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Help! what kind of biting insect has invaded my home?

Posted by marita40 (My Page) on
Mon, Sep 24, 07 at 15:20

Over the last few weeks I've been itching from something in my home that is biting me. I saw the thread on fleas, but I don't know if these are fleas or not. I cannot see anything, but I can feel little bites and in certain places in my house they'll fly up my nose or in my ear. I'm just itchy and jumpy all over, but the bites just itch momentarily with no welts or red marks (not, for example, like mosquito or fly bites). I think fleas leave noticable red marks, don't they? These must be something like biting gnats or noseeums, but I have scoured to make sure there is no left out food, etc., and I can't figure out where they are coming from. I've never seen anything like a "swarm" of them -- in fact, again, I can't see them at all. We've had continuing hot, humid weather well into September. I've tried spraying DEET-type spray in areas, including around the perimeter of the house, but I'm still getting bit inside. Does anyone have any ideas???


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RE: Help! what kind of biting insect has invaded my home?

set off some bug bombs in teh house. READ AND FOLLOW LABEL DIRECTIONS. if it is fleas, you will have to re-treat in about 10 days.


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Read about mites. There are many different types, however, usually there is some sort of rash from the interaction with them.I don't want to scare you or anything, but itching with no rash or welt could also result from diabetes, liver disease and certain neurological disorders. One other critter you may want to check into are no-see-ums. The usually don't go into your home but you never know.


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Good heavens, don't be spraying chemicals all over your house if you're not even sure what you're dealing with!
If these critters are not leaving a mark and you don't see them, how do you know they're critters at all?
Can't you catch one if they get into your nose??

You could be dealing with some sort of cloth fiber that you're allergic to, or maybe there is some fiberglass or other building materials flying about your home (perhaps via air conditioner ducts), or some airborne plant thing. You could also have some sort of skin condition caused by any number of things.

Just about anything that bites would leave a mark unless you are really super sensitive. Is anyone else getting damaged? How painful are these things?
Point is, find out what you have before taking measures like setting off bug bombs! The cure could be worse than the disease.


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Set some glue traps to catch the culprits so you can identify them, then take the appropriate action.

Once you have a couple trapped if you can't identify them contact your State College Agricultural Extension Service and they will be glad to identify what your have and the best and safest way to deal with them.

YOu can find your state college Ag ext service by running an online search...

By example: search for- "Ohio State University Agricultural Extension Service"

You will find an ag service in every state and they generally have field offices throughout the state. Their would be no charge for the identification and they offer free bulletins on how to deal with the pests.

I find this to be the best source of information because they will have real entomologists make the identification and they are not in the business of selling a product so you can get honest and reliable answers.


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Well, we have an identification -- the little critters are biting gnats (sometimes called biting midges or noseeums). Evidently plain old DEET mosquito spray keeps them at bay. What is still unknown is why I seem to have them in the house. I can't wait for the first frost!


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They could be fleas. Different people get different reactions to them. I get bit bad and get red welts. My wife only occasionally gets bit and no welts. Fleas can jump high and they can get inside your ears and nose. They are impossible to see. Sprinkle borax in your carpet. Leave a week then vacuum. Vacuum everything including chair cushions. Throw out vacuum cleaner bag. If you have pets, treat them. They have flea drops that you squeeze into the pet's fur in the back of their neck. Use monthly. A vet can tell you if your pet has fleas.


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I have had a similar experience with biting midges or noseeums. I went through a long process of getting them id'd and the county extension finally said they were biting midges. I live next to some ponds. They don't seem to bother my neighbors. They came in the house on or around April 14, and they are still here! I am in the process of finding some other place to live, away from ponds where they hatched. No one seems to have any answers. I am really freaked because they are in my car and follow me around on my clothes. I can't believe that its 2011 and there appears to be no solution. The pest control people don't want anything to do with them


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Ive been getting bitten, only me! Leavin bites on me. Not any area of
My body more than others and not any certain room in the house. Been goin on about 2 wks. Not doing anything any different than normal and basically been home for these past 2 wks other than 1 night at my moms and 1 in mil barricks. I can feel something jump on my skin like a flea, but ive sprayed for fleas and I never see anything!! Its drivung
Me CRAZY and I have bites everywhere and i dont know what to do!!


