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Subject:  found on back
Geographic location of the bug:  Boise, Idaho
Date: 05/01/2018
Time: 11:08 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  hello, I was sitting in my bed going though my phone when I felt something on my back. I immediately picked this bug off and took a picture. only found one but I am interested in what it’s called.
How you want your letter signed:  Joesph

Tick

Dear Joesph,
Do you have a cat or dog that goes outside?  Were you tramping about in the fields lately?  This is a Tick and here is a BugGuide image of an American Dog Tick for comparison.  Ticks feed on blood.

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Subject:  Help!!! What is this bug???
Geographic location of the bug:  Johnson city, tn
Date: 04/25/2018
Time: 05:02 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Help!!!!   My daughter was infested with lice about a month ago.  She is clear.  In the meantime I’ve treated my head 2 times because I’ve pulled these bugs out of my hair and to be cautious.  This makes it the 3rd one I’ve seen.  Head is itchy in the back and sides.
How you want your letter signed:  Really desperate

Louse

Dear Really desperate,
Either your treatment was not effective or you have been reinfested.  This is a Louse.

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Subject:  Black flying bug in large window
Geographic location of the bug:  UK
Date: 04/18/2018
Time: 01:56 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  For the first time I’ve been seeing these beetles (?) in a large window in our house. Half a dozen will be seen over the course of a day. The seem to crawl on it around the window, in our sitting room only. No food is present, no flour in the house.
The are approx 5mm long. The can fly but are slow to do so.
Have seen a few for the last couple of months, but now we are in Springtime the appear more frequently.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
How you want your letter signed:  DS

Deathwatch Beetle

Dear DS,
This looks to us like a Deathwatch Beetle in the genus
Ptilinus, and according to BugGuide:  “Larvae are wood-borers [our spp. in hardwood.”  UK sightings are documented on UK Beetle Recording and according to the Website of the Watford Coleoptera Group:  “A wood borer, colonies of which are usually found in dry exposed Faguswood but a wide variety of hosts have been recorded including Sambucus, Fraxinus, Acer, Quercus, Ulnus etc as well as plywood and ornamental timber ¹. Both standing and felled timber are attacked.”

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Subject:  Audrey
Geographic location of the bug:  Northwest ohio
Date: 04/06/2018
Time: 06:57 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hey I found this in my bearded dragon tank and can’t figure out what it is
How you want your letter signed:  Audrey

Bed Bug Nymph

Dear Audrey,
This sure looks to us like a Bed Bug nymph, and you can compare your individual to this BugGuide image.  This is quite puzzling for us.  According to BugGuide, the members of the Bed Bug family are “ectoparasites of birds and mammals; most are associated with birds & bats, only 2 spp. (
Cimex lectularius and C. hemipterus) are permanently associated with humans.”   According to the U.S. Government Environmental Protection Agency site:  “Young bed bugs (also called nymphs), in general, are: smaller, translucent or whitish-yellow in color; and if not recently fed, can be nearly invisible to the naked eye because of coloring and size.”  Your individual appears to have recently fed, presumable from the blood of your Bearded Dragon.  We would also wonder why a single Bed Bug nymph appeared suddenly in your reptile tank leading us to speculate if it was bred in your home or if it was recently transported to the tank from something you got at the pet store.  We imagine mammals and birds sold at pet stores might become prey to Bed Bugs and kin in the family Cimicidae.  BeardedDragon.org contains a Q&A forum posting regarding bearded dragons and bed bugs, but no definitive answer is provided.

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Subject:  What’s this!
Geographic location of the bug:  Pillow
Date: 04/04/2018
Time: 10:01 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  My son found a bug on his pillow last night. We killed it. Another was found in middle of night on pillow. We killed it. Another was found on SAME pillow this morning.  Is this lice?
How you want your letter signed:  Bug-shy

Louse

Dear Bug-shy,
Your suspicions are correct.  Your son has Lice.

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Subject:  Is this a type of ladybug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Northeast us
Date: 03/25/2018
Time: 08:45 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi we have seen a number of these of late, dont know what they are.
How you want your letter signed:  Michael J. Winkler

Varied Carpet Beetle

Hi Michael,
This is a Varied Carpet Beetle, a common household pest.  The larvae do the damage indoors, feeding on organic materials including wool carpets, pet hair and many other things found in the home.  Adults feed on pollen and they are most often noticed indoors near windows as they try to get outside.

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