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Subject: WHAT IS THIS!?
Location: Chicago
January 7, 2014 8:00 pm
Please help me ID this bug! Is it a carpet beetle larvae? But it looks like he doesn’t have enough legs?
I have found three of these so far – each time on the bath mat. He is tiny – about a quarter of an inch not including tail or antenea (and this is the biggest one I have seen, the others were smaller). He is very very fast.
Signature: Creeped Out

Silverfish

Silverfish

Dear Creeped Out,
This is a Silverfish, a common, cosmopolitan, household pest that will infest books, eating the glue binding, or eat the wallpaper glue off the wall.  They will also eat many other organic items in the home.

Thank you! I don’t suppose they could cause any kind of skin allergy… I have a few mystery bites but can’t find any evidence of bed bugs. Was hoping this was a carpet beetle!

We don’t think the chances are very great that the Silverfish and your bites are connected.

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Subject: Pest In OHIO
Location: Cincinnati Ohio
October 5, 2013 6:57 pm
Hello, i’ve been troubled by an insect for the past 3-4 years here in the ohio area. This insect seems to have followed me from one apartment to another 40 miles away.
I am a video gamer, and this insect has exhibited the strange desire, several times now, to crawl onto my foot while i am playing video games. I have captured one tonight inside a ziplock baggie and would appreciate your help in both identifying the species, as well as better understanding the nature of this insect and why it seems to like crawling around on my body and in my apartment. Of course if you can tell me which species it is, i would be much more capable of conducting further research myself. Is it nesting inside something i own or do i have some habit that causes this type of insect to seek me out?
I have taken several more pictures than i am actually able to submit. I have also a 30 second video of this creature crawling around in the ziplock baggie. It’s inside a ziplock baggie and i can amuse myself taking pictures until my interest fades. I’ll be happy to provide additional images if necessary.
This insect has either 6 legs or 8 legs (2 are incredibly small, close to the head, and could easily be legs or some other appendage). In addition to these 8 legs, there are 5 additional attenae appendages of very similar length shape and color, 2 at the head, 3 at the rear. The creature is brownish in color, with a variation of darker black spots / stripes, and becomes whitish / redish around the legs.
I would sincerely appreciate your help in finding the name of this creature.
Signature: Sean

Silverfish

Silverfish

Hi Sean,
This is a Silverfish and they are common cosmopolitan household pests that are notoriously hard to eradicate.  They will eat a wide range of organic matter in the home, including the glue used to affix wallpaper and the glue used in old book bindings.

 

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Subject: Bug
Location: Sao Paulo/Brazil
July 27, 2013 7:46 pm
It was on the wall, under the light. It It’s winter here. 6 to 10 ° celsius. It stood still and I could get closer to photograph. ~ 10 mm length.
Signature: rtjun

Silverfish

Silverfish

Dear rtjun,
This is a Silverfish and it is a common household pest in many parts of the world.

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Subject: Crawfish-like beetle?
Location: Central Florida
April 24, 2013 1:01 pm
Hello! I stumbled across your website when searching for an identity to a bug I found in my home. It’s springtime (April) in Florida, but I’ve found evidence of the same bug’s molt a few months ago (around the time a termite swarm entered my home). From tail to antennae, it’s about 1.25”-1.5” long. I’m truly at a loss as to what kind of bug this could be…thank you kindly for your expert eyes!
Signature: A. Robinson

Silverfish

Silverfish

Dear A. Robinson,
We thought this looked like a Silverfish, but perhaps it is the angle of the photo, but we were not certain, so we checked with Eric Eaton first.  Here is his reply:  “Nope, still a silverfish, or firebrat.  The scales are rubbed off, which makes ID more difficult.  Eric.”  Silverfish are common household pests that will eat a wide variety of organic substances in the home, including the glue used in wallpaper and book bindings.

Mr. Marlos,
Thank you for your response!  Now that I know it’s most likely a silverfish, I feel a little silly asking for ID.  I’ve only ever identified silverfish when they were alive, so perhaps that’s where my confusion originated.  I suppose it’s a good sign that I’ve only found dead ones in my current home.
Thanks, again.
Amber

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Subject: Is this a Silverfish or a Fire-brat?
Location: Georgia, United States
December 24, 2012 1:58 pm
I am from Belfast, Northern Ireland, however, I’m currently visiting Georgia, U.S.A. I found this bug in the bathroom sink, so I asked the members of a Facebook page that I run if they could identify it for me. The consensus was split pretty much 50/50, with half sure that it is a Silverfish and the other half a Fire-brat. I just want to know for sure what it is and if it poses any danger, as I have a week old baby here.
Signature: Whatsthatbug

Silverfish

One can make the case that all Firebrats are Silverfish but not all Silverfish are Firebrats since they are classified in the same insect order, Zygentoma, with the distinction arising at the genus level.  Firebrats prefer warmer temperatures in general, and the classic Firebrat is Thermobia domestica which can be viewed on BugGuide.  We are certain that this is a Silverfish, but we cannot say with certainty that it is a Firebrat.  They are classifed together on our website on the Silverfish, Bristletails and Firebrats category.  Silverfish are considered household pests, though we cannot imagine that they pose any direct threat to your week old baby.

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Subject: Boston Apartment Bug
Location: Boston, MA
December 24, 2012 12:21 am
I find one of these bugs every so often in my 4th story apartment in Boston. Usually in the bathroom. I have never seen these before (grew up in the midwest). I have been wondering for a while, and finally got a picture of one. There are two antennas in the front, and three in the back.
Thanks,
Signature: Doug

Silverfish

Hi Doug,
You have Silverfish.  They are a common household pest and they can be very difficult to eradicate.

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