What is biting me?
August 18, 2013 6:00 AM Subscribe
Lately I've been waking up with insect bites. It's really getting irritating and I don't want the same thing to happen to guests staying at my place, so I'm trying to figure our what this pest is and what I can do about it. Any ideas?
posted by Mechitar to science & nature (19 answers total)
Here are the particulars:
I live on the sixth floor of a building near the lake in Chicago. I do often leave windows open a bit (without insect screens) during the summer. However, after five years living here this is the first time I've had the insect bite problem. The only flying bugs I ever get are the very occasional fly, and those tiny gnat things that love to fly around bright lights. No mosquitos for sure. There are different spiders that roam on the exterior wall of the building, and sometimes hang out inside my windows (which they do year round whether my windows are closed or not; they somehow find a way in).
The bites look and feel a lot like mosquito bites, except that the bump is smaller. Small raised bumps, slightly inflamed, very itchy, that last for a 2-3 days. They are isolated bumps, not in groups or lines (although sometimes two show up that are right next to each other).
The bites only take place at night, while I'm sleeping in my bed.
The bites are almost all on my fingers. I've had the odd one elsewhere on my hands, and even on a foot. None anywhere else on my body, I'm pretty sure.
Though the bites only happen in my bed, I never see any insects on my bed. I pretty much never see any bugs in my place at all, except for the very occasional fly, the aforementioned tiny gnats, sometimes a spider of some sort or other, and sometimes silverfish.