“I have some scary-looking, biting bugs of some sort in my house,” states this reader in her submission. She is referring to the small, brown bugs pictured below, and she asks that we help her identify them.
The clearest image we get of the organism is atop what looks to be a scratch ticket or a Sudoku game (see above), while the other two photos are taken of what we presume to be a lint roller with the organisms supposedly stuck to its surface (see below). Our reader mentions that she thinks the organisms are going through “different stages of metamorphosis”. Now, the details on these organisms are unfortunately not very crisp, which makes it difficult to identify the organisms based on their appearance. Likewise, if they truly are undergoing metamorphosis, they might be in between two stages of their life cycle, which makes it even harder to get a grasp on what they usually look like at any given stage.
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Now, since our reader reports getting bitten by these bugs, as well as that she has not been able to sleep in her own bed due to these organisms, we question whether or not this situation is medical in nature. Of course, it is only for our reader to determine if she thinks she needs help, but if these organisms are truly disrupting her life and causing her harm, then it might be worth consulting a professional. If she thinks these are merely pests, then she might want to consider calling pest control. In this case, we would assume that these are some kind of mite. What has us doubting that conclusion is that most mites are microscopic, meaning they cannot be seen by the naked eye.
However, if she thinks these might be a health threat, and she starts developing symptoms as a cause of their bites, then we recommend that she consult a medical parasitologist. If the latter option is the case, then we would not be qualified to identify these organisms anyway, since we are not medical professionals. To find someone who is qualified to identify an organism that is a potential health threat, we can recommend that our reader do one or more of the following:
1) Search for a medical parasitologist in her area using this directory of medical parasitology consultants: https://www.astmh.org/for-astmh-members/clinical-consultants-directory.
2) Search for a local parasitologist by doing a Google search for “medical parasitologist (name of the closest big city)” or “tropical medicine specialist (name of the closest big city)”.
3) Get in touch with Dr. Omar Amin at the Parasitology Center at https://www.parasitetesting.com.
4) Contact Dr. Vipul Savaliya of Infectious Disease Care (“IDCare”) at idcarepa.com.
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We should note that both Dr. Amin and Dr. Savaliya are available for online consultation, and we have received positive feedback about them from our other readers.
To conclude, we do not know what these organisms are. And in the case that they may be negatively affecting our reader’s health, we are neither qualified to identify them for her. Despite not being able to provide any concrete answers, we hope that we were able to help our reader in some way. We wish her the best.