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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: What is this bug?
Location: Queens, NY
August 16, 2014 6:34 am
I have found 3 similar bugs within a week. The first two were crawling on my bathroom floor and the third was on the couch. They crawl pretty fast and from what I can tell they have 6 legs. When killed, they make a popping sound (there is no blood inside). Color is reddish black.
I live in NY and these were found this month (August).
Signature: Alex

Spider Beetle

Spider Beetle

Dear Alex,
Spider Beetles like the one in your image frequently infest stored foods, including large, bargain bags of pet food.  Check items in your pantry to locate the source of the infestation.

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Subject: hi
Location: iran
August 6, 2014 10:22 pm
we found this bug about two month ago in the house and it seems s.th wrong with bites of that and actually the house is full of them now!
the first photo is Oviposition
the second one is the bug himself!
i’ll send alergy effect of my body to the bite of this bug as 3rd photo
,plz help me..;-)
Signature: emergency

Bed Bug

Bed Bug

Dear emergency,
Though we sympathize with your situation, we are grateful that you have provided us with such comprehensive documentation of Bed Bugs, evidence associated with them and the effects of their numerous, nocturnal bites.
  The image that you have called “oviposition” is actually bedding that frequently provides the initial evidence that Bed Bugs are present.  According to BedBugs.net, signs of a Bed Bug infestation include:  “Bed Bug Fecal Matter (looks like blood and often found as smears on sheets or linen)
… Blood Stains on Sheets From Bites, Bed Bug Bites,” and your images indicate you have all the signs of a major infestation.  We don’t know how good your extermination services are in Iran, but in North America where Bed Bug populations are on the rise, there is considerable publicity regarding the problem.  On a positive note, Bed Bugs are not considered to be vectors for diseases, but we are sure that you are aware that the nocturnal bites are more than a mere annoyance.

Evidence of Bed Bugs:  Stains on bedding including fecal matter and blood.

Evidence of Bed Bugs: Stains on bedding including fecal matter and blood.

According to the University of Kentucky Entomology site:  “Bed bugs are active mainly at night. During the daytime, they prefer to hide close to where people sleep. Their flattened bodies enable them to fit into tiny crevices–especially those associated with mattresses, box springs, bed frames and headboards. Bed bugs do not have nests like ants or bees, but do tend to congregate in habitual hiding places. Characteristically, these areas are marked by dark spotting and staining, which is the dried excrement of the bugs. Also present will be hatched and un-hatched eggs, the tannish shed skins of maturing nymphs, and the bugs themselves. Another possible sign are rusty or reddish smears on bed sheets or mattresses from crushed engorged bed bugs. Although it’s often stated that bed bugs have a telltale ‘buggy’ odor, the smell is seldom evident except in extreme infestations and should not be relied upon for detection.”  The University of Kentucky Entomology site also states:  “A common concern with bed bugs is whether or not they transmit diseases. Although bed bugs can harbor various pathogens, transmission to humans has not been proven and is considered unlikely. Their medical significance is most commonly attributed to itching and inflammation from their bites. Antihistamines and corticosteroids may be prescribed to reduce allergic reactions, and antiseptic or antibiotic ointments to prevent infection. Though not known to carry diseases, bed bugs can substantially reduce quality of life by causing discomfort, sleeplessness, anxiety, and embarrassment. According to some health experts, the added stress from living with bed bugs can have a significant impact on the emotional health and well-being of certain individuals.”  Finally, the site states:  “Bed bugs are challenging to eradicate. Since they can hide in so many places, inspections must be thorough and elimination is not always a certainty. Whenever resources allow, it’s prudent to enlist the services of a professional. Experienced pest controllers know where to look for bed bugs, and have an assortment of tools at their disposal. Nonetheless, owners and occupants can assist the professional in several important ways. Affording access to all living areas is crucial, and excess clutter will need to be removed. Belongings strewn about rooms offer many places for the bugs to hide, and impede inspection and treatment. Since bed bugs can disperse throughout a building, it often will be necessary to inspect adjoining rooms and apartments as well.”  Now that you know what you have, you can do additional research and determine the best means for controlling the situation.  Good luck.

Serious Bed Bug Bites

Serious Bed Bug Bites

 

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Subject: Am I an NYC Chick w/ Ticks?
Location: Brooklyn, NY
August 5, 2014 10:37 pm
I’ve been known to be culprit victim that Mosquitos go after in a big group of people…. But this summer the bites I’ve had are an entire different ballgame.
They normally attack me in my brooklynapartment, but have also been other locations like the jitney bus.
There is 1 obvious dot in the Bit indicating a small stinger … And are about 3x as big as Mosquitos and much more red and puffy on the skin.
I’ve had 3 bites in a row (forehead and leg) and it’s obviously from same bug.
Then I was Bit on my ankle and it stung and hurt immediately (unlike others without pain).
My ankle has been swolen, inflamed and red for 4 days now.
Few days after I found this bug in my bed
Praying it’s not bed bugs… Thoughts?
Signature: Bitsy

Bed Bug

Bed Bug

We hate to be the bearers of bad news Bitsy, but this sure looks like a Bed Bug to us.

The three bites in a row are the tip off. In the bad old days, which apparently come returned, the three bites were commonly referred to as “breakfast, lunch, and dinner.”  I’ve experienced ‘em myself after a miserable night in a cheap motel.
Jim

Thanks for that information Jim.

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Subject: Can you identify this bug?
Location: Washington DC
August 3, 2014 4:53 pm
Hi, we live in washington DC and have found this bug in our home. It’s mostly near the baseboards and on the carpet but we’ve also found them in the bathroom, in the kitchen, and two on our bed. They are pretty small close to the size of a pin. We haven’t received any bites.
Signature: Rebecca

Spider Beetle

Spider Beetle

Hi Rebecca,
Spider Beetles in the subfamily Ptininae infest stored foods.
  See BugGuide for additional information.

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Subject: Bugs in bedding and carpet
Location: Lexington KY
July 27, 2014 9:52 am
Hello, I live in Kentucky and have recently noticed these bugs throughout my house mainly in my bedding and carpet. Can you help identify? We live in a newer home, about 6 years old and have hardwood throughout except for bedrooms and several area rugs. Are these bed bugs?
Signature: Emily

Black Carpet Beetle, perhaps

Black Carpet Beetle, perhaps

Dear Emily,
These are beetles, NOT Bed Bugs.  There is not enough detail to give a conclusive identification, but they may be Black Carpet Beetles,
Attagenus brunneus, which you may view on BugGuide.

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