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Subject: Please don’t be bed bugs…
Location: Seattle
January 25, 2015 3:57 am
As I was cleaning the house this morning, I removed the blankets from the couch in the living room to be washed. When I pulled one of the blankets up, I noticed about 5 tan colored insects sitting on the couch underneath where the blanket had been. I don’t deal well with bugs, so I immediately grabbed my vacuum and sucked each of them up. Then I decided I may as well vacuum the whole house. I moved to the other side of the room and started vacuuming up the pine needles on the carpet from my live Christmas tree… then I noticed the same bugs! Soon I discovered the tree was infested with them. I decided to throw the tree outside to the curb, decorations and all. When I threw the tree down, a swarm of bugs flew out of the tree and away. I finished vacuuming the entire house right after and haven’t been able to find anymore. I managed to take a blurry pic of one. The bugs were around the size of a lady bug with a tan coloration and six legs. The ones I sucked up with th e vacuum didn’t look or act as though they had wings, but the same looking bugs on the tree almost all had wings. In the pic, the bug is crawling across a stereo speaker. The tree was a Norwegian Spruce, if that matters. Thanks for your help!
Signature: Squeam Queen

Bed Bug or Giant Conifer Aphid???

Bed Bug or Giant Conifer Aphid???

Dear Squeam Queen,
Many folks feel squeamish around insects.  Unfortunately, there is not enough detail in your image to make a conclusive identification.  The location where you found this critter would be indicative that they might have been Bed Bugs, but if you are certain the insects on the Christmas Tree are identical, then we can rule out Bed Bugs.  Live Christmas Trees often carry living creatures, and one of the most common insects found on live trees is the Giant Conifer Aphid.  Giant Conifer Aphids often are not noticed until the tree begins to dry out and the Aphids begin to die.  Aphids are found in both winged forms and those that lack wings.  The most puzzling aspect of this for us is how Giant Conifer Aphids would have gotten from the tree to under the blanket on the couch.  Perhaps a pet?

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Subject: Blood-sucking roaches?
Location: Nashville TN
January 20, 2015 8:29 pm
A friend’s apt is infested with the bugs shown in photo. They attach themselves to get his blood while he sleeps. Boric acid has diminished their number but does not eliminate them. Bug repellent does not keep them at bay. When he sits at his computer, he observes them gradually, all around, creeping toward him to feed. Adults are ~1/8″, mid photo is a young one. He first thought they were roaches, but now he’s not sure. This is in Nashville, TN. Any suggestions?
Signature: Bug-Puzzled

Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs

Dear Bug-Puzzled,
Your friend has Bed Bugs and re recommend that your friend seek professional assistance in this matter.

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Subject: Bed bug
Location: My arm
January 19, 2015 9:22 am
Please help me,I don’t know if this is a bed bug,it was on my arm I was sitting on my couch ..thanks so much
Signature: Bug man

Bed Bug

Bed Bug

You are correct.  This is a Bed Bug.

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Subject: Weird worm creature
Location: Singapore
January 17, 2015 9:47 am
Hi there… I hope you can help identify this creature in my bathroom… It’s only seen in my bathroom. It freaks me out. Please help identify this.
About 1.5cm long. Has a leaf shaped soft shell it can crawl out from both ends.
Signature: Sandra from Singapore

Case Bearing Moth Larva

Case Bearing Moth Larva

Dear Sandra,
The Case Bearing Moth Larva or Household Casebearer,
Phereoeca fallax, is a common household pest that is found in many parts of the world.  You individual has a very distinctly marked case.  According to BugGuide:  “The larval case is silk-lined inside and open at both ends. The case is constructed by the earliest larval stage (1st instar) before it hatches, and is enlarged by each successive instar. In constructing the case, the larva secretes silk to build an arch attached at both ends to the substrate. Very small particles of sand, soil, iron rust, insect droppings, arthropod remains, hairs and other fibers are added on the outside. The inside of the arch is lined exclusively by silk, and is gradually extended to form a tunnel, while the larva stays inside. The tunnel is closed beneath by the larva to form a tube free from the substrate, and open at both ends. After the first case is completed, the larva starts moving around, pulling its case behind. With each molt, the larva enlarges its case. Later cases are flattened and widest in the middle, allowing the larva to turn around inside.”  The bold black and white spiral pattern on your individual’s case is likely due to fibers that were incorporated in the making of the case.

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Subject: WEIRD BUG PLZ READ
Location: Alabama
January 15, 2015 3:16 pm
I found this bug on the wall of my bedroom twice. I was wondering what it was.
Signature: Thanks, Kayla

Carpet Beetle Larva

Carpet Beetle Larva

Dear Kayla,
We have been away from the office for a week and your email is the first we read.  Your subject line attracted our attention.  This is a common household pest known as a Carpet Beetle Larva.  They will eat many organic substances in the home and they have adapted well to cohabitation with humans, though humans do not benefit from the relationship.  Adult Carpet Beetles feed on pollen, so they fly outside to mate and then return to the home to lay eggs.
  Carpet Beetles in the imago stage are mostly observed by homemakers dying in windows.

Carpet Beetle Larva

Carpet Beetle Larva

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Subject: Nasty, fast bug
Location: Sudbury ontario canada
January 5, 2015 3:23 pm
I’ve been finding these bugs in my bathroom and anywhere that moisture is. Like the kitchen sink or in drying dishes. They are very quick bugs and move so fast!
Do you know what they are?
Signature: Melinda

Silverfish

Silverfish

Dear Melinda,
This is a Silverfish, a common household pest that prefers damp, dark places.

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