream. I also noticed my dog scratched a lot and would stick her paw in her ear. I never saw fleas on her, but the vet combed her fur with a special comb and found "flea dirt." The vet prescribed pills for my dog. I gave my dog several flea baths and sprayed her bedding daily. I bombed the house a few times. Then I called Orkin and showed him the black specs. He said I had invisible fleas that I got from my dog. He sprayed my home 4 times and still didn't get rid of them. My fiance and I eventually split up. He kept the dog. I moved in with friends and for the first few weeks I didn't experience the bugs. I was so happy to be BUG FREE. Then I travelled to Europe and felt the sensation return. I found black specs in the bed. I took everything to the laundromat and then bagged everything in plastic bags. I scrubbed myself really hard and used tea tree oil again. I switched hotels, but the problem persisted. When I returned to my friends' formerly bug- free house I immediately stripped and went through my delousing process with vinegar and tea tree oil. The problem got worse. I was in agony. It was constant all night and the biting almost felt like my skin was burning. The feeling was on my legs, in my private areas, my ears, my nose, even jumping off my eyelashes. Then I moved to Texas. The sensations slowed down, but remained for a month or so. I continued my delousing routine. I bought new clothes. Eventually it seemed to disappear. I must mention I also changed my diet and went off sugar and carbs. I was so happy to be bug-free again. This lasted for 5 months. Then I travelled to Houston on a business trip and felt a few little sensations that night in the hotel bed. I did laundry before returning home. I also showered and scrubbed myself really hard all over. I bought brand new clothes and put them on, but almost immediately the feeling returned. Now I've brought them home with me. I just can't seem to get rid of them permanently. No one else around me seems to have this problem. Someone on a forum suggested that they burrow in your skin or pores. I am now inclined to think that's true after everything I have tried to get rid of them. What is the medical community doing about this issue? I can't find anything really helpful. Good luck to everyone!!!

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Invisible fleas
by: Anonymous

I have the same issue with these invisible fleas. When I had cats, I wasn't being bitten. When we got rid of them I noticed both me and my boyfriend started getting bitten when we laid in bed...eventually it just became me who was and is still getting bitten every day! I've only ever noticed two tiny fleas but I'm absolutely dying here, I need a solution to get rid of these annoying things!

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Yes, these horrible creatures select who to bite!
by: Rita

I left a comment already, but want to land a hand to a fellow sufferer: they byte me, but no two other people in the household!

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Just got this problem - and they are selective!
by: Rita

About a week ago I was bitten by something- got little itchy bump under arm, than - another one and from then on it continues. I vent to see my dermatologist - expected it to be an allergy, but she confirmed insect bites. I live with my handicapped husband and a caregiver - no one has been bitten but me. We have no pets and leave on the third floor in a condominium. The caregiver suggested these are invisible fleas that may have been brought in by the birds- we have many on the balcony, they make nests and have the little ones. Want to thank everyone for their input . will start fight in the morning with vinegar . Will report my progress here ( if there is any).

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Invisable Fleas
by: Samantha

My car & house were infested by fleas , in the car I could see them , tiny black specks , I dont recall them jumping . I nearly killed my self with pesticides spraying down the bed then sheets with a flea spray , that kills fleas & eggs . Sprayed our body with a can spray . Nothing worked really then a friend of mine said to soak towels in vinegar and put them along every door , I did it and they were gone . I was totally amazed . They must be in yard and all the ones in house died. When the Towels dried out they were coming back . Vinegar is the go, and also soak your back yard and squirt dish washing liquid all over it . I swear to you this works . I was in such a distressed state I was crying & Vinegar saved me & my little son . They also love blood with sugar in it , eat lots of yogurt ( plain or Greek ) . They go mad for sugar blood . Good Luck

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Tortured and tormented by fleas
by: Flea Frustrated!

My neighbors had 14 dogs for about a year Where I live there are no city codes controlling that. They're down to about seven dogs now, but about a 6 weeks ago we started getting flea bites. I seldom actually see any, yet I'm covered in terrible bites They don't bother my husband much. He smokes menthol cigarettes, and we wonder if that's what makes the difference
We're treating the yard every three weeks, trying to break that life cycle. Since my neighbors don't treat, it feels like a futile effort.
I tried the homemade flea trap where you put water in a cookie sheet with dish soap and then shine a light on it, and it does work We catch about 20 fleas a day in that trap. But that's just the tip of the iceberg, I'm sure. I've tried several sprays all of which guarantee to kill fleas, of course, but don't. I've ordered Flea-go, which is a borax crystal product that you have to leave on your carpet and floors for three solid weeks without vacuuming. It's out of stock but as soon as it gets in I am going to try it. It attacks fleas by drying out their skeletal structure, and that makes sense. I hope and pray it works because I'm tired of not being able to have my grandchildren come or have company come over. Meanwhile, we scratch !!!

