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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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Subject: Square egg sacks
Location: Chico, Ca 95973
June 3, 2017 10:15 am
My buddy and I have been remodeling my mobile home and after opening up the ceiling we found small square egg sacks .when he reached his arm up in side to move something he has hundreds of bites on his arms they seem to burrow into the skin we are not sure what they are we can’t even identify them because they are so small . We have used standard house spray to no avail. Any ideas
Signature: Tony

Mysterious Rash

Dear Tony,
We do not have the necessary medical or entomological qualifications to provide a diagnosis based on this image, but that does look like a nasty rash that might need medical attention.  If this was connected to bites, we would suspect some type of mite, perhaps a species associated with rodents or birds.

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Subject: Bite in botanical garden Vietnam
Location: VIETNAM
April 26, 2017 9:18 am
Hi !
I was recently in Phong Nha park in Vietnam and was stung by something through my leggings as I hiked through a botanical garden there (south East Asian forest/ jungle setting)
It looks like a caterpillar bite but I’m not sure!
Any knowledge would be appreciated:)
Many thanks
Signature: Zuzanna

Caterpillar Irritation

Dear Zuzanna,
Caterpillars do not bite, but some species do have urticating hairs that might cause a reaction like you received.  What you have is certainly not a bite.

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Subject: What is this
Location: Spain
December 4, 2016 10:58 pm
Ihave been very sick and high fever due to these,,,
PLEASE HELP !!!!
Signature: Eldwan

Things

Things

Dear Eldwan,
We are unable to identify the Things in your images and we would recommend a trip to the doctor for a diagnosis.

Things

Things

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Subject: Help help help dying here
Location: Greer South Carolina
November 27, 2016 12:48 am
What is this it’s taking over and I’ve lost 85 pounds
Signature: Help

Unknown Threat

Unknown Threat

Alas, we are unable to distinguish anything in your images, except possibly the nap of a carpet.  Your symptoms, notably the weight loss, sounds serious.  You should consult a medical expert.

Unknown Threat

Unknown Threat

Unknown Threat

Unknown Threat

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Subject: unknown stool parasite
Location: CHicago
September 1, 2016 11:04 am
I am producing what may be (by usage of only hand lens) are Charcot-Leyden crystals, my reservation is that I believe I remember them much more uniform in shape. If I remember from my education in prehistoric times and if they are in the stool – they are associated with eosinophil breakdown in feces as a consequence of parasitic disease.
They appear very dark rust colored when cleaned up. I remember when stained in the lab with trichrome (sp? its been a long time) fecal preparation they turned bright red.
Literally hundreds are evacuating from me – and because of their shape are quite painful. Please assist
Signature: E Miller

Stool Sample Findings

Stool Sample Findings

Dear E Miller,
We regret to inform you that we do not have the necessary qualifications to identify your findings, and we would urge you to see a specialist in internal parasites or a gastrointestinal specialist.

Things Found in Stool Sample

Things Found in Stool Sample

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