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Did you find a solution? My husband and I both are being bitten in our home by some invisible insect, I guess. This started suddenly about 3 weeks ago. I have large, red, itchy bumps on different parts of my body, the arm, leg, ankle, finger, elbow and back. As they start to heal, they leave dark spots. We are African American, but the spots are very red. My husband has recent bites on his neck, behind the ear, legs, arm and forehead. We seem to get them on exposed areas. I get them on the back when sitting in front of the computer. I feel sharp bites, with immediate itching. The intense itching continues for days. Each day, there is another or more bites. We never see anything, and we have searched the bed for bedbugs with no signs of bugs. We have always washed all covers and pillows once a month, but sheets and pillow cases are changed weekly. We don't have any pets, only the neighbors have pets, but they do not visit, and we do not interact with their pets. What can this be?


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Use sticky traps to try and catch them for identification.


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Thank you!

But what should I use as a sticky trap? They are now biting me in the face, on the palm of my hand, on the bottom of my feet, and arms and shoulders. This is getting to be very frightening.


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Has any one considered bed buga?


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Yes, I considered that, but I inspected the bed and see no signs of bedbugs. We also covered our mattress with a plastic cover, but continue to be bitten. We are also being bitten in the daytime. I feel them in other rooms during the day. I am beginnig to feel like it would be simpler if it were bedbugs.


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For those of you being bitten by something unseen, especially Esor55, google scabbies. It not only describes this insect, it shows the leasons and how to treat the bites. However, if your home is infested with scabbies, it is difficult to rid your home of this pest.


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Thank you for the response, but my husband and I both have been seen by 2 dermatologists and treated for scabbies (just in case), but have ruled out scabbies. The original bites were large itching welts that lasted for about 10 days and left dark scars, but now we get little stings and itcing, but no scars and itching goes away after scratching. Originally, we were bitten about 2 to 3 times a day, now we are bitten throughout the day all day and night. Feeling of something flying in the the face, eyes, nose and ears is constant. When I cotton swab my ears, I see a tiny spec on the q tip. I placed them on tape, and placed them on an index card. They feel hard to the touch when I rub my finger across the tape on the card. I also have the crawling sensation in my hair, constant washing of the hair is annoying. The constant sneezing from feeling the flying in my nose is also annoying. I find tiny white things on my laptop, spiral, dark clothing, or any dark surface. They feel hard to the touch when I tape them to an index card. Some are very tiny and round and some very tiny with a long shape.


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I forgot, we have no symptoms of scabbies, no itching between the fingers, the wrists and the backs of the elbows, the knees, around the waist and umbilicus, the axillary folds, the areas around the nipples, the sides and backs of the feet, the genital area, and the buttocks. We have no small bumps (medically termed papules) and no blood crusts. We have no break in the skin, and no blisters. When the itching and welts went away, they left dark spots. We don't get them anymore. This leads me to believe we did not have scabbies, nor do we have scabbies.


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Dear Esor55,
did you solve the problem? I have the same problem for 1 month, and as you went to two dermatologists. They treated me for scabies, just do something... But it is not scabies
Please help


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We had something like this last year and thought it might be fleas, no-see-ums, etc. but could not identify it. My wife was getting bitten and I was not.

We shampooed the carpet, washed bedding, rewashed clean clothes that sat in an area where she was getting bitten, washed all the throw rugs at the laundromat, etc. etc. It faded away after a month or so and we have had no further problems. I suspect a tiny insect but we never did identify it.

We were ready to use a bug bomb on the house if the cleaning didn't take care of it, so you might consider that.


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How do you get the biting gnats out of the house? I have tried bug bombs and sprays----but nothing kills them. I am constantly been bit, but they do not bite my husband. I have tried 7 or more sprays, towels and diffusers. At night, I have to cover my body in skin-so-soft and use cold packs to try to keep my body cool. I have talked to the Dr and everyone I meet, but no one knows what I can do. I have also been doing research on the computer. I called the extention office and now I am waiting for them to return my call. Any suggestions? HELP!


