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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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Subject: ?beetle
Location: Merced, Ca 95340
March 15, 2016 5:18 pm
I found this little guy on my pillow last night. Maybe a couple of mm. long. 3/14/16
Signature: Tom Tanioka

Varied Carpet Beetle

Varied Carpet Beetle

Dear Tom,
This is a Varied Carpet Beetle, a common household pest.

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Subject: Spring Time Bug
Location: Fremont, CA
March 10, 2016 4:59 pm
5 years ago and again this month of March 2016, I found 2 and up 6 of these insects. They are 1/8″ long. I usually find them in a sofa downstairs, but I have also found them in an upstairs window. I mention the 2 occurrences, 5 years apart to indicate that the problem went away on its own initially, without treatment. I have never found large quantities of the insect, but I am still concerned about what course of action I should take. The insects color makes them look different then bed bugs.
Signature: Greg M.

Carpet Beetle

Carpet Beetle

Hi Greg,
This is a Carpet Beetle, a common household pest, and we are quite amazed at your cleaning abilities if you have only found them twice in five years.

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Subject: Can’t figure out what bug this is!
Location: Virginia
February 29, 2016 8:56 pm
Hi,
I can’t figure out what kind of bug this is but I have come across a few of them in my apartment. Would you be able to tell me what it is?
Signature: Thanks!

Carpet Beetle

Carpet Beetle

You have Carpet Beetles, a common Household Pest.

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Subject: Long pillbug with segmented thorax in my makeup!
Location: Az
February 21, 2016 1:46 am
I found this bug in my makeup in mid February, (and promptly threw out said makeup by the way). I’ve seen them before, usually when deep cleaning the grime out of the bottom of drawers (you know how hair and dust collects in the corners of bathroom drawers, and food in kitchen drawers?)It was about the size of a pantry bug, less than the size of a peppercorn, and just hanging out in my purple eye shadow, no waste/feces around it, in fact, it was sitting more on the exposed metal part of my makeup than in the powder. It looked fuzzy just along the sides and out was hard to tell if it had six or eight legs, but appeared more centipede like. It didn’t seem to do well in water (I freaked out a little when I saw it and flicked it into my just used sink. But it didn’t go down the drain once wet; I figured it was dead (it wasn’t moving), so I snapped a few pics and would come back to check later, leaving it so I could try and look it up). I came back a few hours later to find that it had crawled away and my search on the Internet turned up nothing. And so I found you, the bugman!
Signature: Grossed out but curious

Carpet Beetle Larva

Carpet Beetle Larva

Dear Grossed out but curious,
This is a Carpet Beetle Larva, a common household pest.

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