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Subject: What is that??
Location: Alberta canada
June 30, 2016 11:38 pm
We found the bug in the bathroom and we are leaving in a apartment building having dogs and cats
Signature: English

Pseudoscorpion

Pseudoscorpion

Dear English,
This is a harmless, predatory Pseudoscorpion.

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Subject: Is this a tick?
Location: Central Alberta, Canada
April 10, 2016 12:49 am
Over the course of the past year I have found several of these in my home, and at my workplace. I have always found them crawling on walls, always very small (smaller than the size of a pin head). They squish very easily (I did not want the chance of anyone getting bitten if it was a tick) and do not move quickly. We do have a cat that goes in and out, and live in a heavily wooded area, so thought they could possibly be tick in a nymph or larvae stage coming in on the cat. As I have said, always found on walls, sometimes quite high up.
Signature: Kayla

Pseudoscorpion

Pseudoscorpion

Dear Kayla,
This is a harmless, beneficial Pseudoscorpion that will help keep your home and work free of other, potentially problematic pest species as it is a predator.

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Subject: Creepy thing I found in my bAthroom
Location: Manitoba Canada
March 27, 2016 3:13 am
Found this bug in my seasonal home. Year or 2 back I found one filled with eggs, I thought I ended my battle with these creepy things. But they’re now back. My 3yo freaked out cause she found one in her potty. Now she won’t use a toilet unless it’s pristine cause “there’s spiders in it.”
Help.!
Signature: Elegantly

Pseudoscorpion

Pseudoscorpion

This is a harmless Pseudoscorpion.

K, but where are they coming from ? What do they survive on?

They come from a previous generation of Pseudoscorpions.  According to BugLife:  “Using a gland in their jaws pseudoscorpions can make disc shaped cocoons which can be used for mating, moulting or to provide shelter in cold weather. The males of some pseudoscorpion species use an elaborate mating dance by tapping their legs and abdomens to ensure that the eggs of the female become fertilised. The female will make a nest from silk and debris and will lay between 2 and 50 eggs into a brood pouch under her abdomen. Pseudoscorpions moult several times before they reach adulthood and once they reach this stage can live up to three years.”  They are predators that feed upon small insects and other Arachnids and they are considered beneficial.  More information can be found in our archives and on BugGuide.

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Subject: What is this thing
Location: Nova Scotia Canada
March 16, 2016 5:27 am
Found this on the floor in my kids room. We has all hardwood floors and it stood out for such a small thing.
Signature: Mike

Pseudoscorpion

Pseudoscorpion

Dear Mike,
This is a harmless, predatory Pseudoscorpion.  Though it has a venomous namesake, the Pseudoscorpion does not have any venom and it poses no threat to humans.

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Subject: What’s this scorpion-like bug?
Location: Southeastern Vermont
October 12, 2015 5:43 pm
Dear Bugman,
I was helping my brother, Matt, install a window today, and after he pulled the insulation from between the studs and as I was taking a measurement he exclaimed, “whoa! a scorpion!” To which I anxiously responded, “really?!” Brother Matt, “well without the stinger.” Thankfully, I saw that is was quite small–barely the size of a dime. Reddish brown in hue and a zippy fast little thing–it was hard to get a still image. Clearly, this is not the infamous scorpion of desert regions, so what’s that bug?
Signature: Brother Brian

Pseudoscorpion

Pseudoscorpion

Dear Brother Brian,
This is a harmless, predatory Pseudoscorpion.  Interestingly, when we were formatting and renaming your image, we discovered we already had a Pseudoscorpion image submitted by a Brian in our archives.

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Subject: Illinois, Chicago
Location: Chicago Illinois
April 24, 2015 1:18 pm
i found this on my bedroom wall. I’m scared.
Signature: k.

Pseudoscorpion

Pseudoscorpion

Dear K,
You have no reason to be scared of nor alarmed by this harmless Pseudoscorpion.

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