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I dont know if this thread is still being followed, but i hope so! To anyone who hasn't had this problem,you have NO-IDEA what it is like. Biting gnats,no-see ums,biting midges,moose flies in maine,there so many names and subspecies depending on what part of the country you live in. They are in the same family as other single pair wing insects(black flies,mosquitos ect.). That means alot of them carry all the same diseases that the others carry. These must be taken seriousely, they are extremely resileant.Moisture is the big thing.For people that means sweat,oil from skin,especially back of neck,places like hearline,ears,nose,mouth,feet/shoes are big because our bodys continually sweat to release heat.Even non-biting plant midges need blood for the female to lay eggs.Just like fleas they go through an entire cycle of life,from egg,larve,Ect. they are called instars.Mosquitoes live approx. 4 days(as adults), these things live 7-14.They will lay eggs ANYWERE they can. They look like(eggs or larve) a small white gritty smear,or scratch on furniture,that are extremelly hard to remove.When wet like in pet water bowl,look like small bubbles on bottom or side of bowl.when they hatch they leave small brown pieces of there caccoon behind(They alone look like some kind of small mite or tick, untill you look under a microscope or good magnifying glass.They usually live in moist soil,grass,rivers,drains,fecies ect.,and are known for there ability to live in the most polluted water that other insects cant.Im not trying to sound like a know-all,but i also have been told there fleas,lice,mites,scabies,and never having any of these before i believed them.BELIEVE ME scabie treatment is not something you want unless your TOTALLY SURE(make sure they do a skin scrapping first).Coating your whole body from chin to toe with the same poison(permethryn) thats in bug-bombs is not fun,it has some pretty wacky side effects(considering your absorbing that poison through your skin).Find a good teaching hospital instead of a high-tech specialty type of hosp.They usually see out of the ordinary cases.Most modern Dr's arent trained or used to seeing this problem,and if you are like me and my pets,by the time they listen,give you the proper tests.(They are not your usuall blood,urine,ect.)its to late.It took me 6x to PCP,and different specialists(for me),and 4x w/cats before someone took me seriously,and thats because 4cats,one dog,and myself got parasitic cyctes in atleast one eye,and they had to believe me.All this started mid-may and only now am i getting the treatment i asked for.I was told all the spraying for mosquitos,because EEE and other diseas's.that midges have been pushed into peoples houses,because the pesticides dont have very much affect on them.


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We are in the same boat. It started early September, and here it is November. My husband and I are both affected, son isn't. I've seen the PCP(2 xs), allergist, dermatologist, and a homeopathic. I've been told it's dry skin. I've had doctors tell me that it can't be mites because there would be a rash. Well, we can't find an insect, and we do not have a rash. I was even told to see a neurologist(this makes no sense as my DH has same symptoms). We have fogged with a cedar oil fogger, and it hasn't helped yet. I've done window spray, epsom salt, Kleen Green, apple cider vinegar, listerine, neem oil, neem shampoo and capsules, and vics. We clean, vacuum, and wash clothes daily. I've even bought an ionizer as I've heard it helped others with the same problem. I have spent thousands in just a short time. I have talked with pest control companies, and they can't help us unless theres evidence of what insect it is. I talked with a man who sells pesticides to companies, and he said there isn't anything out there for mites. If you don't know of anything that could at least help us, please pray for us. Thank you


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About scabies.
If you feel stings like a needle specially on your feet, that probably means you have scabies. If your other half is not itching it may be that his/her immune system is very good and your might be a little off. That is why some people don't get scabies and others do.
The biggest problem with scabies is that once doctors prescribe Permetrin and does not work, that automatically people assume that they don't have scabies, but the problem is that Permetrin seem not to work for many types of scabies, specially the Scandinavian type.
I am super clean and fought scabies for 5 years. I bought a pajama, a pillow and socks, at Ross Dress For Less. People buy items and them return them, and little you know you end up getting infected. Clothes bought at consignments shops can also be a reason for worry...
Try to sleep with no underwear, or pajamas, since the elastic on your wait probably can house the little creatures and even when you wash those garments, it's hard to get rid of them. Try to iron your clothes, specially your bed sheets. Wash your feet before coming to bed and try not to walk barefoot or with socks at home, although socks maybe better than bare feet. I always were sandals or shoes at home. If you feel a sting on your feet wash it right of way and change socks. Vacuum clean your home and right of way get rid of the dust being careful to dump outside and seal in a plastic bag.
Some people feel the skin itchy not because scabies make your itchy automatically, but because some people are allergic to the drops that scabies leaves under the skin. Sometimes people can be so allergic that they might have a sensation of fever, or just feel the skin "warm" to the touch, night sweats may be part of it as well.
Anyway, I used Witch Hazel with Viva paper towel (it feels like cloth) for the longest. Dump Witch Hazel on a paper towel and clean the area were you have the bites. Fold the paper and clean the next area. I hear that Ivermectin is good to take internally, but you would need to ask your doctor. Sometimes scabies end up getting into your anus. It's is so upsetting to be out and about and getting that sensation. It is horrible. People think that you can get scabies only from sexual partners but that is not truth. You can get them in hotel beds or by leaving clothing on the floor. Never leave any clothing on the floor either at home or at a Hotel, or doctor's office. Scabies stay mostly in the floor, they get to your bed or clothing usually through your feet, nails (always brush them, feet and hands), or clothing. Make sure to wash all clothing that you buy prior to wearing them, whether they are new or second hand. I am now kinda of cured, but once in a while when I feel a sting on my feet, I wash them right of way.
Good luck and remember "Witch Hazel" with Viva Paper towel. Target is the best place (price) to buy Witch Hazel. If you are in the car, carry a little bottle of hand gel sanitizer and paper towels to wipe. Don't forget to vacuum clean your car! If you have carpet, you might have to move to a wooden floor place, or change your flooring...
Scabies can be a nightmare and it appears that the makers of Permetrin are quite happy that Doctors never stop to question the effectiveness of Permetrin (for the stronger kind of scabies). Honestly, it came to a time, that I gave up and felt embarrassed and afraid that my doctor would think that it was my fault that Permetrin was not working, but I am extremely clean and celibate at the time when I got scabies.


