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Subject: Beetles?
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
June 24, 2017 3:01 am
Hello. I think these might be some type of flea or water beetles. They jumped out of our bathtub drain in Phoenix, Arizona. These 2 were the largest. Some were so small they looked like flecks of pepper. They jump & bite hard! They also seem to be able to swim.
Signature: Fed Up in AZ

Moth

Dear Fed Up in AZ,
We are going to contact Eric Eaton to get his opinion on this, but we believe these are Thrips in the order Thysanoptera, but we don’t know what they are doing in your bathtub drain.  These are not Beetles.  You can see images of Thrips on BugGuide, including this image and this image.

Moth

Eric Eaton Responds
Daniel:
Ok, two different organisms at play here.  The images are of a small moth, maybe Tineidae for family.  The other creatures she describes are springtails, order Collembola.  They do not bite, though, so maybe yet another insect is to blame, like fleas or something.
Eric
author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America
http://bugeric.blogspot.com/

Ed. Note:  There are no Springtails visible in this image.  While we thought the jumping and the drain indicated possible Springtails, the pictured Moth is most definitely NOT a Springtail.  Since Springtails do not bite, we were additionally puzzled.

Moth

Interesting!  Thanks. We had mold growing beneath the bathtub and in the walls surrounding the separate shower and in the carpeted areas also. The bugs also came up through cracks in the cement and cracks in the grout of the floor tiles all throughout the house ( likely from a slab leak beneath the home. )
The county extension office identified them as a mix of Beetles and Springtails, yet they didn’t specify any types of beetles or springtails. They did say none of them would be biting people and they were drawn indoors because of the mold.
We were renting and we moved, but whatever they are they must’ve gotten into our belongings because we still live with them. Not as bad,mind you! But they’re still very much present indoors and still biting and making our lives miserable. On the rare occasion we do manage to smash one of the bigger ones mid bite, it’s always plainly full of bright red blood. I just don’t understand it and I’m so sick of it. The tiny ones seem to bore into furniture and even tile and cement! How???
Thank you again

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Subject: Bug Identification
Location: Charleston, SC
April 30, 2017 9:50 pm
We recently encountered these bugs inside our new build house. There have been several recently seen inside our house 5 months after moving in and we want to make sure they aren’t termites. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much in advance.
Signature: N/A

Termite

This is a Termite.  Just because the house was built recently, does not mean that it would be Termite free.  You have no idea how long wood was stored or in what condition the house existed during construction.

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Subject: Please help bug on the bed
Location: South Florida browsed county
April 29, 2017 12:41 pm
Hi there please help I found a super tiny black bug on the bed moving know it is not a bed bug but I can’t figure out with it is when I squeezed it it mad a pop sound similar to a tick and blood came out but does not look like a tick it also had a tail that somewhat resembles a scorpion or an ear wick but only one not two and again it was super tiny I got a picture of it but it’s so small it’s not super clear . I have been very itchy with Tiny but marks
Signature: Concerned and itchy

Louse

Dear Concerned and itchy,
This is a Louse, and chances are good that if you found one, there might be more.  You might want to begin by checking the heads of all who slept in the bed.

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Subject:  What’s That Bug?
Location:  Ventura, California
April 28, 2017
Dearest Bugman,
I live in Ventura, Ca a small coastal city about an hour north of LA. My home is on the hillside and I enjoy the small ecosystem in my neighborhood with a variety of birds (some of which sing morning and night), lizards, other critters I often do not encounter inside my home and a large variety of “bugs” of all types. I often have silverfish in my home and my practice is to acknowledge them and let them be, but I spotted this guy the other night on my kitchen floor and he looked a little different. I got down on the floor for an intimate photoshoot with this little fella, and also noticed that when I got close he would flutter small wings, but never really took flight. I snapped these shots with my iPhone and hopefully got enough details for you to determine just who my new friend is…  30 seconds after I switched off the kitchen light and sat down in the other room (with a view of the kitchen) I saw a mouse run across the very kitchen floor I had just been down and dirty on! Of course I screamed as this was my very first ever experience of any type of four legged animal in my domicile. I considered leaving for the evening and returning in daylight hours, but decided that it is my home and I will be a decent hostess even to the most unsavory of uninvited guests for a night or two. It took 3 nights and about 15 have a heart traps set in my kitchen by a professional, but the good news is it appears that there are no longer unwanted mammals in my home… which brings us back to the question at hand: have you seen this before?
Signature:  Melanie On the Irish Chain

Bristletail

Dear Melanie on the Irish Chain,
The Bristletail in your images is a primitive insect that was once classified with Silverfish and several other groups that have since been taxonomically divided, with Bristletails now being classified in the Order Microcoryphia.  BugGuide has some wonderfully detailed images of Bristletails.  Based on this BugGuide information on habitat:  “outdoor grassy or wooded environments: under bark, in leaf litter, rock crevices, or under stones; not normally found in homes, does not breed indoors, and not considered a pest” we would not classify this posting as a Household Pest, but considering your encounter with the rodent, we feel the tag is appropriate.

Bristletail

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Subject: A beetle?
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
April 29, 2017 10:08 am
I found this bug in my bedroom and let it outside. It’s early spring, and it seemed to be the only one and didn’t have friends. I hope.
Signature: SJ

Larder Beetle

Dear SJ,
The Larder Beetle is a common household pest that will infest stored foods and other organic items in the home.

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Subject: Looks like an Ant???
Location: Deatsville, Alabama
April 28, 2017 1:24 pm
Found these crawling around on tile by our sliding glass door. I looked at them under a jewelers loupe. The antennae appear “beaded” and it looks like one of them may have had wings. They kind of look like ants but they kind of don’t. We tried googling what these were but came up empty. My husband picked them up with a piece of scotch tape. Both pictures are the “same” but one you can see a little more clearly. I hope you can help.
Signature: Sandy

Termites

Dear Sandy,
You did not indicate if this was an indoor or an outdoor sighting.  If they were found on the tile inside the house, you might want to consult with an expert since these are Termites.  Termites often make themselves known when they swarm, and an indoor swarm will cause attention.  Swarming Termites are reproductive alates, winged fertile males and females that mate and shed their wings when starting a new colony.

Hi Daniel,
The insects were actually found inside the house right by my sliding glass door. We have not found any more beyond the few we collected and submitted to you for identification. I’m thinking they probably got in the house when I opened the door. Since you said they were termites we are being very careful when we go in and out to not allow any more into the house and if they do get in they will be disposed of immediately.
Thank you for answering what that bug was!!
Sandy

Hi Again Sandy,
If they were found indoors, our suspicion is that they originated indoors.  It is possible you have a Termite “situation” and that they swarmed indoors, seeking the light of the doorway as a possible egress.

Hi Daniel
I will call our pest control company on Monday and !et them know and ask them to come out and check our house. We get annual inspection but they don’t/won’t treat around our house. Maybe now that we have seen termites inside they will finally come treat!
Thanks again
Sandy

Hi Sandy,
If you just rent, you might want to sit tight because it will probably be years before there is any significant damage.

Hi Daniel,
We actually own our home. We use a company our builder used when the house was built. The concrete slab was treated before the house was framed, and I believe the soil was trenched once the construction was completed. The company is Arrow Pest Control. That company may be local to Alabama, I am not sure. I have asked them to come retreat/trench around the house since we built the house 17 years ago but they say they only come to inspect the house once a year, they won’t retreat. I will call them on monday and ask them to treat and if I can’t get them to come, well, they aren’t the only folks in town who run  a pest control service ;).
Thanks again for your insight and help, I truly appreciate it!
Sandy

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