It is difficult to tell the difference between microscopic parasites because well, they’re microscopic and have similar symptoms. Morgellons is easier to differentiate because sufferers get lesions like open sores instead of bites. Mites and collembola can be identified through a microscope. We bought a microscope for the computer and caught collembola on heated flea traps. Mites colonies are usually large enough to see, so you will find dark brown dots on walls, pet’s skin, etc. Signs that point to collembola include infestation of paper and a jumping sensation on the skin. Both mites and springtails create a crawling, itching feeling, but collebola jump, creating the additional popping senstation.
Mites, Morgellons, or Collembola? February 9, 2012