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Subject:  What’s That Bug?
Location:  Ventura, California
April 28, 2017
Dearest Bugman,
I live in Ventura, Ca a small coastal city about an hour north of LA. My home is on the hillside and I enjoy the small ecosystem in my neighborhood with a variety of birds (some of which sing morning and night), lizards, other critters I often do not encounter inside my home and a large variety of “bugs” of all types. I often have silverfish in my home and my practice is to acknowledge them and let them be, but I spotted this guy the other night on my kitchen floor and he looked a little different. I got down on the floor for an intimate photoshoot with this little fella, and also noticed that when I got close he would flutter small wings, but never really took flight. I snapped these shots with my iPhone and hopefully got enough details for you to determine just who my new friend is…  30 seconds after I switched off the kitchen light and sat down in the other room (with a view of the kitchen) I saw a mouse run across the very kitchen floor I had just been down and dirty on! Of course I screamed as this was my very first ever experience of any type of four legged animal in my domicile. I considered leaving for the evening and returning in daylight hours, but decided that it is my home and I will be a decent hostess even to the most unsavory of uninvited guests for a night or two. It took 3 nights and about 15 have a heart traps set in my kitchen by a professional, but the good news is it appears that there are no longer unwanted mammals in my home… which brings us back to the question at hand: have you seen this before?
Signature:  Melanie On the Irish Chain

Bristletail

Dear Melanie on the Irish Chain,
The Bristletail in your images is a primitive insect that was once classified with Silverfish and several other groups that have since been taxonomically divided, with Bristletails now being classified in the Order Microcoryphia.  BugGuide has some wonderfully detailed images of Bristletails.  Based on this BugGuide information on habitat:  “outdoor grassy or wooded environments: under bark, in leaf litter, rock crevices, or under stones; not normally found in homes, does not breed indoors, and not considered a pest” we would not classify this posting as a Household Pest, but considering your encounter with the rodent, we feel the tag is appropriate.

Bristletail

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Subject: Bug
Location: Kansas
April 9, 2017 7:27 am
We found this bug in our bed room what is it
Signature: Kyle bobd

Silverfish

Dear Kyle,
This is a Silverfish, a common household pest that will eat a wide variety of organic materials found in the home, including wallpaper paste.  Your individual appears to have encountered some trauma, as its antennae and other extremities are missing.

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Subject: Help! Very concerned
Location: in the bedroom and toilet
December 2, 2016 8:02 pm
This is the second time i am seeing this bug and i am concerned what brings them and should i be worried. Thanks
Signature: Cedric

Silverfish

Silverfish

Dear Cedric,
This is a Silverfish, a common household pest that shuns light and is generally found in dark, damp places.  Silverfish will eat almost anything organic, including the glue in wallpaper and book bindings.  We will be postdating your submission to go live at the end of the month when we are away on holiday.

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Subject: strange bug
Location: Texas
November 29, 2016 3:13 pm
Wondering whats this guy, recently moved some things out of a self Storage building and found them in my belongings.
Signature: Justin s

Silverfish

Silverfish

Dear Justin,
There is not much left of this Silverfish, a common household pest that will eat most anything organic, including the glue in book bindings. 

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Subject: NorCal bug coming up drain (septic system)
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
November 5, 2016 12:27 pm
I’ve seen a few of these alive in my bathroom sink. They seem to be coming up from the drain. They are fast-moving, and this one is about 1.5″ long. I live in the San Mateo hills south of San Francisco, and we are on a septic system here. These bugs have been spotted in September and October.
Signature: Adam

Bristletail

Bristletail

Dear Adam,
Based on this BugGuide image, we are confident that this is a primitive insect in the order Microcoryphia, known as a Bristletail.  According to BugGuide:  “outdoor grassy or wooded environments: under bark, in leaf litter, rock crevices, or under stones; not normally found in homes, does not breed indoors, and not considered a pest” and their food is “algae, lichen, moss, decaying vegetation; usually feed at night.”

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Subject: Bug in Southwestern Ontario
Location: London Ontario
October 6, 2016 8:40 pm
Hello, we found this bug in our bathroom, not sure what it is?
Thanks in advance
London, Ontario, Canada
October 2016, roughly 20c outside.
Signature: Zak

Silverfish

Silverfish

Dear Zak,
This is a Silverfish, a common household pest.

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