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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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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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