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I found this thread via an internet search. Something keeps biting me, yet not biting anyone else in my family! I never see a bug, yet I have these tiny red little bites and they itch like crazy! Any suggestions? SO tired of this!!


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This thread is making me itch!

If what you have are fleas, just sprinkle salt in the carpet. It kills them.

Vacuum and re-salt.

I'm so sorry for all of you.


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The problem you are having is black flies or no see ums. We get them in the spring when we have a lot of rainy weather. My mom & brother are allergic to the bites & end up with large welts from the bites. We can't figure out how to keep these pests away. Any suggestions will be appreciated.


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Oh, my goodness! I cannot believe you have the same problem I am having. Something has been biting me for months. I finally found a few culprits. One is a round, hard, black dot. How it gets from one place to another, I have no idea. Anyway, when I press on it, it pops with soft stuff inside. Another is the biting gnat, which was the worst until lately. Now, it is a small white flying insect that also gets into my ears and nose. The white ones are everywhere: on me, my clothing, the couches, the floor, etc. They bite day and night, but especially after dark. The bites are sharp, then immediately after, become itchy. No one in my family suffers from these bites except me. My husband mentioned that it may not be bugs but my nerves. I'm so glad I have something to show him to let him know it is not just me. We bombed the house. It killed some of the gnats but that's it. Now, I get more bites than before. Lately, I've been ready to move out! But, not an option for me. I have samples of some of these things to take to the county agent. I've started vacuuming every other day. I'm going to wash everything and shampoo the carpet as one of you suggested. Thanks to you all for your input!


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Oh my gosh, I have had this problem. No, this is not just nerves. You're not going nuts. I will help you get rid of this problem. For immediate relief, take an antihistamine--the best ones are non-drowsy such as Allegra or Claritin. That will stop the itch. Using white vinegar, liberally scrub down your countertops. Wash your sheeting in hot water and run them in the dryer. Next, are you out in your garden a lot? This is especially a concern for who wrote during the warm weather months. If you are, you need to change your clothes immediately upon entering the house, and throw those gardening clothes in the washing machine & wash on hot. Ideally, take a shower as well. Also, remove your shoes when you come indoors; you may be unwittingly bringing unwanted critters in. Leave your shoes outside your door; if possible run hot water over the soles. Check your indoor house plants. Chances are, they're full of bugs that are migrating to you. Are you over watering your plants? Those mites you speak of, that seem to hover around your eyes and nose, really spread around damp house plants. Try letting the plants dry out more between watering. Good luck.

This post was edited by DishinHawaii on Tue, Jan 21, 14 at 10:23


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This response is to the original poster of this discussion. I think it was 'marita40' who posted. I didn't read everyone's post, but from reading marita40's post, I can say that I identify with what you're going through. All of a sudden, we started getting these white bugs biting, mainly me. My husband says he's not bugged by the bugs. I have felt really intense bites and the minute I do, I put my entire hand over the area right on the skin and have caught these small little white bugs that feel 'grainy' to the touch. So i think they are rat mites at this point and will have the exterminator come to check the attic. There is no other explanation. And yes, I think they fly or jump, and they definitely jump and run fast. So if you think you're bitten by one of these, then quickly put your entire had over the area of the bite and feel around. It's hard to find them, but you will find them after a while. I think they start really small and then the adults are bigger and easier to see with the eye. They are as small as or smaller than fleas. I've been vacuuming alot(I know, I hate rugs too, but we live in a rental and it has some rug areas), and wash & dry our sheets often, but they weren't here in the beginning when we moved in. I'm going to have the rugs cleaned and see what happens. It took about a year and a half for this problem to surface, so we have to figure out why they're here, but my guess is because there might be rats in the attic and although I hate to think of it, it's probably the case and we'll have to deal with it. Thanks for posting marita40. Those little critters fly or jump at night in my face, and try to crawl in my nose and ears too. It is sooooo annoying, I can't even begin to tell you how annoying it is I am beginning to loose sleep now because of them, unless I have a few glasses of wine so I can sleep a little better! Look what they're driving me to do! (just trying to make light of this annoying pest). Just last night I caught one that bit my back and then I immediately looked in the mirror and saw a welt around the bite right after and showed it to my husband. He is not bitten himself (he says), and he can now see that I'm not crazy. I'm sure there's a solution and we'll find it. Good luck everyone with this problem. I've never delt with something like this in my life, but I'm sure there's a solution.


