Sarah Elizabeth D. Bione
Department of Entomology, Research Assistant
413 Biological Science Building
Phone: (706) 542-9033
Fax: (706) 542-3872
This survey is for people who feel they are experiencing a mysterious, invisible, or unidentified skin parasite or parasite-associated skin conformations. The survey is anonymous and confidential. The questions regard skin sensations, skin reactions, management behaviors, major medical conditions and medications. Though the results may not benefit you directly, they will benefit people in the future by providing academic and medical literature. Surveys are expected to take 45-60 minutes.
Click the above link to participate.
Send in a sample from your home!
Need help identifying a bug? That’s what we’re here for. Bugs for identification can be sent in airtight bottles (like pill bottles) full of isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol), in sandwich bags, or on pieces of clear scotch tape. Please include where and when you found the bug and how you would like to be contacted with the results. Send it to us here at the UGA county extension at the address on the bottom of the page.
Send in a skin sample!
Feeling itchy? Think it might be bugs? You can send us samples from your skin. Take a piece of clear scotch tape and press it directly on your skin when and where you feel itching or crawling sensations. Gently fold the tape in half and place in a sandwich baggie. Please send several samples (over 30 pieces would be ideal), all of which can be placed in the same baggie. Please include where on your body you found the samples and how you would like to be contacted with the results, and send it to us here at the UGA county extension at the address on the bottom of the page.
“Invisible Bugs” Services!
Are you a PCO or entomologist who has a client with “invisible bugs”? Send them our way. We are collecting an database for research purposes to tease apart the many reasons people may come to conclude they are experiencing infestations in their homes or on the skin—whether they have bugs or are just buggy!
Article from Ga. Pest Control Assoc.’s Profile magazine yet to come!
UGA’s cooperative extension main webpage
*Sarah would like to note that she is not a doctoral student as mentioned in this article,
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