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Subject:  Bugs? on sanitary napkins
Geographic location of the bug:  India, in a semi humid to dry enviornment, near bloo
Date: 11/04/2021
Time: 02:35 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello,
This is going to be a bit disgusting, graphic and tmi.
I had a lot of very bad weeks in terms of mental illness and as a result of that, I accumulated bloody disposable sanitary pads.
Yes I know what a bad idea that is. I managed to clean and sanitize all of my pad shelf today (yay)
There were insects on it. (Not insects since they did not have legs but maybe to-be insects since maybe they were early stages).
They’re small about 2mm, gathered in groups, white to brown coloured, their body is sectioned, no feet, can’t distinguish any features and they were all dead or immobile at least. I collected them and sprayed the whole thing with sanitizer, is there something else you’d recommend doing?
Do you know what it might have been?
How you want your letter signed:  A harangued person

Puparia on Sanitary Napkin

Dear harangued person,
This appears to be a fly pupa, commonly called puparia.  Fly larvae known as Maggots feed on a multitude of different foods, and many species of flies are associated with rotting organic matter.  When the maggots have finished feeding, they often wander away from the food source to transform into the puparia.  The insects you described:  “They’re small about 2mm, gathered in groups, white to brown coloured, their body is sectioned, no feet, can’t distinguish any features and they were all dead or immobile at least” sound very much like maggots.  So, if it is any comfort, the puparia did not emerge from the sanitary napkin, but rather the sanitary napkin seemed like a dry, comfortable place for metamorphosis.

Puparia on Sanitary Napkin

Subject:  Help with bug please
Geographic location of the bug:  Bartlesville Oklahoma
Date: 12/05/2019
Time: 10:30 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I have converted standalone garage that’s a man cave with a recliner. I’ve been noticing lots of these bugs crawling on me.
How you want your letter signed:  Richard

Bed Bug

Dear Richard,
Your man cave has Bed Bugs.  Was the recliner gotten second-hand?  Second-hand furniture is a common way to introduce Bed Bugs to a new location.  We suspect you are getting bitten while you recline.  Bed Bugs are blood suckers that will feed on sleeping humans.  They can be difficult to eradicate.

Thank you for your quick response. I was worried about that. I’ve never seen them before and they looked 90% like the pictures but with bugs never know. Thank you again I’m throwing it out and taking action to get rid of them!

Subject:  What type of insect?
Geographic location of the bug:  Maryland
Date: 12/05/2019
Time: 02:33 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this bug on my living room wal, curious to know what it is.
How you want your letter signed:  Mario

Bed Bug

Dear Mario,
This is a Bed Bug, and if you found one, there are likely more.  Infestations of Bed Bugs can be difficult to eradicate.  They are blood suckers that will feed on humans while sleeping.

Subject:  Bug Beetle or what is it
Geographic location of the bug:  New England and eastern Canada
Date: 09/25/2019
Time: 08:31 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  We have found several of these in the material on the headboard (bed) in our Motor Home.  We have been in the New England States and the Maritime Provinces in Canada for the past 3 months.
How you want your letter signed:  RT

Bed Bug

Dear RT,
We take no pleasure in being the bearers of bad news.  This is a Bed Bug.

Subject:  Unknown bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Los Angeles, California
Date: 05/03/2019
Time: 12:52 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  My son saw this tiny bug on his shoulder and freaked out. We would like to know what it is. It’s about 3mm long. Thank you in advance!
How you want your letter signed:  June

Human Louse

Dear June,
You have cause for concern.  This is a Human Louse.

Subject:  Looking for source of flies inside the house 🙁
Geographic location of the bug:  Montreal, canada
Date: 04/21/2019
Time: 08:42 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello, please help me identify the source of these flies that started to appear in my house 2 weeks ago. I kill 1-2 per day since but can’t find the source 🙁 what kind of fly is this? What can be the source?? Im searching the kitchen but couldn’t find clues yet
How you want your letter signed:  Lyne

Indian Meal Moth

Dear Lyne,
This is not a Fly.  It is an Indian Meal Moth, a species that infests stored grain products.  We suggest you check your pantry for the site of the infestation.  Perhaps that corn meal you only use at Thanksgiving or that long forgotten oatmeal at the back of the cupboard.  They will also infest spices. The larvae feed on grain.  The adults do not.