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Subject: Flying ant or termite?
Location: Midwest – USA
April 19, 2016 8:49 pm
I think these are flying termites.. but not totally sure. What do you think?
Signature: Steve

Termite Alates

Termite Alates

Dear Steve,
The equal size of the four wings indicate that these are swarming Termite Alates that will mate and begin a new colony.

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Subject: please identify this bug
Location: sheffield uk
April 20, 2016 1:09 am
Hi I have been finding these insects in my newly built house, and really need to know what they are and how to remove them, can u help?! Thanks
Signature: stacey

Possibly Flour Beetle

Possibly Flour Beetle

Dear Stacey,
Small beetles like this found in the home are generally either wood boring species or pantry pests.  We believe your individual is a Flour Beetle in the genus
Tribolium.  According to Pied Piper:  “Both the confused and red flour beetles, known as “bran bugs,” primarily attack milled grain products, such as flour and cereals. Both adults and larvae feed on grain dust and broken kernels, but not the undamaged whole grain kernels. These beetles often hitchhike into the home in infested flour and can multiply into large populations. Some survive on food accumulations in cabinet cracks, crevices, and furniture. Confused flour beetles are the most abundant and injurious insect pest of flour mills in the U.Kingdom, United States and Australia. They do not bite or sting humans or pets, spread disease, or feed on or damage the house or furniture.  In addition to milled grain products, beetle specimens have been found in barley, breakfast cereals, corn, cornmeal, crackers, flour, millet, oats, rice, rye, wheat and wheat bran, nutmeats, dried fruits, legume seeds, beans, milk chocolate, cottonseed, peas, powdered milk, sunflower seeds, vetch seeds, spices, herbarium and museum specimens” so you may want to check the pantry for the site of the infestation.

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Subject: What’s this bug?!
Location: Bedroom (addition to house)
April 19, 2016 3:42 am
For months now something has been giving me hives in the middle of the night. Changed everything, still couldn’t figure it out. Found one of these buggers in the sheets, but blew it off bc we didn’t find anymore. I was up all night bc I got hives again (not normal hives–burning stinging itching hives), and this morning my arm was on fire, I lifted my sleeve to find this little guy. Could you please tell me what it is?
Signature: Colleen

Bed Bug

Bed Bug

Dear Colleen,
This is a blood-sucking Bed Bug, and if you found one, there may be more hiding in your bedroom.  Try checking between the mattress and box spring for more.  They hide during the day and come out at night to feed on blood.

Bites from a Bed Bug

Bites from a Bed Bug

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Subject: What’s this bug?
Location: Houston TX
April 18, 2016 8:11 am
Found in my bathtub jumping around after a large rain storm. There were quite a few in there, it’s the only place in the house I have seen them.
Signature: Harris

Fleas

Fleas

Dear Harris,
You have Fleas.

Update:  It is quite possible there are many more Fleas present than you have seen, and only when they jumped into the bathtub and couldn’t jump out that you noticed them.

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Subject: Leaving Las Vegas
Location: Las Vegas
April 10, 2016 9:49 am
We found 3 of these bugs in our suitcase as we were leaving Las Vegas this weekend. Please help us identify.
Signature: Matt

Sawtooth Grain Beetle

Sawtooth Grain Beetle

Dear Matt,
We believe this is a Sawtooth Grain Beetle,
Oryzaephilus surinamensis, one of numerous species of small, brown beetles that infest stored foods.  Compare your individual to this BugGuide image.  According to BugGuide, it is a “serious pest of stored grain; presence in household products is incidental and causes little concern; does not attack unbroken grain, but uses small lesions on the surface to gain entrance.”

Looks like a perfect match.  Thank you so much for the quick response.

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Subject: What’s this bug?
Location: NYC, Manhattan
April 10, 2016 9:28 am
Hi Bugman –
I stumbled upon your website when I decided to do a little detective work to identify a bug I have encountered several times in my apartment.
I live in NYC, in a high rise on the 35th floor. I have found this type of bug more than once in my bathtub. It has a rounded body, though it looks sort of oblong in the photo. It’s very small – smaller than an adult bedbug, and quite fast, so the pictures are not as clear as they could be.
I though it could be a juvenile cockroach but I have seen those and they are quite a bit flatter. This bug has a substantial, rounded backside. It’s abdomen resembles that of a black widow spider but this is clearly not a spider. Any thoughts?
So curious! Your help will be appreciated.
Signature: Tommy G

Spider Beetle

Spider Beetle

Dear Tommy,
This is a Spider Beetle in the subfamily Ptininae.  Though your images lack critical detail, we believe this is a Smooth Spider Beetle,
Gibbium aequinoctiale, and according to BugGuide, they are found in “Mainly houses, flour mills, occasionally warehouses, hospitals, stores” where they feed upon a “wide variety of dead organic materials; may be a dry stored product pest.”  You should check the pantry for the site of the infestation.

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