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Subject:  What are these
Geographic location of the bug:  My shirt
Date: 02/12/2019
Time: 04:15 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  There are over a 100 all over my shirt but I can not see them well up close because they are so tiny. They look red but leave a yellow looking stain
How you want your letter signed:  Sue

Stains

Dear Sue,
We cannot determine with any accuracy what has caused the stains on your shirt.  Have you eaten spaghetti lately?

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Subject:  Unknown bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  North California/Salinas
Date: 02/11/2019
Time: 02:56 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello. I’ve been plagued with this unknown bug almost a year. In all textiles in home & feels fine a “sting” to me. They hide in rug or cracks or under things & have what appears to be hair/horn they stick out above opening. Not sure but I assume pics are of different life-cycle stages. Can you identify?
How you want your letter signed:  Lelia

Unknown Plague

Dear Lelia,
We are unable to identify what is plaguing you.

Unknown Thing

Unknown Thing

Comment from Facebook follower Ayla Claire:
The third “unknown thing” appears to be a sunflower seed! Seek psychiatric help.

We agree with Ayla that the third unknown thing does appear to be a sunflower seed.  We thought that when we posted the image, but refrained from stating such an obvious observation.

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Subject:  type of insect
Geographic location of the bug:  Lebanon
Date: 01/31/2019
Time: 08:35 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  hi, I was literally surprised by itching for a period of time(1 month) so I started taking pills of allergy and nothing happened . one day, i was itching my leg, and i found a small insect like a spider it looks like it attached on the hair and skin. In that day i found 2 3 of them on my skin and i become more allergy but  there’s no patch of red skin or something bubble.
How you want your letter signed:  .

Crab Louse

Dear .,
This sure looks like a Crab Louse,
Phthiris pubis, to us, an ectoparasite often found living in human pubic hair.  Since you found this Crab Louse on yourself and not on a significant other, we can be totally frank and provide this information found on the Penn State Department of Entomology site:  “Crab lice usually are transmitted from person to person by sexual contact, however, they can be found on toilet seats and in beds, and from there, spread to people.”  You may or may not find amusing this Wired article questioning if the modern obsession with depilation of luxuriant growths of pubic hair due to changing standards of aesthetics might affect populations of Crab Lice in the future.  

Crab Louse

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Subject:  Bugs around the house
Geographic location of the bug:  Western Washington (Maple valley) (winter time)
Date: 02/01/2018
Time: 10:06 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Dear bugman,
Thank you for taking the time to hopefully look at these prospective bugs! I am currently a caretaker caring for an elderly woman who has started to see many bugs around her house. She believes that they are smaller bugs of sorts and will start to change shapes after a while? I cannot visually see the bugs, they look rather more like fir needles from outside, but her vet suggested that we just submit the pictures to you for a more educational approach to the “bugs”. She doesn’t want to get an exterminator, but is thinking that every little black spec is a bug! So just so information back would be quite appreciated!!!
From my client:
” The bugs started coming into the house around the beginning of November. A lot of them are all black and different sixes and shapes. They move around looking like movements and jumps, trying to get away they are very quick. The stick part looks just like fir needles, but then they look like they have caught some sort of disease on them and they grow bigger and go away. They grow every where and can range in sizes of a tiny tiny dots and will grow larger or the sticks. I would truly love your opinion on them all so i know what i am combating for they are very hard to catch. Also they stick to each other with some sort of glue thing that moves along with the bugs that attracts the other bugs to them to stick to each other. They have decreased in the actual bug amount lately but are still coming in. I would love your opinion thank you very much.”
How you want your letter signed:  Thank you so so so much! Caris Ash and her patient!

Debris

Dear Caris Ash and her patient,
We see nothing in your images of debris that looks like insects or insect parts.  We see what appears to be twigs and other plant debris, as well as human and/or pet hair, but no bugs.

Debris

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Subject:  Worm
Geographic location of the bug:  USA, Wisconsin
Date: 01/18/2018
Time: 11:31 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  During a bowel movement  two Identical (things) were passed. They look to have come open as you can see the insides.  I searched here last month after I found similar photos of the sesame seeds around my bed and house.  Thank you for your time. Sincerely,  Drophammer77
How you want your letter signed:  Drophammer77

Thing passed in bowel movement

Dear Drophammer77,
We do not recognize what you passed during your bowel movement.  We are not qualified to give medical diagnoses.  If you suspect you have internal parasites, you should seek the advice of a medical professional.

Things passed in bowel movement

Thing passed in bowel movement

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Subject:  Bug? Slug? Parasites?
Geographic location of the bug:  Kitchen, beds,hallway  everywhere
Date: 11/25/2017
Time: 04:24 AM EDT
Hi am have looked everywhere I can online and nothing. But I keep finding these chunks and some look like crumbs. I have even seen smaller very similar shapes in my daughters stool. (Sorry gross but I have). In my home it is myself and my 2 children 3 and 6 years old we all have are own bed and every morning we find this stuff in our beds. Seems like they start off a gray tan color and as they dry up turn orange? Not sure.
How you want your letter signed:  Thank You. CuriousMom

Organic Substance?

Dear Curious Mom,
While we are uncertain of the actual identity of the chunks and crumbs you find in the beds in your home, we are quite confident they are neither bugs nor slugs, which leaves parasites or other.  The things in your images look vaguely organic, and our first thought was ear-wax or mucous.   If you suspect there is a malady involved, you should seek professional medical advice.

Chunk or Crumb

Found in Bed

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