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Subject: Vancouver Suburb Apartment Bug
Location: Vancouver, BC
August 15, 2014 12:19 am
Hi there,
I’m wondering if you can help me identify this bug? I started noticing them about a year ago, approx once every few weeks, mainly in the bathroom in the middle of the night or early morning. They scurry away when the lights go on. The one in the picture attached is approx the length of a penny, but I’ve started to notice babies!!!! Noooooo! We live approx 30 mins east of Vancouver, BC in a ground floor apartment building. The building itself is approx 20 years old, made with concrete and wood (so I wondered if it is a wood-dwelling bug). They tend to scurry under the baseboards. I’ve seen a few in the kitchen now and I need to stop this scourge! Thanks in advance!
Signature: Shannon

Silverfish

Silverfish

Dear Shannon,
The Silverfish is a common household pest that can be extremely difficult to eradicate.  Silverfish will feed on a wide variety of organic substances in the home, including some unconventional items like the glue binding of books and wallpaper.  Your observations that they are found in the bathroom and at night are very accurate.  They prefer damp surroundings, especially near sinks.

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Subject: Bug identification please
Location: San Francisco, CA
July 26, 2014 3:04 pm
I live in San Francisco in the near the corner of Tennessee and 18th street and found this bug. Can you please help me identify it? There does not seem to be an active infestation, but I wanted to know for future reference.
Best,
Signature: Alex

Silverfish

Silverfish

Hi Alex,
This looks like a Silverfish in the order Zygentoma to us.

Silverfish

Silverfish

Thank you for the Email.  That looks correct and is a big relief.
Best,
Alex

They are considered household pests.

Silverfish

Silverfish

Yes, I understand.  We have seen a few silverfish around, but compared to when I thought it was a bed bug it seems better to me.

Yes, much better than Bed Bugs.

 

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Subject: Singapore prawn-like insect
Location: Singapore
March 30, 2014 9:49 pm
Hi Daniel
If we ever needed proof that all life on earth originated from the sea then this insect surely must be it. I found it in a wooded area far away from any water source. It looks more like a prawn than an insect. Would you have any idea what it is ? It was about an inch in length and moved quite fast. It was sitting on a leaf as you can see from the photo.
Signature: David

Bristletail

Bristletail

Hi David,
This is a primitive insect in the order Microcoryphia, and the members are commonly called Bristletails.  Compare your individual to this Rock Bristletail pictured on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide, Bristletails are:  “wingless; body cylindrical, brownish or yellowish with darker mottling or irregular pattern; thorax arched dorsally; tip of abdomen with 1 long medial filament and 2 shorter lateral cerci; long thread-like antennae with many segments; eyes large and meet in middle; mandibles articulate at one point only; short lateral styli (rudimentary appendages) on abdominal segments 2-9; able to jump up to 10 cm by snapping abdomen against ground” and they inhabit “outdoor grassy or wooded environments: under bark, in leaf litter, rock crevices, or under stones; not normally found in homes, does not breed indoors, and not considered a pest.”

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Subject: Several in my apartment
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
February 19, 2014 3:35 pm
I’m a little concerned about what these are since there are so many in my apartment. I’m assuming it isn’t a cockroach – there’s no food in the apartment. I’m not currently living there. There are holes in many of my clothes and I’m wondering if it’s a carpet beetle. I caught 4 in about 10 minutes. Some are more pale that this one. I’m attaching the photo of the live one, but can also add photos of the ones I collected. Please help… It’s got me pretty freaked out how many there are.
Signature: Liza P

Silverfish

Silverfish

Dear Liza,
You’ve got Silverfish, a common household pest.  They are quite resourceful, and they will eat a wide variety of organic materials found in the typical home that are not generally considered food, including the starch in wallpaper glue and book bindings.

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Subject: Could you identify this for me?
Location: South east
February 16, 2014 10:58 am
Found this on my pillow. Please don’t tell me it’s what I think it is.
Signature: Thank you , Derek

Unknown Bug found on pillow

Unknown Bug found on pillow is a Silverfish

Hi Derek,
The southeast is a large region.  This one has us stumped.  Its legs are too short to be a Cockroach nymph.  We are going to try to contact Eric Eaton to get his opinion since we are not sure how to begin to classify this critter.  It is possible that as an immature insect, it does not closely resemble the adult.  It is not a Bed Bug nor a Louse.  Perhaps one of our readers will write in and supply an answer.

Eric Eaton supplies an identification
Daniel:
No problem.  This is a silverfish, or related insect, that is missing both antennae and all three tail filaments.  Plus, all the scales have worn off its body.
Eric

Thanks for the assistance Eric.

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Subject: WHAT IS THIS!?
Location: Chicago
January 7, 2014 8:00 pm
Please help me ID this bug! Is it a carpet beetle larvae? But it looks like he doesn’t have enough legs?
I have found three of these so far – each time on the bath mat. He is tiny – about a quarter of an inch not including tail or antenea (and this is the biggest one I have seen, the others were smaller). He is very very fast.
Signature: Creeped Out

Silverfish

Silverfish

Dear Creeped Out,
This is a Silverfish, a common, cosmopolitan, household pest that will infest books, eating the glue binding, or eat the wallpaper glue off the wall.  They will also eat many other organic items in the home.

Thank you! I don’t suppose they could cause any kind of skin allergy… I have a few mystery bites but can’t find any evidence of bed bugs. Was hoping this was a carpet beetle!

We don’t think the chances are very great that the Silverfish and your bites are connected.

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