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invisible fleas solved
by: Anonymous

There is no flea at work.until the racoon nest underground the building.they come out at night frome the air exhaust on the bottomside of the building they destroyed.everybody is infested with fleas.they infested their homes too.i can feel it jumping when im sleeping.the racoon was trapped one by one.and the fleas dissapear very slowy until its gone.fleas came back.they found out couple of racoons in the ceiling by reviewing the cctv camera.it was trapped again and the fleas are gone.i hope this will help everybody.i suffered more than two years from flea bites.

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No-see-ums
by: Anonymous

I have been fighting the invisible flea problem for over two years. I first noticed the bites when I went to the movies. We're talking about a very nice multi-plex theater.But these critters prefer dark humid areas. Air conditioning creates a very humid environment. Consequently, I carried the invisible bugs back to my car and infected it. Then my home. I had to get rid of the rugs and install tile and wood flooring. I have to use tie-up bags around my legs and on the seats when driving, I use a professional steam mop daily. I wash my bedding everyday and keep them at bay by running a dehumidifier whenever the humidity gets too high. If the humidity gets over 60, I have increased problems with the painful bug biting.I use cornstarch baby powder on my toes, legs, and any other sweat prone areas at night. All of this helps. Also soaking clothes in water with a bit of Pinealen (like Pinesol) mixed in and rinsing them extra times helps. But on a recent cruise to Puerta Vallarte, Mexico, I discovered that bugs that the locals call "noseeums" are very prevalent and feel exactly like the invisible fleas that I have been dealing with. The locals have plastic covering all rug areas in taxis/passenger vans, and their floors are tile. They say these bugs have crawled out of the rain forest down there, and recently have become prevalent in humid areas of the US around sea ports, especially in southern Texas. I can testify to that, as the airport we traveled through outside Houston had infested carpeting near the gates. Someone even wrote an article about "noseeums" on Wikipedia. For those of us that have alergies to these invisible bugs and their painful bites, life can become a daily struggle since so many department stores, schools, hotels, and restaurants are carpeted, but unfortunately the rugs are either old or very poorly maintained. And air conditioning puts so much moisture/humidity into the air that I have to forgo air conditioning my home. My problem may not seem like a big deal when compared to the health issues of others, but it has become life altering for me.

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Same!
by: Anonymous

I have the same problem when I go to my boyfriends house who owns 3 cats. It's the worse! I don't see them all the time but I always have a new one.. They scar too! I'm also ab negative but that could be coincidence. My boyfriend shows no sign to any biting though. And I've been to the doctor only for them to tell me that I'm getting bit by a bug but they don't know... :(( I take brewers yeast to repel them but it doesn't always work. I find being in better health keeps them at bay. I'm sick right now so they are all over me.

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Natural Flea Repellent
by: Anonymous

Eucalyptus trees are known to be very helpful for getting rid of fleas...causing them to flee that is...I don't believe it will cause them to die.
Read up about it on the internet for how to go about spreading the leaves indoors and outdoors to keep yourself and your
pet(s) safe.

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More invisible fleas
by: Anonymous

I have that problem when I stick my feet under my computer desk at night. I see nothing but I feel them. Have sprayed many times. They are next to impossable to get rid of. I also have fleas in my bedroom that I can see.Have used every product I can find cannot get rid of them. First noticed on my cat who never has been out. One day she had none, the next day she was covered. I have used Frontline for many years without any problem. Now it doesn't work.

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No, you are not mad!
by: boldstripe

We have no pets, yet I have had problems with fleas for more than a year. I can feel wriggling some times but I have only ever seen one dead flea and one live flea in all that time. I also managed to infect three other homes I stayed in. Strangely, my wife who sleeps next to me, has only been bitten twice in all this time. She is skeptical about whether I have fleas, because they don't affect her and there is nothing to see. This makes it twice as bad: having to fight the fleas and having to fight your partner to take the hard discipline it takes to eradicate them. Good luck!

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