I know these photos are not the best, but we found this guy burying into the carpet in my daughter’s room. Please advise, my wife is freaking out!
Santa Rosa, CA.

Hi Chris,
While Potato Bugs, also known as Jerusalem Crickets and other colorful names, are frightening looking, they are harmless. They do not infest homes, but occasionally wander in. They are subterranean dwellers. Queries for their identification are one of our most common requests, second perhaps only to the House Centipede, so we always keep a photo on the homepage which you would have found if you scrolled down.

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