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Subject: help please help
Location: Locust Grove Ga
July 14, 2015 1:37 pm
I think these are being placed in my home on purpose i’m not feeling wel
Signature: Help Holly

"Bugs" in Home

“Bugs” in Home

Dear Holly,
While we sympathize with your situation, we are not able to provide you with any identification or advice based on the images you have provided.  We are posting your request and our readership may wish to comment and provide you with suggestions.

Update: Undeliverable Mail
It seems that in her distress, Holly was unable to provide a correct email address or perhaps our response was rerouted or intercepted based on the return email we received:  “Technical details of permanent failure:  The email account that you tried to reach does not exist.”

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Subject: What type of parasite?
Location: Intestines/ toilet
June 3, 2014 8:23 am
I have been in pain for 3 months with over 10 visits to doctors and still no awnsers. Could this be parasite? I appreciate your time.
Signature: Anonymous

Stool Sample

Stool Sample

Dear Anonymous,
Our editorial staff doesn’t even have the necessary qualifications to work in the field of entomology, much less in the health fields.  We cannot comment on the matter you have discovered in your stool sample, and we would urge you to take that sample to a medical professional.

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Subject: Please identify
Location: San Jose, Ca
March 11, 2014 3:37 pm
Hello Savior(at least I hope),
My name is Dana John and I live in San Jose, Ca. Last February I was chemically burned from the inside out after taking Penicillin, 1 in a million reaction, and was left with open wounds all over my body. I was also told to smear steroids all over my skin/scalp for months to help with healing and that left me with no immunity. As of now all the holes have healed except on my scalp, meanwhile I have been going crazy due to this bug I will attach photos of. Docs treat me like I am insane and I know I haven’t lost my mind!! I don’t know if this bug is being birthed from my skin or attracted to some type of fungus or mold that may be growing on my skin. Our Vet sent specimens of it to be identified and Cornell University said it was a Crustacian??? Now we are beyond stumped and as the warm summer approaches I am terrified as whatever this thing is it prefers warmer temperatures. I look forward to what you have to say and hope I find help somehow, someway!! I also should say that the photo where you see a darker version of this insect….the darker part of the body is wings that are covering a large thorax that is an amber color.
Signature: Sincerely, Dana John

Springtail, we believe

Springtail, we believe

Dear Dana,
First we want to say that we empathize with your problem, but we are not really qualified to diagnose medical conditions.  The images you provided appear to be of three distinctly different looking “creatures” and one appears to be a benign Springtail, which you can compare to images on BugGuide.  Springtails are commonly found in the home and they can become a nuisance if they are plentiful, but again, they are benign.  According to BugGuide:  “Springtails are ‘decomposers’ that thrive mostly on decaying organic matter, especially vegetable matter. They may also graze on spores of molds and mildews, especially indoors where there is a lack of other food sources.”  We are unable at this time to identify the other two images.

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Subject: losing sleep…
Location: shells in the corner of the bed tucked well under the natural fold of the seem. Actual bugs, basically on my pillow…
February 3, 2014 2:18 am
Hi, so about two weeks ago i went to the school really late to send our resumes got back and started to drift to sleep when i saw this small black worm (less then one cm) quickly crawling accross my pillow. I caught it in the werid vial thing (sry hard to see) and immediatly laundried my sheets (at 6am) vaccummed, i left the window open to well below freezing temps to hope to kill anything this may have come from. I did a google and thought it may have been carpet beetle larvae despite it was black…. i did find a small kinda hairy shell, the second picture. Well i thought it was all taken care of cause i didnt find anything else, except tonight, about week and a bit more later i did the same thing, went to the school late came and and woke up to a werid small fruit fly type bug (didnt fly) running next to my pillow!!!! same thing did the clean and inspection and found another shell in third picture, in the corner of the bed, however this shell looks slightly differen t… and this time it was more of a faint colored bug , mixed or light brown and not a worm. Is it possible this is the same thing and i may be under a infestation of sorts!!? or is it possible the school is just dirty and im bringing these home, or is it just normal to find the occasional bug especially if ur awake at night and live in a small apartment. . . ??? also good info to have… my neighbor upstairs used to be a crack dealer before he was arrested/kicked out. despite him i am very clean and my messiest area (garbage closet lol) is farthest from the bed and has no bugs!!! also i have zero bites…. i really hope i just am a bug-o-phobe!!
Signature: sincerely, sleep deprived.

