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  •  I get them in Santa Barbara (7+ / 0-)

    but they may be harvest mites, the one I managed to see and trap on tape and took to the vet....she said she had never seen anything like it, and no reason to think it actually was one of what bites and makes bite marks just like the photos here, in dry grass especially.

    I have to shed clothes and bath outside and not bring anything in that has been outside in the weeds...cats: out.  rats: definitely out.

    we had an invasion of Racoons and rats  in the yard and the next year and we..well, I the mite magnet, had these bites ever since. Ms Bee brings them in but they don't bite her, just ride on her clothes to get to me.

      My sister's cats bring them into her house as well, nine miles away, next to a grassy hillside.

    The thing I saw was transparent and I think that looked like a Harvest a clear Chigger.

    But the bites, instant allergic reaction, 1-3" diameter area red, itch immediately, and when healing look like a little red volcano with a round scab on top.

    Shaking out furniture covers...ok, sheets used as covers, helped, as did a household Pyrethrin  spray followed by vacuuming, and brushing off religiously, shaking out clothes..ok, naked in the yard, so what! you want some of this, well do ya?..:> soon as it gets in the mid 40's they are gone.

    This machine kills Fascists.

    by KenBee on Fri Mar 29, 2013 at 07:53:00 PM PDT

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