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1 4th June 19:40
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The last few days, I've been bitten by some kind of insects at night (around
4am) while I am in bed. It seems I am allergic to the bites so I have
swollen itchy welts on my body (mainly over the abdomen, inside arms, upper
thighs). Since I never saw what bit me (although I suspect some kind of
spiders, but I can't exclude other insects), I have a few questions:

1. Can an insect be identified by its biting pattern? The welts on my body
are not always round, some are 2 - 3 inches long, quarter inch wide. There
are also small round welts that align on the same straight 'trajectory' as
if the insect was biting on the run: about quarter inch diameter, half an
inch to an inch apart. Can this be biting pattern of fleas? I suspect it's
some kind of crawling insects (I am too ignorant about fleas to know whether
it crawls fast and straight enough to create some of the streaky patterns I
saw).

2. Is there any over the counter medicine that helps alleviate the allergy?
Or even prevent it if I take it before going to bed?

3. Is boric acid the most effective and least toxic type of insecticide that
I can use inside a house? I read that the toxicity of boric acid is that
between household salt and aspirin. Is this really true?

I know I am asking about related but dissimilar topics, please just help me
with what you can.
Thanks.

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2 5th June 16:53
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3 5th June 16:57
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Chiggers maybe?
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4 2nd September 06:21
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I'm sorry to butt into the conversation since I have no answers. I however have the same exact problem! Have you figured out what it could be? I can't find info anywhere.
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5 3rd September 01:00
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My son had this years ago - we even got the local authority pest
controller round as I was convinced he had some sort of insect bites
which he was contracting overnight since there always seemed to be
more of them in the morning (the guy found nothing in the house btw).
The 'bites' were often several in a line which seemed to point to
insects. Turned out he had a form of eczema & once we used the
various preventative treatments & some cortisol cream they
disappeared. But to look at these spots (he still gets them
occasionally) you would think they were bites - you can't tell the
difference, except that they don't clear up as quickly as you would
expect a mossie bite or something similar to disappear. So worth
keeping in mind that it might be something like that rather than
insects.
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Sounds like bed bugs to me. They drop from above onto sleeping people.
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7 11th September 00:58
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The last few days, I've been bitten by some kind of insects at night (around
4am) while I am in bed. It seems I am allergic to the bites so I have
swollen itchy welts on my body (mainly over the abdomen, inside arms, upper
thighs). Since I never saw what bit me (although I suspect some kind of
spiders, but I can't exclude other insects), I have a few questions:

1. Can an insect be identified by its biting pattern? The welts on my body
are not always round, some are 2 - 3 inches long, quarter inch wide. There
are also small round welts that align on the same straight 'trajectory' as
if the insect was biting on the run: about quarter inch diameter, half an
inch to an inch apart. Can this be biting pattern of fleas? I suspect it's
some kind of crawling insects (I am too ignorant about fleas to know whether
it crawls fast and straight enough to create some of the streaky patterns I
saw).

2. Is there any over the counter medicine that helps alleviate the allergy?
Or even prevent it if I take it before going to bed?

3. Is boric acid the most effective and least toxic type of insecticide that
I can use inside a house? I read that the toxicity of boric acid is that
between household salt and aspirin. Is this really true?

I know I am asking about related but dissimilar topics, please just help me
with what you can.
Thanks.

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8 11th September 00:58
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9 11th September 00:58
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Chiggers maybe?
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10 11th September 17:17
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I'm sorry to butt into the conversation since I have no answers. I however have the same exact problem! Have you figured out what it could be? I can't find info anywhere.
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