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Subject: Bug
Location: Seattle
April 12, 2016 8:45 pm
Seen this bug 3 places 3 different times in last 2 weeks
Signature: Will

Toe-Biter

Toe-Biter

Dear Will,
The Toe-Biter is an aquatic predator that is capable of flying from pond to pond, which helps during years of drought.  The Toe-Biter should be handled with caution as it is reported to have a painful, but not dangerous bite.

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Subject: Can’t find this bug online anywhere
Location: Western West Virginia
April 11, 2016 3:02 pm
I have found several of these bugs in my bedroom. They appear to have wings and/or are able to jump. I’m not sure which. They may bite or that may be entirely psychological on my part. They are small and oval. About the size of a ball point pen head brown-black with black spots. Usually find them one at a time and haven’t been able to find their nest if they have one or any larva. Please help. Thank you.
Signature: Katelyn

Possibly Asian Carpet Beetle

Possibly Asian Carpet Beetle

Dear Katelyn,
At first we thought this might be a Varied Carpet Beetle, a species we have posted to our site eight times since the beginning of March, but when we reread your written description, we realized it is a smaller species, possibly the Asian Carpet Beetle,
Anthrenus coloratus, which according to BugGuide is 1.5–2.5 mm. while the larger Varied Carpet Beetle is 1.7-3.5 mm by BugGuide‘s reckoning.  Carpet Beetles in general are among out Top 10 identification requests.

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Subject: Can you identify these bugs?
Location: Olympic Peninsula, Washington state
March 23, 2016 2:47 pm
I started seeing a few of these tiny bugs a few months ago, now they are everywhere! In my kitchen cabinets, along the bottom of my sliding glass door, in my bathrooms. . . Can you tell me what they are and how to get rid of them? I live on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state, but friends have seen them in Portland OR and Marysville WA
Signature: Janna

Varied Carpet Beetle

Varied Carpet Beetle

Dear Janna,
The Varied Carpet Beetle is a common household pest.  Thanks for including a dime in your image for scale.

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Subject: Bugs in my bed:(
Location: Columbus, Ohio
March 21, 2016 7:58 pm
I keep finding these bugs in my bed and I don’t know what they are and where they are coming from. The bugs were around 5 millimeters big. Recently I also had some bumps resembling bug bites on my back and neck, though they did not itch. Hopefully you can help me. I have included a picture of one of the bugs I found and the bites which I assume come from these bugs.
Signature: Ellyce

Varied Carpet Beetle

Varied Carpet Beetle

Dear Ellyce,
The bug you found in your bed is a Varied Carpet Beetle, a common household pest.  You have bumps on your neck.  We cannot say for certain that there is any relationship between the two occurrences.  Varied Carpet Beetles are not known to bite humans.  Perhaps you can find the cause of the bumps on Healthline which has a page entitled What’s Causing This Raised Bump on My Skin?

Bumps on Neck

Bumps on Neck

Subject: Another bug in my bed:(
Location: Columbus, Ohio
March 21, 2016 8:07 pm
I just sent a message a few minutes ago, but I found a picture of one of the earlier bugs (there’s been four I found total) and this one looks different. This one was between 3 and 4 millimeters.
Thank you.
Signature: Ellyce

Bed Bug

Bed Bug

Hi again Ellyce,
The second bug you found in your bed is a blood sucking Bed Bug and it might be responsible for the bumps on your neck and back.  You indicated the bumps did not itch.  The American Academy of Dermatology does make a reference to itching and their Bed Bug page is embedded within the Itchy Skin category.   The Terminex site states:  “Not everyone reacts to a bed bug bite, but itching is one of the most common reactions for those who do.”  Once again, we cannot say for certain that the bumps are related to the presence of bugs in your bed, but you definitely have found a blood sucking Bed Bug and if there is one, there might be more.

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Ed. Note:  April 11, 2016
Bed Bug identification queries have increased greatly in the past five years, and though most of those have turned out to be Carpet Beetles or other Household Pests, actual Bed Bug sightings have also greatly increased, prompting us to add Bed Bugs to our Top 10 tag.

Subject: Tick?
Location: Chicago, IL USA
February 29, 2016 1:32 pm
I found this bug on my backpack today. Im not really sure what it is, but it sort of looks like a tick. I do not live in a heavily wooded area (I live in Chicago). This bug was very little and very flat. Im hoping you can tell me what it is.
Signature: Julia

Bed Bug

Bed Bug

Dear Julia,
The bad news is that this is a blood-sucking Bed Bug and if you found it in your home, you may have more.  Look for bites that occur while sleeping.  The good news is that we are featuring your submission as the Bug of the Month for March 2016.

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Subject: Big Bug out of place?
Location: Charlottetown PEI Canada
January 30, 2016 8:24 pm
Have never seen a large bug like this before (saw it outside on sidewalk of my work building during the summer). I wonder if it might be far from home and wonder how it got to Charlottetown PEI.
Just curious.
Signature: Jenny K

Toe-Biter

Toe-Biter

Dear Jenny,
This Giant Water Bug or Toe-Biter is an aquatic predatory True Bug that is able to fly from pond to pond in the event that food runs out or the pond dries out.  Giant Water Bugs are also attracted to lights leading to the common name Electric Light Bug, and that might be the reason you found it near your work.  Though they are not aggressive toward people, Giant Water Bugs are reported to deliver a painful bite if accidentally stepped on by waders and swimmers.  The Toe-Biter is one of our most frequent identification requests.

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