Bug in Vial

Bug in Vial

Dear sincerely, sleep deprived,
Your sleep deprivation is beginning to negatively affect your ability to construct cohesive sentences, so we would urge you to seek some assistance on your campus before this has negative ramifications on your education.  Your photos lack the type of clarity that will enable us to make any reliable identifications.  We have no knowledge of the sanitation practices at your unnamed school.  We are happy to hear that the crack dealer has been evicted.  It is nearly impossible to keep insects from entering a home and the presence of a few benign bugs is no reflection on the cleanliness of an individual.  In our opinion, you seem to be overreacting to this situation.  If you want to further alleviate your anxiety, you can try taking the “bugs” you have collected to the science department at your school or to a local natural history museum to have them identified.  Another option would be to provide us with higher quality images.

"small kinda hairy shell"

“small kinda hairy shell”

"another shell"

“another shell”

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Subject: Coming out of my skin!
Location: Peoria heights IL
January 8, 2014 4:45 am
Hi! I was diagnosed with scabies, but they are coming out of my skin, and all the research I’ve read says scabies doesn’t do that. This happens when I put clove oil or coconut oil on my skin. Please help. I want them all gone!
I live in central Illinois, but moved here this year. Since June of this year I have gone from Hawaii to Georgia to South Carolina to Connecticut to southern Illinois up to central Illinois. Symptoms started after we moved to a new house in central Illinois. The bugs range in size from a black speck to what looks like a small brown flea. They appear to be dead when they come out of my skin.
I was diagnosed as having scabies because I went to the doctor with SEVERE itching and they asked if my fingers itched and I said yes. They did not examine me or see the bugs.
Signature: Desperately seeking help

Evidence of Something

Evidence of Something

Dear Desperately seeking help,
Unlike the doctor who “diagnosed” you, we have no credentials for the treatment of conditions.  We would urge you to seek a second professional opinion.  One of the images you provided looks like a blood splotched paper towel and we don’t see any “bugs”.  The second image looks vaguely insect-like, but there is not enough detail for us to make an identification.

Thing

Thing

Thank you for the response.
I understand you are not doctors, but had hoped you’d have some idea of what it is.
I am sorry I cannot get a very detailed photo of the bugs. They are ridiculously small right now. The big ones are all gone thank goodness.
Do you maybe have an idea of what would live inside the skin and surface when dying?
Thank you again for having responded to me in the first place. I really do appreciate it!

The list of places you visited in the past year includes Hawaii, and that is considered the tropics.  It is entirely possible that you contracted something in Hawaii that was brought in by another tourist.  We really have no idea what you would have living under your skin, but we have fielded requests like yours in the past including this Unknown Parasite posting from 2010.  We would suggest that you leave a comment on your query on our site in the event any of our readers write in with a suggestion.

 

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Subject: Bug from Thrift Store? making me seriously ill
Location: Arvada, Colorado
March 5, 2013 8:56 am
I have noticed this bug for probably a couple of months. The only place that I find the, is usually one at a time, in the mornings on the top of my stove.
At first I thought they were mice feces, until about a week ago when I went to scoop it in the trash & it scurried away!!
I was MIT at a Thrift Store, & 2 weeks into the job, I developed hives & such. I fought it for 15 months, going to my PCP, a dermatologist, and had prick allergen testing, which revealed my only allergies were tov2 trees, & most grasses & weeds I then was sent into Workmans compv& had Patch testing run. This revealed allergies to Indystrial compounds; Chromate, Cobalt, Ethylednaminedihydrochloruse, and Balsam of Puru.
I have suffered recurring rashes covering my hands, neck, face,& scalp. I seem to clear up on steroids & antibiotics, but once off the meds, I reflare with a vengance. Nobody can seem to figure out what is wrong with me, as I continue to suffer. I often feel as though I’m being ”bitten”, and itch incessantly.
I’ve not worked at the Thrift Store since August 2012, but am still suffering and UNABLE to work.
Could THIS BUG be the culprit, & WHAT IS IT?????
I’ve checked my mattress & have not seen any there.
This bug is about 1/8”, brownish in color, no visible legs, apparent antanae on the head.
PLEASE HELP!! I’m freaking out & tired of being sick!! In addition, I need to get this cleared up so U may find different work
Thank you!
Miserable in Coloradi
Signature: Miserable in Colorado

Larder Beetle

Larder Beetle

Dear Miserable in Colorado,
We are not qualified to make medical diagnoses, nor do we have any scientific credentials.  This appears to be a Larder Beetle,
Dermestes lardarius, a species that commonly infests stored food products.  We do not believe it has any relationship to your symptoms.  You might want to suggest that your healthcare providers explore the possibility of Delusory Parasitosis.

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