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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.

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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.

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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.

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Subject:  What’s this bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Midwest (Chicago area)
Date: 02/02/2019
Time: 11:41 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I have seen a couple of these bugs throughout our apartment. I thought they have been cockroaches but my landlord thinks otherwise. Can you help?
How you want your letter signed:  BH

Cockroach

Dear BH,
Your landlord is wrong.  This is a Cockroach.

Cockroach

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Subject:  type of insect
Geographic location of the bug:  Lebanon
Date: 01/31/2019
Time: 08:35 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  hi, I was literally surprised by itching for a period of time(1 month) so I started taking pills of allergy and nothing happened . one day, i was itching my leg, and i found a small insect like a spider it looks like it attached on the hair and skin. In that day i found 2 3 of them on my skin and i become more allergy but  there’s no patch of red skin or something bubble.
How you want your letter signed:  .

Crab Louse

Dear .,
This sure looks like a Crab Louse,
Phthiris pubis, to us, an ectoparasite often found living in human pubic hair.  Since you found this Crab Louse on yourself and not on a significant other, we can be totally frank and provide this information found on the Penn State Department of Entomology site:  “Crab lice usually are transmitted from person to person by sexual contact, however, they can be found on toilet seats and in beds, and from there, spread to people.”  You may or may not find amusing this Wired article questioning if the modern obsession with depilation of luxuriant growths of pubic hair due to changing standards of aesthetics might affect populations of Crab Lice in the future.  

Crab Louse

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Subject:  ID help please
Geographic location of the bug:  Melbourne, Australia
Date: 01/30/2019
Time: 07:33 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi Bugman,
We’ve had a heatwave here in Australia lately and a big increase in the suburban biting/sucking bug population. I found the one in the first image on my 2 year old daughter’s arm at breakfast, and subsequently found head lice on her scalp. It seems large (3mm) and very dark for a head louse, and I’m hoping to distinguish it from body lice (generalised itching in the household may well be psychosomatic of course!) I don’t think it’s a bed bug but would appreciate any input.
The second image is of a tiny (2mm x 2mm), round, shiny beetle I think, found on outdoor sofa. Could this be a type of ladybug as it seems very round?
The third was found on cot mattress while changing linen during lice treatment, it’s the most worrying given its location and I’ve no idea what it is. Measures 3mm long by 1mm wide.
My apologies for the image quality, all collected in tape before I found your site.
Many thanks in anticipation of some peace of mind,
How you want your letter signed:  Amanda

Louse

Dear Amanda,
The critter in your first image is definitely a Louse.  Though it is a North American site, BugGuide differentiates Head Lice from Body Lice by designating different subspecies of the Human Louse,
Pediculus humanusPenn State has a nice fact sheet on Lice.  We cannot make out enough details in image three and we will address 2 in a different response.

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