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Subject: What’s this bug?
Location: Georgia
August 13, 2017 9:01 am
We’ve had a bug out break at my apartment. With two types of beetles. I suspect that the second one may be a bed bug. The first one is a beetle I can’t identify. I’ve been getting bit and a stingy feeling I imagine from two separate bugs. Can you help me identify them?
Signature: Extremely grateful, Shanice

Cockroach Nymph

Dear Shanice,
The insect on the tip of that impressively manicured finger is an immature Smoky Brown Cockroach,
Periplaneta fuliginosa, as you can see by comparing it to this BugGuide image.  According to Urban Entomology:  “Smoky-brown cockroaches require high humidity for survival. They are found outside in wooded areas that provide shade and moisture. They can also be seen in protected areas around homes (tree holes and mulch) and in buildings and attics. Stacks of lumber and firewood, sewer-access openings and trash piles can contribute to infestations. Once in structures they are commonly found in attics or near fireplaces. These cockroaches can be attracted by a leaky roof.”  We suspect the bites you are getting are coming from some other creature.  Your other images are somewhat blurry, however the insect in one image does resemble a Bed Bug and it is likely the cause of the bites.

Possible Bed Bug

 

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Subject: Lice? Bed bug? Flea????
Location: Denver Colorado
August 9, 2017 7:26 pm
Hi! I’ve been seeing these strange things crawl across my iPad or iPhone screen for the past week or so. They are brown in color. Quite small. I’ve had my phone on a bed or couch when they seem to show up. What is it?????
Signature: Disgusted in Denver

Computer Loving Mite???

Dear Disgusted in Denver,
Though your image lacks important critical clarity, we suspect this is a Mite.  We have several postings in our archive devoted to computer loving Mites.

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Subject: Please what is this
Location: Corvallis montana
August 10, 2017 7:49 am
Found this in my daughters hair
Signature: Kelly

Human Louse

Dear Kelly,
This is the second image of a Human Head Louse we are posting this morning.  You should be able to take care of this with a visit to the pharmacy.  There are over the counter remedies, though we understand from some of our readers that you can also use a fine tooth comb to remove them.

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Subject: What is this??? Lice????
Location: Ohio
August 9, 2017 8:25 pm
I found this in the bathtub after washing my daughters hair!!?? Please help!! Thank you
Signature: Ashley

Human Louse

Dear Ashley,
You are correct.  This is a Louse.  You should be able to take care of this with a visit to the pharmacy.  There are over the counter remedies, though we understand from some of our readers that you can also use a fine tooth comb to remove them.

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Subject: What’s this bug?
Location: West Chester, OH
August 1, 2017 8:58 pm
Haven’t seen this before but it was crawling around an electrical outlet but worth almost no urgency. Can you please identify it?
Signature: Need to Know

Bed Bug

This is a Bed Bug.  If you found one, chances are there are more.

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Subject: Museum pest or not?
Location: Big Bend region of Texas (Fort Davis)
July 7, 2017 7:12 am
Greetings,
These beetles just showed up in our IPM traps in one of our furnished historic houses & we are trying to identify. Could these be varied carpet beetles? Staff here is divided on whether these are this dreaded museum pest. In consulting various museum pest websites, these specimens do not exactly match the posted images but also look close enough to cause concern. They are quite small – 2-3mm and have mostly been caught at traps located at entrance/exit doors. We found your website & hope you may be able to help. The pictures are the best ones we could take & hopefully, are clear enough to allow identification. Thank you.
Signature: Jennifer

Carpet Beetles

Dear Jennifer,
The quality of your image is quite poor, but these are unmistakably Carpet Beetles.

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