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I have been getting bites for over a month. I thought it was fleas at first, then I thought bed bugs, I have looked into scabbies, shingles, gnats, EVERYTHING! I get a slight itch, then, sometimes hours later, the most intense burn/itch/hurt, then a HUGE lump. They last for days. Mostly on my legs and arms, but I have got them on my palms, sides of palms, toes, neck, forehead, back, back of head. They get more swollen at night, and very itchy. Some of them are as big as a quarter, and raised up to 1/2 inch. We have cleaned and re-cleaned EVERYTHING in the house, in the vehicles, and at my work. I wasn't sure where I was getting them til recently. (home). I have tried everything over the counter. We have used every commercial product we could get. I have tried many "home remedies" and even prescriptions. I am at my wits end! (oh, and I am the only one getting bites! No hubby, dog or cats are getting bit!) I am willing to try just about anything! If I have to walk in a circle three times and say "please don't bite me any more" 10 times, I will!


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Microscopic Parasites - Engineered Nightmare

I think the reason many posters see nothing with the naked eye (or mere specks) is because these things are microscopic. They appear to morph into many stages, the biting stage seems to be when they hatch and look about the size of 1/3 of a grain of pepper. I've seen dandruff looking dust everywhere; short white threadlike pieces on furniture; very small white fuzzy dots that when held up to a bright light show a dark nucleus inside; the clear/white/black dots (black I believe is the young stage after feeding on your blood) and I've seen the long, white boney spikey fish bone looking pieces. They come in stages - and hatching seems to occur every 7-10 days. Look at all of your clothing, towels and furniture a little more closely.

You may have mistaken this parasite for mere house dust.

Every one of these I described are not mere skin samples, dust or dirt as skeptics will counter. Every one under the microscope is alive and very much an organism that came from my skin or environment! They are frightening looking under a microscope.

Some stages have long tentacles that seem to connect with others of the same. I found what appears under the scope is an egg sac. It was on my wrist - it was wet and mucus-like and showed to have many small dots surrounding it. OMG.

Attached are a few images I took through the lens with a digital camera. I have seen an advanced stage (who is laying the eggs, I think) that looks like a white boney spikey type of stick. These were found in an undisturbed area and I believe they are possibly a springtail infestation. From the springtail (aka Collembola) specimens, it looks like it is engineered to be one tough little critter. I am going to try a cedar cold fogging method for the entire house. It has to be done several weeks in a row, in order to suffocate all the stages.

I believe this is morgellons. All of those long strands look like what you see on morgellon sites.This is not nature, but manufactured/engineered.

The pertinent question is by whom and for what purpose.


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I have fought an outbreak of tiny, biting insects for four years now during the summer months. I suppose we bring them in from the lawn on our pants and shoes. The insects bite my legs, husband's too, and up until recently, we couldn't see anything. Now I can see them - bigger than finely ground pepper but smaller than the coarsely ground condiment. Sometimes they appear to be white and fluffy and sometimes they appear to be black. The bites didn't move up under our clothes so we ruled out bedbugs, scabbies and the common no-see-ums we encounter in our backyard on a bay. We tried everything including apple cider vinegar and soap covered by plastic wrap with holes (they prefer red wine) plus a redneck trap that consists of soapy water on bottom with an outdoor insect zapper perched precariously atop and a battery operated fan shooting air through the zapper to the water. That worked as well as anything and better than the chemicals that burn my lips. However, during a particularly long, itchy night obviously following a major hatching, I came up with a plan for a redneck air scrubber. It was so simple but I thought it'd work and it did! I bought the most expensive HEPA filters I could find and attached them to regular box fans, in the front. It seems to suck those devils in and trap them in the filter. My husband put long extension cords on the fans so he can keep the fans on until he gets them outside. Then, using his air compressor, he blows off the fans and filters and brings them back in. We are on day three of this and - cross my fingers - I think it's working! I have been accumulating samples from my kitchen window sill of the insects and perhaps eggs (or parsley or sesame seeds) to take to the extension service IPM guy next week. It is getting harder and harder to find the samples with a bright flashlight and that's a really good thing!

This post was edited by RitaBeth on Sat, Aug 30, 14 at 8:57


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