My 9 month old sons legs are covered in bites that look quite similar to mosquito bites! bad ones at that! we got out of bed in the morn, i took off his nappy and his legs were fine. when i next picked him up (within half an hour) his legs had been nailed! poor little bugger! the bites look awful! We live on a farm property, and my 3 yr old daughter, myself and my man have been left unbitten. I have read your articles on mites and fleas, but none of which appear to be what we have! Any ideas from the pros????? I thank you very much for your time and would really appreciate any info you could send me! In the mean time, hav a fantastic day!!! best regards, N.
It’s very tough to properly identify an insect based on nothing but “bites”. In general, there are so many reactions people can have to the same insect that trying to use the “insect bite” method quickly proves impractical. To make matters worse, infants tend to react different compared to kids 5-10 who will react different compared to kids 10-15, etc. In the end, there are people who don’t even have any visible reaction yet they too can suffer. So for now, I suggest you spend some time trying to catch, see or find some insects in the home which may be involved. Once caught and identified, they’ll prove a lot more reliable when trying to form a game plan on just how to stop this unwanted guest.
Based on when you’re finding the “bites”, it would seem as though the attacks are occurring when the youngster is fast asleep. This means the pest is most likely in close proximity to where the baby is sleeping so I’d start looking in his room. Next, I’d spend some time around him while he’s sleeping to see if there is anything visible appearing. Don’t go to him right away when you first place him to bed but instead go to him after he’s been sleeping for a good 30-60 minutes. Some insects are drawn to carbon monoxide and this gas will take a little time to accumulate enough to lure them to his crib. So give the room a little time to set up.
Something else you can try is to keep a small night light on and see if anything is drawn to it’s warmth. When the rest of the room is dark, a night light will many times attract anything that flies. And of course, be sure to keep his windows closed. Many pests will come in through open windows, take a bite and leave. I’m not saying you’ll have to keep them closed all the time but for the time being, doing so will enable you to rule out such attacks.
Lastly, the list of pests it could be would include the following but not be limited to:
Straw Itch Mites: http://www.bugspray.com/article/itchmites.html