Freaky Bug found in our Dorm Room
Location: Sarasota, FL
April 14, 2011 12:06 am
We are three girls from Sarasota, Florida and we found this hideous bug in our dorm room! We were wondering if you could identify it for us as we want to know if this bug is dangerous and whether or not we need to ask our school to call pest control!
Signature: 3 Girls from Ringling
Dear 3 Girls from Ringling,
Beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder, and we just posted a letter from Schoolyard Mom who describe this insect as a Beautiful Mystery. This is an immature Wheel Bug, and though we rarely get reports of people being bitten by Wheel Bugs, your photo nicely illustrates the piercing and sucking mouthparts. Wheel Bugs are predators, and if left in your dorm, it will most likely feed upon any cockroaches that are cohabitating with you. There is no need to call pest control. Wheel Bugs are outdoor insects that may wander indoors, though that would not be their chosen hunting grounds.