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Subject: Identify this bug please!
Location: Kansas City Kansas
June 8, 2015 9:50 pm
For about two – three months note this bug appears on beds and blankets. We’ve only found in total about 5. I don’t what they are and I don’t like them in the house. I want to find a way to get them out and keep them out.
Signature: Carolina

Bed Bug

Bed Bug

Dear Carolina,
This is a Bed Bug.  Bed Bugs will bite sleeping humans and suck blood.  We would urge you to get professional assistance in their removal.

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Subject: Tell me this isn’t a beg bug
Location: philadelphia
May 20, 2015 5:00 am
Hello,
I am hoping you can help me figure out what this is. This is the third one of this bugs I have seen in my apartment, the first was on the wall by our linen closet, the second on the couch, and this was on the wall above my bed. I flushed the first and squished the second two and both had a blood like color left behind when I squished it. I live with roommates so any of us could have tracked something like this in. We also live around a few large trees so it is not uncommon for us to see various bugs/spiders. I have also checked my mattress and have not seen anything suspicious.
Signature: nervous renter

Bed Bug

Bed Bug

Dear nervous renter,
This is a Bed Bug.

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Subject: I don’t know what bug it is
Location: Florida
May 12, 2015 3:51 am
I see this bug all the time. I’ve found it in my hair, on my towel, and in my shirt. I don’t know what kind of bug it is and I’m worried.
Signature: Sure

Louse

Louse

You have Lice.

HOW DO I GET EID OF IT!!!!!!!!

There are over the counter remedies.  Check with your pharmacist.

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Subject: Thus was in my back
Location: Rhode Island
May 9, 2015 8:08 pm
Thank god my wife was bothering me. She found this in my back. What is it?
I was recently in Scottsdale AZ.
Signature: Hopefully ok,

Tick

Tick

Dear Hopefully ok,
You were bitten by a Tick.  Ticks are known vectors for several diseases that can be spread to humans.  We would suggest a visit to a physician.

Tick

Tick

A tick, eh?  It looks different than I remember.  Thank you for helping clear that up.

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Subject: Bugs in Window
Location: Southwest Virginia
April 30, 2015 1:03 pm
I have these bugs around my kitchen window mostly, but they venture out sometimes. I clean them up 3 – 4 times a day. Every time I clean them, I get between 25 and 50 on my wet paper towel. They seem to have a relatively short life span. I would like to know what they are and if there is some type of natural deterrent .
Signature: Louis Goodbrod

Varied Carpet Beetle

Varied Carpet Beetle

Dear Louis,
You are being troubled by a common household pest, the Varied Carpet Beetle,
Anthrenus verbasci .  You may have encountered the larvae of the Varied Carpet Beetle as well.  The larvae will feed on a wide variety of organic materials in the home, and adult Carpet Beetles feed on pollen.  You are finding them in your windows because they are trying to get outside.

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Subject: Los Angeles: black tiny fly likes water w short clear wings
Location: Los Angeles, CA
April 28, 2015 10:33 pm
Hi,
Thank you so much for all of your service throughout the years. I often make donations & spread the word!
This latest bug is stumping me: We live in east Los Angeles near Pasadena & the SGV (inland)- tonight I noticed approx 20-30 fruit-fly-esque bugs dead or dying in the bathroom sink. They seemed to be coming in through a tiny opening in the bathroom window, so my husband went to the roof to check it out. He said there are thousands on our roof!! He’s spraying now but we can’t find anything similar-looking enough online.
They seem to obviously be attracted to water but do not look like drain bugs.
PLEASE HELP!
(We’re so worried they’re termites but they don’t have long wings)
Signature: Gratefully, Meg

Argentine Ant Alate

Argentine Ant Alate

Dear Meg,
The person who can solve your infestation problem will probably win a Nobel Peace Prize as the solution will improve the quality of life for Californians, the people of Japan and the inhabitants of the Mediterranean, as those are the three places where super-colonies of Argentine Ants,
 Linepithema humile, are making millions of people’s lives miserable, especially in hot summer months when 1000s of Argentine Ants invade homes in search of food and water.  Your images are of winged reproductive queen and king Argentine Ants, known as alates, on their nuptial flight and according to BugGuide:  “Winged queens mate once with a winged male, after which they can continuously produce fertile eggs for as long as 10 years- until death. Unlike most ants, several productive queens of this species can share the same colony, with one or more leaving with some of the workers to form a new colony when it gets crowded (this is known as ‘budding’).”  Here are some good images on BugGuide for comparison.

Argentine Ant Alates

Argentine Ant Alates

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