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Subject: strange bug
Location: Texas
November 29, 2016 3:13 pm
Wondering whats this guy, recently moved some things out of a self Storage building and found them in my belongings.
Signature: Justin s

Silverfish

Silverfish

Dear Justin,
There is not much left of this Silverfish, a common household pest that will eat most anything organic, including the glue in book bindings. 

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Subject: Big? Larvae?
Location: Philadelphia
November 27, 2016 6:27 pm
Hello
I used to see a random one or two of these in my bathroom and recently have been finding them in the kitchen working thier way to dropped dry catfood
Signature: LK

Carpet Beetle Larva

Carpet Beetle Larva

Dear LK,
This is a Carpet Beetle larva, a common household pest that will eat many organic materials in the home, including shed pet hair and natural fibers in carpets like wool.

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Subject: unidentified bugs
Location: Beverly Hills, CA
November 22, 2016 2:04 pm
Hi, I thought I know common household pests, but this one baffled me. There a thousands of them around inside and outside, and I think it’s mating season for them. I’m in southern California and we just had more than in one day than I can remember. The yard is still damp from it and it’s covered with these little buggers. Please help.
Thank you.
Signature: AO

Termites

Termites

Dear AO,
These are Termites.  Termites frequently swarm on a sunny day after a rain.  We observed Termites swarming in Mount Washington the same day you saw them in Beverly Hills.

Thank you so much for your quick reply. I thought swarming termite had wings. These just crawl around. Happy thanksgiving.
A

Hi again AO,
Swarming Termites do have wings which the shed after mating.  If you have been seeing so many Termites, there should also be piles of wings nearby.

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Subject: What is this?
Location: NYC
November 19, 2016 7:01 pm
Found these in a shopping bag when I came home from the store. What type of bug is this?
Signature: Nicole

Sawtooth Grain Beetle, we believe

Sawtooth Grain Beetle, we believe

Dear Nicole,
This looks like a Sawtooth Grain Beetle to us.  It is a species that infests stored foods, so bringing it home from a grocery store makes perfect sense.

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Subject: WTF is this.
Location: Lexington, KY
November 16, 2016 9:04 am
Bugs initially found in kitchen, specifically hiding in toaster, microwave, and rack of coasters. Sometimes coming out onto counter, especially when food present. Also hiding in cabinets. Range in size from a couple millimeters to a couple centimeters. Some appear gnat like, larger ones are black with red/orange/brown stripe down back. No wings/flying that we’ve seen. Saw first one in bathroom and vanity this morning.
Signature: Kari

German Cockroach Nymph

German Cockroach Nymph

Dear Kari,
This is a German Cockroach nymph, one of the species that is best known for infesting apartment buildings and restaurants.  They tend to feed at night and scurry away when the lights are turned on.  You can compare your image to this BugGuide image.  According to BugGuide:  “Omnivorous, eats just about anything edible.”

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Subject: Flying four legged insect
Location: Bay area
October 15, 2016 10:32 am
It’s fall in Northern California. A storm just ended, and these bugs started popping up all along the neighborhood. Ideas?
Signature: Geoffrey Zhang

Termite Alate

Termite Alate

Dear Geoffrey,
Termite Alates, the reproductive males and females, frequently swarm after rains.  Because we must be away from the office for several days, we are post-dating your submission to go live later in the week while we are traveling.

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