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Subject: Tiny brown bugs everywhere!
Location: Central California
November 17, 2014 4:26 pm
Woke up this morning to hundreds (!!!) of these little bugs at our back door. They are teeny tiny, only barely bigger than a flea. Others in the area have noticed they are swarming too, starting yesterday. If it helps any, we are located along the Central Coast of California
Signature: Morgan

Probably Dirt Colored Seed Bugs

Probably Dirt Colored Seed Bugs

Hi Morgan,
These appear to be immature Dirt Colored Seed Bugs in the family Rhyparochromidae, but we are not certain of the species.  Sometimes when fields are cleared, there is a migration of insects to gardens.  We are not certain of the species, but you can read more on the Dirt Colored Seed Bugs on BugGuide.

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Subject: Bug everywhere
Location: Roy utah
November 13, 2014 8:47 am
This bug has been in my house everywhere festering in Curtians blankets clothes anything! It’s making me feel like a dirty person no matter what I do I can’t get rid of them and I think they bite there was one in my daughters diaper I put on her the other day and she grabbed her privates and cried so I took her diaper off and there the bug was! Why are these is my house everywhere what can I do to keep them out! What kind of bug is it please help!
Signature: Jaimie

Probably Dirt Colored Seed Bug

Probably Dirt Colored Seed Bug

Dear Jaimie,
This is probably a Dirt Colored Seed Bug in the family Rhyparochromidae.

So where does it come from? How come they are everywhere in my home what do I do to keep them out do they bite are they dangerous?

We can think of two possibilities.  One is that their habitat was destroyed, possibly with the clearing of a weed covered lot, and then then moved to your property.  Another possibility is that they are coming indoors to hibernate.  Dirt Colored Seed Bugs are not dangerous, but as you noticed, they can be a nuisance if they are plentiful.  See more on Dirt Colored Seed Bugs on BugGuide.  There are also some images on the Utah Pests website.

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Possibly Seed Bug Infestation

Seed Bug Infestation:  Oxycarenus lavaterae

Subject: Naming bug
Location: Malta (Mediterranean)
October 16, 2014 10:03 am
I have had a literal infestation of this bug lately in my garden. Can you help me identifying it?
Signature: Paul

Hi Paul,
These are True Bugs, possibly Seed Bugs in the family Lygaeidae, but we have not had any luck with a species identification.  We wish your image was of higher resolution.  Can you identify the fruit upon which they are feeding?

Ed Note:  Paul commented back with a species identification of Oxycarenus lavaterae and we are able to confirm that thanks to this posting on BioLib.

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Subject: What is it?
Location: Berwyn, Illinois
October 6, 2014 12:49 pm
Hi! This fellow was sitting on a leaf in suburban Chicago today.
Signature: Debbie Mercer

Large Milkweed Bug

Large Milkweed Bug

Dear Debbie,
This looks to us like a Large Milkweed Bug, but for some reason, its beautiful, aposomatic wings have been ripped off.  We cannot imagine what could have done this.  It does not seem like a natural accident, nor does it seem like predation thwarted.

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Subject: What is this bug
Location: Southern California
July 27, 2014 3:10 pm
We see this but a lot in our garden here in San Marino California., which is right next to Pasadena, CA. We would love to know what it is. Thank you!
Signature: Mirta

Large Milkweed Bug

Large Milkweed Bug

Dear Mirta,
We suspect you must have milkweed in your garden.  This is a Large Milkweed Bug,
Oncopeltus fasciatus, and it will feed on the seeds of milkweed, but otherwise does not harm the plant.  See BugGuide for more information on the Large Milkweed Bug.

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Subject: everywhere
Location: Lewiston Idaho hot dry low elevation pacific northwest
July 8, 2014 6:37 pm
These little tiny beetle shaped insects fly all over they just came out of every crevasse of the house they are dark brown and there are tons they are like termites in basically but I’m not sure I don’t think it is a type of termite please help
Signature: they’re everywhere

Elm Seed Bug

Elm Seed Bug

Dear t.e.,
Last year we posted a letter, also from Idaho, regarding an infestation of Elm Seed Bugs,
Arocatus melanocephalus, and since that time, we have received many comments.  ABC News reported on this dilemma a year earlier in July 2012.  Boise local KTVB News also reported on this infestation last July.  This is an invasive species introduced from Europe, and until a natural predator is discovered, we suspect they will continue to spread in North America.

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