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Subject:  Hello!
Geographic location of the bug:  California, Long Beach
Date: 10/13/2017
Time: 11:14 PM EDT
There’s lots of these little buggers in an old building that I live in. They generally stay out of sight and hug crevices and other areas, would love to understand what they are attracted to!
How you want your letter signed:  Anything is fine

German Cockroach

This is a German Cockroach.  According to BugGuide:  “Infests human dwellings and workplaces.”

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Subject:  What’s this bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Northeastern Arizona
Date: 09/03/2017
Time: 12:19 AM EDT
He takes small little skitters at a time. Never more than a second long stride. Kind reminded me of a cockroach but also like a beetle. Is it dangerous to my kids?
How you want your letter signed:  Curious Momma

Male Sand Cockroach

Dear Curious Momma,
Based on this BugGuide image, we are quite confident you encountered a male Sand Cockroach in the genus
Arenivaga, a harmless group that does not invade homes, but since males can fly and since they are attracted to lights, they are sometimes encountered indoors.  Flightless female Sand Cockroaches are generally found underground.

Male Sand Cockroach

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Subject: Bedbug or cockroach?
Location: Los Angeles
August 22, 2017 7:36 pm
I found this in my bed and am terrified that it is a bed bug, though we occasionally get cockroaches in our house. We also have termites though that’s a side note. Any idea which this is??
Signature: Worried

Cockroach Nymph

Dear Worried,
Given your choices, it is ironic that you are probably relieved to find out that this is an immature Cockroach and not a Bed Bug.  As an aside, your image almost looks like a Cockroach in amber, which would have made it quite valuable according to iddfossils.

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Subject: What’s this bug?
Location: Georgia
August 13, 2017 9:01 am
We’ve had a bug out break at my apartment. With two types of beetles. I suspect that the second one may be a bed bug. The first one is a beetle I can’t identify. I’ve been getting bit and a stingy feeling I imagine from two separate bugs. Can you help me identify them?
Signature: Extremely grateful, Shanice

Cockroach Nymph

Dear Shanice,
The insect on the tip of that impressively manicured finger is an immature Smoky Brown Cockroach,
Periplaneta fuliginosa, as you can see by comparing it to this BugGuide image.  According to Urban Entomology:  “Smoky-brown cockroaches require high humidity for survival. They are found outside in wooded areas that provide shade and moisture. They can also be seen in protected areas around homes (tree holes and mulch) and in buildings and attics. Stacks of lumber and firewood, sewer-access openings and trash piles can contribute to infestations. Once in structures they are commonly found in attics or near fireplaces. These cockroaches can be attracted by a leaky roof.”  We suspect the bites you are getting are coming from some other creature.  Your other images are somewhat blurry, however the insect in one image does resemble a Bed Bug and it is likely the cause of the bites.

Possible Bed Bug

 

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Subject: Could you identify this bug?
Location: Bosnia and Hercegowina
July 25, 2017 12:49 am
Hi, I would like to know what bug is this that I found next to my bed. I’ll attach some photos bellow.
I live in Bosnia and Hercegovina, southeastern Europe.
Can you identify it?
Signature: Tomislav Sopta

Cockroach

Dear Tomislav,
This is some species of Cockroach.

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Subject: Beetle?
Location: South Texas
July 8, 2017 10:30 pm
Found this creepy crawly while walking my dogs tonight. I have lived in this exact house for a majority of my life and have never seen a beetle like it. I have looked everywhere and cannot seem to identify it, it’s simple curiosity that has me asking. He was about the size of a quarter, fairly flat, a light gray color all over, his head was hidden from my view, he seemed to have sections similar to a pill bug. Hope you can help!
Signature: Brianna

Female Boll’s Sandroach

Dear Brianna,
This is not a Beetle.  It is a female Sandroach in the genus
Arenviga, probably Boll’s Sandroach which is pictured on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “The downy females have no wings and burrow in the dust under houses and in natural rock shelters where they feed on packrat droppings” and “Other related species occur in West and South Texas.”

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