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Indian Meal Moth

Indian Meal Moth

Subject: What kind of moths are these?
Location: Queens, NY
October 20, 2014 12:02 pm
My girlfriend has been finding a bunch of these (what I believe to be) moths in her bedroom; one night, she encountered 10. To me, they resemble Indian Meal Moths. We typically find these at night, but that might just be a coincidence as we’re at work during the day.
We’ve never seen them flying around; whenever we turn on the lights, they just don’t move.
The door to the bedroom is right next to the entrance to the kitchen, which led me to believe that they were Indian Meal Moths, but there are no moths in the kitchen.
Thank you very much for your time and I look forward to your response.
Signature: AG

Dear AG,
Clean out the pantry, paying especial attention to grain products and nuts.  You have Indian Meal Moths and the Caterpillars are eating your stored dry goods.

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Silverfish

Silverfish

Subject: Identification
Location: East elmhurst, NY
October 18, 2014 2:03 am
Found this in my house a week ago.
What is the name of this bug?
Signature: initials

Dear initials,
This is a Silverfish, and it is a common household pest that is often found in damp, dark locations.

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Subject: bugs ate holes in sheets
Location: southern California
September 2, 2014 9:43 pm
We left home for two months and when we returned, these bugs were in a bed that had dozens of holes in the sheet; presumably eaten by these bugs. the bugs were under the sheets, on the mattress cover. Are these bed bugs? No sign of them since we washed bedding and destroyed sheets.
Signature: stever65

Carpet Beetle Larvae

Carpet Beetle Larvae

Hi Steve65,
These are Carpet Beetle Larvae, common household pests that will feed on a wide array of organic items in the home.  What was the composition of the sheets?

Carpet Beetle Larva

Carpet Beetle Larva

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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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