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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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Subject: Bug
Location: Thousand oaks
August 11, 2016 12:41 am
I have been seeing this bug everywhere in my room and idk what it is
Signature: Nikki Rivera

Silverfish

Silverfish

Hi Nikki,
This is a Silverfish, a common household pest.

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Subject: Swiss alpine bug at 4000m altitude
Location: Swiss Alps
July 30, 2016 1:08 am
What interesting bug did I see at 4000m/13000ft altitude on rocks in the Swiss alps? The pic is of the back end of the bug as it was very quick to get away. It jumped with a distinctive flicking motion in which it arched it’s back up and down. Reminiscent of a shrimp and silverfish. Pic taken at midday on 29th July 2016, in sunshine, air temperature probably 5 degrees C.
Signature: Ash

Bristletail

Jumping Bristletail

Dear Ash,
We believe this is a Jumping Bristletail in the family Machilidae, a group of insects that are quite similar to Silverfish.  According to BugGuide, a North American site, the habitat is:  “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.”  Here is a very similar looking image from Alamy

Awesome! Thank you so much for your story response.
Best.

 

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