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Subject: What bug is this
Location: South west florida
May 30, 2016 8:29 am
We just moved into a vacation home for the summer while our house is being fixed and in the master bedroom up stairs we found these on the window ledge and on the bed
Can you tell me what these are
Signature: Seth

Termite Wings

Termite Wings

Dear Seth,
You have submitted excellent documentation of a Termite Swarm.  When conditions are right, virgin Alates, the reproductive caste in a Termite colony, take to the air and swarm.  They mate, shed their wings and start new colonies.  The shed wings are definitely Termite Wings and the two insects are Termite Alates that have shed their wings.  We feel confident that your summer home is infested with Termites.

Termite Alates after shedding wings

Termite Alates after shedding wings

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Subject: What is this?
Location: Southern Nh
May 13, 2016 7:56 am
Found on rug below open window. 70 degree day, 6pm. Window screen had hole in it. Found 8 bugs of varying sizes the largest was no larger than 1/8 of an inch. I live in Litchfield NH. House is 50 feet from dense wooded acerage.
Signature: Skin is crawling

Larder Beetle

Larder Beetle

Dear Skin is crawling,
This Larder Beetle,
Dermestes lardarius, is a common household pest that will infest stored foods in the pantry.  According to the Penn State Department of Entomology site:  “The larder beetle is a commercial pest as well as a household pest. This is a cosmopolitan species which was historically a pest of cured meats in Europe, the United States, and Canada. The use of refrigeration, the purchase of meats in small quantities, and the lack of home curing of meats, have decreased the economic importance of this insect. However, these beetles are still common in homes, museums, mills, livestock facilities, and any place that contains a suitable food source. Typically, these would include any animal by-product such as dried dog food, furs, hides, and feathers. Also, many pantry items can become infested. Another potential food source are dead insects in attic and wall voids that become trapped when they seek an overwintering site. In the fall insects such as flies, bugs, beetles and wasps, accumulate in attics and similar spaces in the home. Many of the hibernating insects die, attracting larder beetles which lay eggs on dead insects. The larvae of the larder beetle then feed on the dead insects.”

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Subject: Just moved into apartment
Location: Houston area
May 13, 2016 9:33 pm
I found these things crawing in my kitchen..and a few in the bathroom..they seem to maybe be more active at night..and they dony run fast
Signature: Thank you very much, Mike

Termite

Termite

Dear Mike,
You have Termites.

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Subject: What type of bug is this
Location: Oahu, hawaii
May 8, 2016 1:31 pm
Hello, we live in Hawaii and I found this bug on my daughters pillow. It did cause red small bites on her neck. The bites were itchy but not raised. I did not find any additional bugs after taking the mattress off, cleaning all bedding, taking out all stuffed animals. We did pet sit last week for a friends dog. Not sure if it a flea or possibly a kite or bedbug. Thanks for all your help!
Signature: Jennifer

Human Louse

Human Louse

Dear Jennifer,
This is a Human Louse, and your daughter may have gotten it at school.  If you found one, there are likely more in her hair and scalp.  They can be removed manually by carefully combing through her hair with a louse comb, and there are many over the counter remedies available.

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Subject: Bug
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
May 4, 2016 7:31 pm
We began seeing these bugs two evenings ago. They seem to come out at abut 5 in the evening, on our kitchen ceiling. Fly/long hop around. Theyseem to be drawn my the light. They are not as previlent when it gets dark outside.
They are very small about 1/8th inch or smaller. and have the feathered antenna(some of them).
Thanks for your help.
Pat Hogan
Signature: Patricia

Unknown Kitchen Beetle

Deathwatch Beetle

Dear Patricia,
We did open your image yesterday and we did a bit of unsuccessful research, and we decided to postpone posting until we did more research.  We still do not have an identity, so we are posting your request and tagging it unidentified.  Because of its small size and the large numbers of individuals that are appearing in your kitchen, we are presuming this beetle is either a pantry pest or a wood boring species, and we hope that by posting the image, one of our readers will write in with an ID.  Perhaps our new intern Bennett will try to tackle this challenge.  We are speculating that the individuals with the feathered antennae are males.

Update:  Thanks to a comment from Cesar Crash, we are able to update this posting of a Deathwatch Beetle, Ptilinus ruficornis, with a link to our own archives.  According to BugGuide, it feeds on:  “Large, dry portions of dead wood of broad-leaved trees (beech, maple, oak, sycamore…)” and “common pest of woodwork in buildings most frequently encountered wood-feeding anobiid in ne. NA.”

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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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