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Subject:  Hello!
Geographic location of the bug:  California, Long Beach
Date: 10/13/2017
Time: 11:14 PM EDT
There’s lots of these little buggers in an old building that I live in. They generally stay out of sight and hug crevices and other areas, would love to understand what they are attracted to!
How you want your letter signed:  Anything is fine

German Cockroach

This is a German Cockroach.  According to BugGuide:  “Infests human dwellings and workplaces.”

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Subject:  Bed bug or flea?
Geographic location of the bug:  Southern Indiana
Date: 10/11/2017
Time: 06:12 PM EDT
Hello, there is a concern about bugs in the couch at my workplace. Now we’ve had an exterminator visit 3 times in the last month. Twice he brought a dog to sniff for any sign of bed bugs. All three visits he told us we had nothing to worry about if our concern was bed bugs. He mentioned it could potentially be fleas since we are located in a very pet friendly location. But im still not entirely convinced. I’m attaching one photo of a picture of the bug. And another photo next to a basic ink pen to compare size. What is your opinion here? Thanks!
How you want your letter signed:  Zach

Bed Bug

Dear Zach,
Thanks for including the ballpoint pen tip for scale.  This is a Bed Bug, and its small size indicates there is probably a breeding population of Bed Bugs in the couch.  If the exterminator did not address the issue, and if the couch isn’t valuable, you might want to consider discarding it.

Bed Bug

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Subject:  bugs found on carpet
Geographic location of the bug:  seattle
Date: 10/07/2017
Time: 11:02 PM EDT
One bedroom is a mess, lots of clothes and other stuff on the floor. Found small pillbug type bugs 1cm or so in size.  What are they?
Picture is on wide rule paper.
How you want your letter signed:  Sue

Carpet Beetle Larvahouse

Dear Sue,
This is a Carpet Beetle larva, a common cosmopolitan household pest that will feed on many organic things in the home, including pet food, cookie crumbs and shed pet hair.

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Subject:  They are everywhere!
Geographic location of the bug:  My Basement, northeast Washington state
Date: 09/28/2017
Time: 12:48 AM EDT
What are these? Are they harmful?
How you want your letter signed:  Creeped Out

Mediterranean Seed Bug

Dear Creeped Out,
This is an invasive Mediterranean Seed Bug, and according to BugGuide:  “native to Europe and the Mediterranean, adventive in NA (WA-CA) and now locally abundant.”  Without natural predators on the west coast of North America, they are proliferating.  Though they are not specifically harmful, they are an annoyance when they are abundant, and we don’t believe there is any current information on the negative impact they might have on native species.

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Subject:  Bug found in bathroom
Geographic location of the bug:  Bellingham wa
Date: 10/01/2017
Time: 12:28 AM EDT
What kind of bug is this
How you want your letter signed:  Jordan

Common Silverfish

Dear Jordan,
This is a Silverfish, a common household pest that is generally found in dark, damp locations.  Normally we do not attempt species identifications on Silverfish, but we believe, based on this BugGuide image, that your Silverfish is
Lepisma saccharina, the Common Silverfish.  According to BugGuide, the habitat is “indoors in warm, damp environments such as bathrooms and kitchens, or in damp basements; rarely encountered outdoors” and they eat “crumbs and food scraps, dried meat, cereals, moist wheat flour, glue on book bindings and wallpaper, starch in clothing made of cotton or rayon fabric.”

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Subject:  What is this bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Spring valley, NY
Date: 10/02/2017
Time: 11:30 AM EDT
Hi. Can you please identify this for me?  I keep finding these bugs in my bathrooms mainly.  Occasionally on the ceiling and they keep scurrying back to the wall.
How you want your letter signed:  Thank you for your time, sincerely, tzipora

Silverfish

Dear tzipora,
This is a Silverfish, a common household pest that is generally found in damp, dark locations.

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