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Subject: fuzz ball with eyes
Location: new mexico
August 23, 2016 4:30 am
Hello, I have been plagued with the critters for several years and I would like to know what they are.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMR-AN_GneI&index=5&list=PLZyqnm4XHew6-SwAZlrTYda7Y3ZLp2tRq
Signature: janice bisset

Dust Bunny, we believe

Dust Bunny, we believe

Dear Janice,
There is not much detail in your image, which has a focus problem, so we cannot be certain, but we believe this is a Dust Bunny.  According to the Huffington Post:  “Deep cleaning your home can be emotional. There are feelings, and then there’s procrastination and somewhere, before you reach the finish line (or your wit’s end), there are questions. Like, what are those wads of dust that have made a home of their own underneath your sofa?”  The Huffington Post also provides this information:  “Dust bunnies are made of many things… …Including dead skin, hair, particles of fiber, paper and feathers, and lint from textiles.  Dust bunnies are held together with static electricity.  And in homes with many pets or lots of people with shedding hair, they can get large as they collect under furniture such as beds and sofas.  They can be harmful to those with allergy or respiratory issues.  According the Wilson, the danger lies in dust bunnies’ ability to harbor dust mites which can trigger an asthmatic or allergic reaction.  To ward off these potential allergy triggers, Wilson recommends moving your furniture once or twice a year as though you are moving out and cleaning underneath to ensure that the surfaces do not build up debris. As an extra measure of cleanliness, use a HEPA filtered vacuum so the dust does not blow back into the room, she says.”  The youtube link you provided is to a private video.

https://youtu.be/Slczo3Q-Gxk
thank you for your response—I made the video public and I will keep it that way for a few days. if you get a chance to watch it, notice the two antenna (?) and the way one of the ?appendages moves. see the two eyes?

Ed. Note:  The only movement we can perceive in the video is the entire “Fuzz Ball with Eyes” being moved by tweezers.  We do admit that some insects, including the Masked Hunter and certain Lacewing Larvae use debris as camouflage, but this does not appear to be either of those.

ok, thank you.

Hi daniel, here is another pic of the same type of “fuzz bug” after I put it alcohol. These things are very bad for my breathing so if I see them I try to make them stop mutiplying

Fuzz Ball in Alcohol

Fuzz Ball in Alcohol

Hi again Jessica,
Thank you for providing another image, but we still can’t make any specific identification.  There does appear to be something visible, but we are not sure what.  You might want to do some research on Dust Mites.

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Subject: What bug is this?
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
August 14, 2016 6:17 pm
These bugs were in bird seed we bought in Toronto. What bug is this?
Signature: Thanks, Katie Rancourt

Weevils Infest Bird Seed

Granary Weevils Infest Bird Seed

Dear Katie,
Many insects infest stored food, especially grain products.  These are probably Granary Weevils.

Weevils infest Bird Seed

Granary Weevils infest Bird Seed

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Subject: Bug
Location: Thousand oaks
August 11, 2016 12:41 am
I have been seeing this bug everywhere in my room and idk what it is
Signature: Nikki Rivera

Silverfish

Silverfish

Hi Nikki,
This is a Silverfish, a common household pest.

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Subject: striped caterpillars?
Location: Montreal, QC, Canada
July 22, 2016 8:25 am
Hi, i found many of these tiny striped bugs in my couch. They shed their skin. I found alive ones and dead ones. They really like hair and fabric. My slipper was under the couch and it was totally infested. There was also a white thing with stripes that looks like a larvae. It is in the picture along with the caterpillar things and their shedded skins.
Signature: E

Carpet Beetle Debris

Carpet Beetle Debris

Dear E,
Carpet Beetles in the family Dermestidae are common household pests and the Carpet Beetle larvae will feed on a variety of organic materials in the home, including shed pet and human hair.

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Subject: Showed up after Fla. trip
Location: NYC
July 9, 2016 9:15 pm
Dont know what it is. Found it crawling on me after unpacking bags. Just came back from Miami.
Signature: Jas Wall

Larder Beetle

Larder Beetle

Dear Jas,
While we would not rule out that it was transported from Miami, the Larder Beetle is considered a cosmopolitan household pest and it may have come from anywhere, including your own pantry.

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Subject: Help
Location: Shower Floor
June 30, 2016 7:23 am
Found these in the shower after showering . What can they be!
Signature: Thanks

Louse

Louse

You have Lice.

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