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Subject:  found on couch
Geographic location of the bug:  Connecticut
Date: 12/19/2018
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this on our couch. It appears to have wings but has not flown.
How you want your letter signed:  nicely?

Varied Carpet Beetle

This is a Carpet Beetle, probably a Varied Carpet Beetle, Anthrenus verbasci, and it is a common Household Pest.  Though adults feed on pollen and will not do any damage in the home, the larvae of Carpet Beetles will feed on a wide variety of organic materials in the home, including shed pet hair.  While they are mostly just a nuisance, they will also feed on woolen fibers found in carpets and upholstery.

Subject:  The pumpkin seed looking bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Brownsville TX
Date: 12/23/2018
Time: 10:54 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I have seen these things several times and at first thought it was a pumpkin seed, but as it began to crawl I figured it sooooo was NOT one!!  I could really use your help, never seen one befor,. They just began appearing inside house, not all move though.  I have tried looking them up, but have not found anything that might help. I also have a video of it moving.  Thanks…
How you want your letter signed:  Odette

Case Bearing Moth Larva

Dear Odette,
Because others have also compared its appearance to a pumpkin seed, we suspected correctly from your subject line that you were inquiring about a Case Bearing Moth Larva, a common household intruder found globally.  In the home, they often feed on debris like shed pet hair, but they are also known to feed on pet foods and other organic materials.

Subject:  Found four of these in my house
Geographic location of the bug:  Northern westchester.  South salem new york
Date: 12/22/2018
Time: 03:09 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found one dead on A sweater in my drawer, another on the steps and two more. They are hard shelled. Please see if you can identify.
How you want your letter signed:  Roberts

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Dear Roberts,
While your image is quite blurry, we are confident this is a Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, an Invasive Exotic species from Asia that is now established across North America.  Invasive Exotic species often proliferate as they have no natural enemies.  They are also Household Pests since they seek shelter indoors to escape our cold winters.  Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs pose a significant threat to agriculture since, according to BugGuide, they are “Highly polyphagous, reported on ~300 plant spp. in its native range; feeds mostly on fruit, but also on leaves, stems, petioles, flowers, and seeds. Damage typically confined to fruiting structures.”  Indoors they are a nuisance, but they will not damage your home nor its furnishings.

Thank you so much!

Subject:  Weird bug found in bedroom during winter
Geographic location of the bug:  Florida
Date: 12/25/2018
Time: 07:24 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  We keep getting these bugs in only one of the bedrooms but only during winter. They are mostly seen at the window and on the bed but we don’t know where they come in from.
How you want your letter signed:  Micheal

Carpet Beetle Larva

Dear Micheal,
This is a Carpet Beetle larva, a common household pest that feeds on many organic materials in the home, including organic fibers like wool and debris like shed pet hair.

Subject:  What is that
Geographic location of the bug:  11214
Date: 12/22/2018
Time: 08:21 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  the mm ruler is on the left
How you want your letter signed:  Alex

Smooth Spider Beetle

Dear Alex,
This is a Spider Beetle, a common Household Pest that will infest stored foods.  We are confident it is a Smooth Spider Beetle,
Gibbium aequinoctiale, which is picture on BugGuide where it states the habitat is “Mainly houses, flour mills, occasionally warehouses, hospitals, stores” and food includes “wide variety of dead organic materials; may be a dry stored product pest.”

Thank you very much for your help – it was done perfectly
Alex

Subject:  Heeeeeeelp
Geographic location of the bug:  Morehead Coty, NC, USA
Date: 12/10/2018
Time: 02:24 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I believe this is what has been biting me. I’m pretty sure it’s a bedbug, but I want to make sure before flipping out. Thanks
How you want your letter signed:  TheChamp

Bed Bug

Dear TheChamp,
You are correct that this is a Bed Bug, a blood-sucking insect that will infest homes and feed on sleeping humans.