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Found in my kitchen but not in my bug books
Sat, Mar 7, 2009 at 4:25 PM
I found this guy trapped inside a casserole bowl in my kitchen. It looks something like an earwig, but the pincers in front and what looks like likes wings on the back.
Rich Guthrie
upstate New York – near Albany

Bristletail

Bristletail

Hi Rich,
This is a Bristletail in the order Microcoryphia.  It is a primitive insect related to Silverfish.  Bristletails are nocturnal and secretive, generally found outdoors, though some species are found in houses.  Current taxonomy has Bristletails and Silverfish in distinct orders, but some old texts lump them together.

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Strange Cockroach (?)
Thu, Jan 15, 2009 at 10:41 AM
I keep seeing these bugs in my bathroom which vary greatly in size. they run between being less than a centimeter in size to almost half an inch. They have long antennae coming out of both ends and it seems sort of furry around the head area and are yellow/gold with black/grey spots. It almost seems like an immature kind of beetle. I finally caught one to post a picture, they are unbelievably fast! Sorry the photo isn’t closer or more clear, they move like there’s no tomorrow! Can you please tell me what these creepy bugs infesting my bathroom are!?
Taylor W.
Denver, Co

Silverfish

Silverfish

Hi Taylor,
You have Silverfish, a common household pest. You can find much information online about the difficult to eradicate Silverfish.

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identify bug
Wed, Oct 22, 2008 at 1:03 PM
This bug is found sometimes in the bath tubs or the sinks in my house so I assume they are coming from the drain. How can I get rid of them?
Rich
Tubs and Sinks in Bathrooms

Silverfish

Silverfish

Hi Rich,
This is a Silverfish, long considered a household pest.  The person who can figure out how to safely discourage them from entering and infesting homes will be an instant millionaire.

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Hello! Identification help!
Hi,
I have attached a picture of a bug I have found in my room. Just curious if you know what it is and a little about it? Thank you so much!
Matt

Hi Matt,
The Silverfish is a primitive insect that is generally cosidered a household pest.

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please help figure out what this is!
I find this bug in my master bathroom. It’s always crawling on the wall, only one by itself but i’ll see it once or twice a week. Sometimes it’s on the wall of my bedroom. Any idea what it is? Please!!!
Nancy

Hi Nancy,
We have received several requests in recent weeks to identify a Silverfish, but we have not posted a new image of a Silverfish since it was Bug of the Month in March 2007. Silverfish are primitive insects that can become established in homes and become household pests. They are usually found in dark damp areas and they are known to damage books by feeding on the organic glue and sizing in the binding and also do damage to wallpaper. They eat many forms of dry organic matter and will also feed on sugar, flour, breakfast cereals, fabrics and insulating materials.

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What is this?
Hi, there,
Recently I can see this kind of bug everyday in my house. First I thought it is a House Centipede. But I found there are not enough legs. Please tell me what it is and how to control them (I killed 2-3 everyday). Thanks and regards
James

Hi James,
This is a Silverfish, a primitive insect. They are considered household pests. They are found in dark, damp areas, often the bathroom and basement. They will eat many things, but are fond of glue that adheres wallpaper to the wall and the glue in book bindings. Your timing was perfect and your photo quite gorgeous, so we are making the Silverfish the featured Bug of the Month for March 2007.

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